2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: The Most Dangerous Lower-Seeded Teams To Avoid

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2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: The Most Dangerous Lower-Seeded Teams To Avoid
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Everybody knows the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are the top teams in the NBA and the favorites to compete for an NBA championship.

But just because they are favorites doesn't necessarily mean they will end up in the finals.

Just last year, the Bucks pushed the Hawks to seven games, the eighth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder gave the Lakers all they could handle in six games and the Portland Trail Blazers gave the Phoenix Suns a nice challenge.

All this happened while the Utah Jazz upset the Denver Nuggets and the seventh-seeded Spurs took down the second-seeded Mavericks.

Needless to say, being a higher seed doesn't guarantee either a ticket to the second round or even an easy road along the way.

Every year it seems at least one team near the bottom of the playoff bracket makes a run at one of the higher-seeded teams.

This year, quite a few teams look like they could make runs at any one of the top teams in the league, putting a scare into the fans of teams dreaming of championships.

So here I have the ranking of lower-seeded playoff teams or teams that look like they could find their way into the playoffs in the final weeks of the season based on their abilities. I also have which teams it looks like they would be matched up against.

There are 11 teams here. I don't know why I picked 11, but I did, so just deal with it.

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