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NBA closing in on dream finals

By the weekend, the NBA could have a so-called "dream" matchup for the league finals. The Lakers -- who lead the Spurs, 3-1 -- could wrap up their Western Conference series against San Antonio tonight at home. The Celtics has a little tougher job. Ahead 3-2 in the Eastern finals, Boston will try to close out the Pistons tomorrow night but the game is in Detroit.

The Lakers are 7-0 at the Staples Center in the playoffs and in their last game at home, ran away from the Spurs by 30 points. There have been times during this series when San Antonio has looked tired, suddenly old, and trying to keep their title defense alive on the road appears to be a bridge too far.

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The trailing Pistons seem to be in better shape going home but their top scorer, Richard Hamilton, left last night's game late with an injured elbow (X-rays were negative) and Rasheed Wallace is playing with six technicals and one more gets him a one-game suspension. That's a lot of baggage to carry against the Celtics.

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