Fran Blinebury: Thunder in five. They’re younger, better deeper. Best case isKobe will explode in one home game to get a win. Another end-of-the-road sweep for the Lakers isn’t out of the question after gagging up Game 2 so ignominiously.
Scott Howard-Cooper: The Thunder will beat the Lakers in six games. I would have liked to see this series include a Laker team playing with urgency, but no sign of that. The Thunder are better, but the Lakers are still good enough to make it interesting. Said the man who saidDallas would never sweepL.A. in the second round a year ago.