Upset Meter for Every First-Round NBA Playoff Series

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Upset Meter for Every First-Round NBA Playoff Series
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Tony Allen and the Grizzlies don't care that they aren't the favorites.

The NBA playoffs are far different from March Madness. Upsets are rare, and the better team almost always wins in a seven-game series.

On occasion, a lower seed—like the the 2007 "We Believe" Golden State Warriors—will shock the world. But such feats are few and far between. 

The opening weekend of the postseason showed why, as every higher seed won their opening-round matchups.

That said, there is some potential for a first-round upset this year. Across the board, it remains unlikely, but a few teams may be able to get hot and take out the favorite.

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