5 Teams Set to Disrupt the NBA Postseason

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5 Teams Set to Disrupt the NBA Postseason
J Pat Carter

Some NBA underdogs can still have an impact on the postseason, either by upsetting teams in the first round or by wearing their opponent down and setting them up to lose in the next. Those are teams that disrupt the postseason.

Sometimes teams don't win the title, but still manage to screw up the playoffs for someone else.

It seems an annual event. Last year, the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors upset the third-seeded Denver Nuggets. In 2012 and 2011, No. 8 seeds shocked No. 1 seeds. In 2012, that was the Philadelphia 76ers over the Chicago Bulls. In 2011, it was the San Antonio Spurs being upended by the Memphis Grizzlies.

There has also been a recent trend where teams who win in seven games lose in the following round. In the 10 times this decade a team has been taken to seven games in the first two rounds, the winner lost the following series. 

The seedings right now are fluid, but looking ahead at the playoffs, we can see potential matchups that could take shape in the first two rounds which might be problematic for the favorites.

Here are five teams whose chances at a title are less than five percent, according to Basketball-Reference's Playoff Probabilities Report, but who could still send ripples through the postseason, either by upsetting the favorite or by putting up such a fight the top dog loses in the following round.

They are ranked first by round, then by likelihood of happening. 


All stats for this article are provided by Basketball-Reference.com or NBA.com/STATS and are linked accordingly. They are current through games of April 2

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