The winner of this year's NBA Finals will be …

As usual, the Spurs will wait in the weeds. We won't hear much about their owner (as we will from Dallas), or their up-tempo offense (as we will from Phoenix), or their struggles to maintain good chemistry (as we will from both teams in L.A.). But as long as the Big Three (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili) stay healthy, they will win the West. ~ Jack McCallum

The Spurs won in '03 and '05, so it's their turn again. More important, Tim Duncan is healthier and more rested than he was a year ago. The Spurs will make it back and face LeBron's surprising Cavs in the Finals. LeBron will go crazy a la Dwyane Wade a year ago, but San Antonio's combination of inside game (Duncan), speed (Tony Parker), playmaking (Manu Ginobili) and depth (Michael Finley) will carry it to the crown. ~ Marty Burns

Pat Riley squeezes one last run to the Finals out of Shaq as Dwyane Wade two-ups LeBron in the East finals. But Riley's motivational ploys run empty against an even more-disciplined Spurs team that will closely monitor Tim Duncan's minutes and rely on Tony Parker's drives into the paint to spread the Spurs attack. And after losing to Dallas on a dumb foul late in Game 7 of the Western semifinals, the Spurs will be looking to teach the Mavs a lesson. ~ Paul Forrester

The easy calculation is that the Spurs are too old to win. But if Tim Duncan had been healthy last season, San Antonio might well have beaten Dallas and gone on to win its third championship in four years. Tony Parker is plenty young and can now carry the team at times. San Antonio has great players at point guard and center, the two most important positions. I think the Spurs have one more title in them. ~ Chris Ekstrand

NBA experts offer their predictions for the 2006-07 season.

P.S. Five of the eight experts chose the Spurs.

Read and post comments | Send to a friend