NBA Predictions 2011-12: Dark Horse Teams Poised to Make a Splash

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NBA Predictions 2011-12: Dark Horse Teams Poised to Make a Splash

The NCAA tournament sets the stage for David and Goliath battles pitting stacked and storied programs against mid-major, prospective Cinderellas.

Now while the victor is usually predetermined, our assumptions can sometimes be met with the surprising and inspirational news of an upset. Fans and media members foam over and thrive on these kinds of instances. They keep spirits and interest in the sport high. 

The chances of these kinds of situations arising in the NBA are limited by the extensive season and seven-game series, but every now and then we find a team with a strong enough cast to stir up the NBA landscape (similar to that of the '99 New York Knicks who reached the NBA Finals).

The Memphis Grizzlies were the most recent team to make a surprising and deep run in the playoffs by defeating the San Antonio Spurs and giving the Oklahoma City Thunder a run for their money last postseason.

I don't see any team providing NBA viewers with that kind of excitement or bewilderment, but I do see several dark-horse teams poised to make a run at the playoffs.

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