NBA Finals finally face the finale


Tonight's easy best bet: the seventh and deciding game of the NBA Finals.

* "NBA Finals" (9 p.m.-conclusion, WMAR, Channel 2) -- The Houston Rockets have the home-court advantage for Game 7 against the New York Knicks, and the one advantage viewers have is that, unlike Friday's Game 6, this final game is not likely to be pre-empted by coverage of a low-speed chase. NBC.

* "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- John Wesley Shipp guest stars as Roy Larsen, the physical-fitness overenthusiast who takes an almost instant dislike to Kelly (David Caruso). Listen for the dialogue slyly referring to Mr. Shipp's previous TV series, "The Flash." ABC.


* "World Cup Soccer: Romania vs. Switzerland" (3:55 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- Romania already has a victory, and Switzerland has a loss, so this game is a lot more important for the latter than for the former -- but with a second victory, Romania's advancement to the next level would be a lock.

* "World Cup Soccer: U.S. vs. Colombia" (7:25 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- The U.S., on the other hand, tied its first game, while Colombia lost its in a surprising upset. Both teams will be pushing for a win -- and Colombia, a major favorite, is expected to push harder.

* "Dream On" (10-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- Usually, "Dream On" inaugurates its new seasons with an expanded one-hour episode. This year it does the same thing, except HBO is splitting the show into weekly half-hour segments. Tonight's Part 1 has Martin (Brian Benben) kidnapped by a pair of screenwriters (Jami Gertz, Scott Bakula) who plan to sell and write the story of their own crime. The one good scene: a rather frantic emergency call that would never make "Rescue 911."

* "The Larry Sanders Show" (10:30-11 p.m., HBO) -- When Garry Shandling closed "The Larry Sanders Show" last season, it was with a cliffhanger of sorts: Mr. Shandling's Larry, weary of the backbiting and insincerity of the talk-show biz, had walked off his show and fled to a fishing cabin in Montana. Now, for the season premiere, he's fishing for his old job, angling for a way to return -- and trying to get his first return guest, Bernadette Peters, to sing "Hello, Larry" to him. Rip Torn, as Larry's manager Artie, is as hilarious as ever.

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