Monday 23 October 2017 / 06:13 AM

Playoff Preview

Finally, we are here.

The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday so let the games begin. Here are all the opening round series:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (1) vs. Houston Rockets (8)

 

Wow. What a start to the NBA Playoffs, huh? Not only does Oklahoma City get a very tough, gritty and talented Houston Rockets team but they also play former teammate James Harden.

You can’t get any better than that from a fan’s perspective and you better believe Oklahoma City will get all they can handle from those pesky Rockets.

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. L.A. Lakers (7)

 

No Kobe Bryant means an easy opening round victory for San Antonio, right? Maybe, maybe not. The Lakers are playing some of the best basketball of the season and all aspects are involved not just one. They will be ready to pull off the upset.

San Antonio will most likely win the series but they better come prepared. Los Angeles won’t go away easily and they have the talent to make this a long series.

Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Golden State Warriors (6)

 

Denver’s home court advantage will be the difference in this series. They have always been a quality home team but it’s certainly apparent this season.

The Nuggets are a league-leading 38-3 at home this season. They are just 19-22 on the road. This will be a very exciting and fun series to watch but the home team should be able to take care of business.

L.A. Clippers (4) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (5)

 

Memphis and Los Angeles may end up being the most competitive series of the entire first round.

Memphis and Los Angeles are both 32-9 at home and 24-17 at home. This will be one of the more even series of the opening round.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

 

Miami Heat (1) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8)

 

All Heat all the time. Milwaukee has no chance to win this series.

New York Knicks (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)

 

New York hasn’t won a playoff series in a very long time. Carmelo Anthony has only won one playoff series in his career.

You better believe Boston has a big chance to win this series. They have the talent, experience and coaching to pull off the big upset.

Indiana Pacers (3) vs. Atlanta Hawks (6)

 

Atlanta has the components to give Indiana some problems and they have done so in the past.

They are a solid home team but their inability to win on the road (19-22) will haunt them.

Brooklyn Nets (4) vs. Chicago Bulls (5)

 

This series is destined to go deep.

 

Both teams have quality talent, both play well at home and both have something to prove. Chicago’s defense will keep them in the series but Brooklyn’s talent might rule out.

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