2010 NBA Playoffs: Five Teams Most Likely To Pull a First Round Upset

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2010 NBA Playoffs: Five Teams Most Likely To Pull a First Round Upset

The NBA postseason has arrived, the byproduct of a grueling 82 game regular season whose sole purpose is to establish seeding in the race to the Larry O'Brien trophy.

That positioning is important because it gives the higher seeded teams the privilege of starting their second season from the comforts of their home courts, but in some cases that is not always an advantage.

The more dominant teams will usually materialize in the course of a seven game series, and that team is usually the higher seeded team, unless the series is dictated by matchups.

Matchups were the bane of the Cleveland Cavaliers in last season's Eastern Conference Finals, and even though Cleveland had the better regular season record, they were undone by fundamental flaws.

The first round of this season's NBA playoffs offers a handful of teams who could benefit from those same advantages in the matchups, and the overall parity of the league.

Especially in the Western Conference, where all eight teams won at least 50 games, and seeds Nos. 2-8 were not established until the very last day of the regular season.

That type of parity could make the seedings misleading, and a much lower seeded team in the West could pull off what would seem to be a monumental upset, when in reality the teams were not that far apart anyway.

I have compiled a list of five teams who are the most likely to capitalize off advantages in matchups or similar talent, and pull upsets in the first round.

There is no guarantee they will happen, but under the right circumstances and conditions, these teams have the best shot at pulling off the unlikely.

The teams are listed from most improbable to most likely, and I welcome any feedback or differing opinions on the matter.

Feel free to offer your own picks for likely perpetrators of an upset as well, as there are sure to be other elements I may have missed which could change the course of a series. Please enjoy.

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