I try to stay away from the predicting business.
It's a lot easier (and I come off sounding a lot smarter) when I look back at a game and analyze it, rather than look ahead to one and hypothesize what is going to happen.
The nature of Drive to the Finals, however, is to pick a player who you think will have a big night before he has it. It's all about predicting.
So, since I'm going to have to predict the experts' best choice on Tuesday, I'm going to go with a player who has been doing a little prognosticating of his own.
Not only does Orlando guard Jameer Nelson predict a win in Game 5 of the Pistons-Magic series, he guarantees one:
""We're going to make some adjustments and we're going to win this game. I'm not being arrogant or cocky or anything like that. I think [Saturday] we let it slip out of our hands. Game 2 we let it slip out of our hands. We're going to win this game in Detroit."Those are some big words for a small guy.
Big words that he'll have to back up on the court, which shouldn't be too much of a problem considering he's averaging 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists (25.5 PRA) in the playoffs so far.
It's an elimination game for the Magic and we've already snatched away Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu in previous games. The only Florida resident remaining who's worth grabbing is Nelson.
I'm predicting he'll put up around a 30 PRA and Orlando will lose ... but, that's no guarantee.