the lakers easily beat the pistons? the lakers lost to the pistons when they had kobe, shaq, malone, and payton, that after winning 3 in a row from 2000 to 2002. the west is def a better conference, but the pistons and celtics can hang with any of the west teams. the spurs and lakers are the best in the west, so one of them will face eaither the pistons or celtics. i dont know who will win, it is very open, but i def cannot see the lakers beating the pistons. what makes you think that anyways? not from recent matchups, that is for sure. and the pistons have been beating up on the top west teams this year. they easily beat phoenix by 30 at phoenix, then beat them again without their usual leading scorer, rip. i can see the spurs beating the pistons and celtics, but not the lakers.