In analyzing which team would win a seven game match up (NBA Finals) I have to consider the three out of five method. Essentially, which team has better players at more positions?
Center: Bynum/Odom vs Joel Anthony
Power Forward: Gasol vs. Bosh
Shooting Forward: James vs Artest
Shooting Guard: Bryant vs. Wade
Point Guard: Fisher vs Arroyo
So the issue is who is better, Wade or Bryant? If it is Wade (and I'm inclined to believe it is) then the match is a push, with possibly the Lakers winning because size beats perimeter players. If Bryant can match Wade for a series, great, but I have serious doubts he could guard Dwayne Wade for a seven game series. Dwayne is really fast and really strong, and Kobe Bryant is coming off a knee surgery and is now in his early thirties.