It's April once again, which means the NBA playoffs are upon us, and with it, comes the predictability of the first few match ups between the first and second seeds. This year, that's not entirely the case, because the Western Conference is absolutely brutal. Every team in the playoffs in the West has 50 or more wins except for the 8th seed Dallas Mavericks, who will go up against the San Antonio Spurs, with 49 wins. The Phoenix Suns, who barely missed the playoffs, ended the year with 48 wins. Both teams would have been the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. The East has largely been a two team race between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, as basically everybody is gearing up for the almost inevitable showdown between the Eastern Conference giants in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The first round in the East will be Indiana/Atlanta and Miami/Charlotte, which will surely be snooze fests. The West will have San Antonio/Dallas and Oklahoma City/Memphis, in what will likely be tough for both the Spurs and the Thunder. As for the other match ups, well, here are the teams that may surprise.