May 11, 2004 5:03 AM


Second round playoffs

Game 4

Pistons (+3) at Nets: It’s all about defense. Nets need a repeat of Game 3 effort or Detroit will coast in 5. Expect highs in the 60s and we’re not talking weather. We see better effort from Pistons, but Nets squeak spread out. NJ.

Spurs (+4½) at Lakers: The Lakers found Zen in Game 3 and humbled Spurs. Now San Antonio rebounds with much better effort in the pivotal matchup of this marquee series. SAN ANTONE.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 33-23



Game 3

Lightning at Flyers (Thursday night special): Tampa Bay has no fear either home or away. Buhlin Wall showed signs of coming down Monday at St. Pete. Pressure on Tampa Bay to reclaim home ice advantage. TAMPA BAY.

Flames at Sharks (Game 2): San Jose faces must win situation against Canada’s hope. Sharks should get this one, heading to Calgary even for Game 3. Expect another 1-goal result. SAN JOSE.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 28-28.