NBA First-Round Upsets Waiting to Happen

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NBA First-Round Upsets Waiting to Happen
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Upsets in the NBA Playoffs are a little more rare than in March Madness. It's a lot more difficult for an underdog to get the better of an opponent over a seven-game series, but it does happen.

Which teams could potentially be spoilers and Cinderellas in the 2013 NBA playoffs?

A favorable underdog is one that is able to fully exploit a better team's weaknesses, or a team that has a particular style which renders itself successful in short stretches (e.g., teams that live and die by the three).

It's difficult for a lesser team to triumph in seven games with coaches being able to adjust and adapt on a game-by-game basis, but some teams are far better than their records indicate. The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, in particular, have played very well against elite opponents.

Ranked in order from least likely to most probable, let's examine five matchups that could potentially spell disaster for the higher seeded team.

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