The 2018 NBA playoffs feel simultaneously wide open and fairly predictable. Due to a variety of maladies striking key teams and Western parity, there’s a good bit of mystery in the first round. There’s no obvious upset candidate, but a few series where things could get interesting. The way that the brackets worked out gives a couple teams we wouldn’t have predicted — like the Sixers — reasonable paths deep into the proceedings.
At the same time, just about everyone will pick one of two teams to win the title: the Warriors or Rockets. It would, frankly, be an incredible shock if neither team won. So we have this duality: we all think we know who is going to hoist the O’Brien, but we don’t really know how we’re going to get there. That’s the beauty of the NBA playoffs: we can bathe in early chaos while feeling assured that the series we really want to see — Rockets vs. Warriors in the West finals — is very likely to happen.
In order to provide some sort of predictions on how this postseason will shake out, I ranked the 16 playoff teams in terms of the likelihood they will win the championship. Just know that everyone from No. 5 to 16 might as well not be
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/4/14/17233348/nba-playoff-predictions-2018-rankings-rockets-raptors-finals
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