My heart says the Lakers will find a way to pull off an improbable win tonight, but my mind says the Thunder will most likely take Game 1.
The Lakers will be tired after a long 7 game series against the Nuggets, while the Thunder are rested and ready to run circles around the Lakers already slow-footed defense. However, if Artest can play defense on Durant like he did in the 2010 playoffs, and if Bynum and Gasol play with a lot of passion and heart, then there's a chance the Lakers could win.
It's a strange feeling to have the Lakers as the underdog for the first time since the 2008 Finals against Boston nearly 4 years ago; let's hope they can use that as motivation to come out and find a way to win this very difficult road game.
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat