The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will tip off the NBA Finals Thursday night at 9 ET in what should be a fabulous series. The Celtics dominated the Lakers in the 2008 Finals and it willl be interesting to see who wins this battle between the last two NBA champions. Two superstars will likely determine the outcome of this series: Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo. Kobe Bryant must score efficiently against the Celtics stiffling defense and carry the load. The rest of his team mates will not be able to score as easily as they were able to against the Phoenix Suns. Rajon Rondo has become a superstar during these playoffs. He is a terrific leader and makes amazing decisions with the basketball. The ball is always in his hands, he is the key to the Celtics offense. He will create for others and his play will determine the play of his teammates. If he gets into the open court, watch out. I predict the Celtics will win this series in 7. Their defense and selflessness should be able to overcome the Lakers in an amazing series.