Sixteen teams start the NBA Playoffs at 0-0, with possibilities just around the corner. Only eight advance to the next round, as the other eight will have to wait until next year to try again.
The first round of the playoffs is always going to be a mixed bag. In most cases, there will be two or three teams who are all but guaranteed to be in the next round simply because they are so good (or, rather, too good).
But there are always a few favorites who have time, karma or any other assortment of supernatural powers working against them. And, since one action has an equal and opposite reaction, some underdogs have the stars aligned in their favor and strike the favorites while they're down.
I want to look at six teams that deserve to advance from Round 1 to Round 2.
Note: I'm leaving off the "untouchables," those that would need a health epidemic to hit them and reduce their squad to legless invalids who need an iron lung to survive in order to lose to their first-round opponent.
This list is teams that WILL or SHOULD get through because they are: (a) more talented, (b) are due because the law of averages HAS to exist, or (c) are good guys worth rooting for. If you are going to Vegas based on this article you are going to lose lots of money. It's just an opinion.