The first four games of the NBA Conference Championships have given us all two strong underdogs to get behind. Denver, though tied at 2-2, is the underdog in the Western Championships because the Lakers have the home advantage, and, of course, they're the Lakers. Though the Nuggets have disappointed on occasion, they have shown they have the potential to beat LA, and thus are worthy of our fervent support.
As for Cleveland, now down 3-1 to Orlando, I don't think they're beaten yet. I expect the next game, in Cleveland, to be a blowout or close to it for the home team. It will come down to a tense Game 6 then, because Game 7 back in Cleveland would likely be another one.
The other event that has me on edge is tomorrow's Champions Cup Final in Europe between Manchester United and Barcelona. The appeal of this game is massive--both teams have supercharged offenses filled with marquee players. Man U. has a better defense, by far, but if the game becomes a scoring competition it won't matter. That is why one has to expect that Sir Alec will try to put the clamps down: he will gladly take the opprobrium with the trophy. If the Red Devils get behind, though, he won't be able to do that, so look for an early score by Barcelona. If they haven't scored in 30 minutes, though, better turn the channel, because it could get very frustrating.