NBA Playoffs 2016: Breaking Down Potential First-Round Matchups

April 4th, 2016 by Mike Norris Leave a reply »

While the top NBA teams in both conferences have wrapped up playoff spots, the bottom seeds are still open with 10 days left in the regular season.

Of course the season doesn't end today, but if it did, below are the eight matchups in both conferences that would take place in the postseason.

The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards in the East and Houston Rockets in the West are the only teams currently not in the playoff picture still able to clinch a spot before the final day on April 13.

Let's take a look at the potential first-round matchups as well as predictions for all eight series. 


Eastern Conference

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons Season series: Detroit, 2-1

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are clearly the best team in the East, but it's still been a season featuring nearly as many downs as ups.

It started with the firing of head coach David Blatt despite the fact the team had the best record in the East just prior to the All-Star Game.

Friction between James and the Cavs has surfaced, per's J ...

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