Spoiler Alert: Ranking the NBA Playoffs' Most Likely Upset Specials

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Spoiler Alert: Ranking the NBA Playoffs' Most Likely Upset Specials
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March Madness wrapped up a week ago, but hoopheads craving more upsets can rest easy: The NBA playoffs are very near.

However, the No. 8-seeded Milwaukee Bucks channeling their inner Jimmy Chitwood and upsetting the Miami Heat is not going to happen, and it was therefore omitted from this slideshow ranking the most likely upsets. 

After the tragic injury to Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers aren't going to be upsetting the Oklahoma City Thunder either—assuming they hold on to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

The Boston Celtics, however—fueled by a Hall of Fame performance from Paul Pierce—do have an opportunity to eliminate the New York Knicks in the first round.

Those and other possible upsets—ranging from remote to likely, based on the likelihood that they occur—were ranked accordingly on a series-by-series basis.

We've used the NBA standings through Sunday to seed each team. While varying in magnitude, a lower-seeded team eliminating a higher-seeded team qualifies as an upset. 

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