The NBA playoffs have been full of drama and great basketball already, and many teams are only playing their second game tonight.
The first few games of the playoffs can speak the most about a team’s character.
A variety of factors, including injuries, suspensions or a lack of intensity can reveal whether a team has the right players and toughness to make a deep run in the playoffs. It is also important to recognize which teams will turn it around after a poor start, and which teams will find themselves watching the playoffs on television like the rest of us.
Here are five bold predictions based on the first wave of games in these playoffs, which are shaping up to be more exciting than ever.