1. Thu, Jun 9 – at SA, 9:00 pm
2. Sun, Jun 12 – at SA, 9:00 pm
3. Tue, Jun 14 – at Det, 9:00 pm
4. Thu, Jun 16 – at Det, 9:00 pm
5.* Sun, Jun 19 – at Det, 9:00 pm
6.* Tue, Jun 21 – at SA, 9:00 pm
7.* Thu, Jun 23 – at SA, 9:00 pm
* – if necessary
(All games on ABC)
How they got here:
Detroit beat Philly in 5, Indy in 6, and Miami in 7.
San Antonio beat Denver in 5, Seattle in 6, and Phoenix in 5.
The Pistons and Spurs were 1-1 against each other in the regular season (the home team won both games).
The Spurs went 59-23 in the regular season. Detroit went 54-28, so the Spurs will have home-court advantage.
This playoff series will be 2-3-2. In other words, the first two games are in Texas, the next three in Michigan, and the final two back in Texas. This differs from the rest of the NBA playoffs, which are 2-2-1-1-1.
Pistons Likely Starting Five:
PG – Chauncey Billups
SG – Richard Hamilton
SF – Tayshaun Prince
PF – Rasheed Wallace
C – Ben Wallace
Spurs Likely Starting Five:
PG – Tony Parker
SG – Manu Ginobili
SF – Bruce Bowen
PF – Tim Duncan
C – Nazr Mohammed
Pistons will steal Game One in San Antonio. The Spurs have had too many days off and will be rusty early. The Pistons, on the other hand, will still be on an emotional high from their Game Seven victory in Miami Monday night.
San Antonio will regroup and win Game Two.
The Pistons will win two-of-three at home, losing either Game Three or Game Four (but not Game Five). The series will then conclude back in Texas, with the Pistons up 3-2.
San Antonio will pull out a victory in Game Six, but the poised Pistons will finish them off in Game Seven, and join the small club of back-to-back NBA champions.
NBA Finals MVP:
Rip Hamilton, who will not only successfully contain Manu Ginobili on the defensive end, but will also lead the Pistons in scoring in this series (as well as through the entire playoffs).
Rasheed Wallace Technical Fouls Total:
Four. (One per road game…)