NBA video: Dwyane Wade predicts Lakers, Sixers to meet in the Finals
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Video: Dwyane Wade predicts Lakers, Sixers to meet in NBA Finals

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Joining the NBA on TNT crew prior to opening night, now-retired Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade predicted a Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers meeting at the 2020 NBA Finals.

The Lakers figure to be one of the top contenders in the Western Conference, thanks to the addition of All-Star forward Anthony Davis. While the team missed out on Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they were still able to acquire notable free agents such as Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook and Dwight Howard.

On the other hand, the Sixers remain one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference despite the departure of Jimmy Butler. They landed Josh Richardson in the sign-and-trade deal for Butler and signed Al Horford to form a terror frontcourt duo with Joel Embiid.

Wade’s prediction, should it come true in nearly eight months, would be the fifth time the two franchises would meet at the NBA Finals. The Lakers own a 3-1 record in the Finals over the Sixers, however.

The most recent Lakers-Sixers Finals meeting was in 2001, when Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and company defeated Allen Iverson’s Philly team in five games.

Before that, the Julius Erving Sixers met Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers in three series in four years in early 1980s. Philly won their first championship in 1983.