Blueprint for Upsets in 1st Round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs

April 19th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Most NBA playoff brackets are not made to be busted.

Superior teams usually prevail over the course of a seven-game series. Exhibit A: this year. The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors aren't facing real playoff teams; the Portland Trail Blazers don't have enough star power to fend off the Los Angeles Clippers; and the Dallas Mavericks can only unseat the Oklahoma City Thunder if Kevin Durant continues vomiting career-worst shooting showings.

That leaves a very specific set of Eastern Conference teams ferrying the hopes and dreams of upset enthusiasts. These sleeper contestants may not end up winning their respective series, but they are the most likely to create a wrinkle inside an otherwise predictable postseason caste. 


Boston Celtics

At first glance, the Boston Celtics shouldn't be an upset candidate. They are the Eastern Conference's No. 5 seed, playing the fourth-place Atlanta Hawks. These postseason matchups don't yield surprise winners, regardless of who emerges victorious—especially when participant ...

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