The NBA post season is upon us and while there should be several entertaining first round series, the best of the bunch will be the last of the eight series to tip-off on Sunday night.
The fifth seed in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets, will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the fourth seeded Thunder in a battle of the top two teams from the Northwest division.
You’d the think these teams would be familiar with one and other because they play in the same division. However, of the four games between the Nuggets and Thunder in the regular season, only two of those games came in the post Carmelo Anthony era. So throw any thoughts of a strategic, chess match type of series out the window because no one really knows this new Denver team very well.
One thing we do know about the Nuggets is that they still love to push the pace and out score their opponents. The big difference since their massive trade involving three teams and ten players is their depth. They’re not just relying on 'Melo and Chauncey Billups anymore. They have more weapons to beat you with at the offensive end.
As for the Thunder, well they are just plain dangerous. With the players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, it’s going to be hard for Denver to stop the Thunder from scoring. This brings me to my first of seven reasons why this will be easily the most exciting series to watch in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.