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NBA Playoffs: Why All Higher Seeds Will Advance to the Conference Semifinals
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The NBA playoff matchups are set, and I don't see any of the lower-seeded teams escaping the first round this year.

There usually seems to be that one surprise winner in the first round every year, but when looking at the matchups of this year's first round, it's really hard to see any of the top teams losing. Some of the series will be more competitive than others, but competitive won't be good enough.

Each higher-seeded team seems to have one characteristic or component that will allow them to advance to the conference semifinals.

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