With the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors kicking off the Western Conference portion of the playoffs, there are a ton of possibilities moving forward, with each game having the ability to take on a tiny story of its own.
Golden State will be forced to enter one of the toughest arenas in the NBA, as the Nuggets are 38-3 in the friendly confines of the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver.
There are a handful of matchups that we'll have to keep an eye on along the way, as Ty Lawson and Steph Curry go head-to-head, Kenneth Faried gets the job of chasing around David Lee, Andre Iguodala holds down the perimeter, and Andrew Bogut finds out if he can keep up with a rowdy JaVale McGee off the bench.
Denver played well in a seven-game series against the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's playoffs, as Los Angeles found it difficult to keep up with Denver's fast-paced antics.
Fast-forward a year and they're the best dark-horse candidate the league has capable of squeezing its way into the playoffs, with the Warriors being merely a stepping stone on their way to bigger and better things.
Meanwhile, this is the first year that the Warriors have made the playoffs since 2007, and the first bit of playoff experience for most of the team. They've played a combined 146 playoff games between them, 94 of which are under Richard Jefferson's belt.
Can the Warriors slow the Nuggets down and make this a series, or are the Nuggets on track to run over the challengers and never look back?
Let's go ahead and take a look at how things could unfold over the course of the next week or so.