Ranking Potential for Upsets in 1st-Round NBA Playoff Matchups

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    This is going to be the most hotly contested series, and the Utah Jazz are an upset here. In fact, based on the way the two teams have played over the last half of the season, you could argue the Jazz are the favorites.

    In January, shortly after Rudy Gobert returned from injury, the Jazz had an 11-game winning streak, and they’ve been rolling ever since. Since Jan. 24, they’re 29-6 with a league-best 12.0 net rating.

    By contrast, the Thunder stumbled into the playoffs, losing five of seven before winning their last three to get back in. While they are the fourth seed, they only finished two games ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who are watching the postseason at home.

    On Dec. 18 against OKC, Nuggets guard Gary Harris missed a buzzer-beater that would have won the game. If he made that shot, Denver would be in playoffs, and OKC would be out. That’s how close all of this was. 

    The Thunder won three of their four matchups with the Jazz, but those were before Andre Roberson went down for the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon. And Gobert didn’t play in two of those losses for Utah (he tried to come back from his injury

    Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2770375-ranking-potential-for-upsets-in-1st-round-nba-playoff-matchups

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