So the NBA regular season is coming to an end in about a week (give or take a few days). Where did the time go? Anyways, since the regular season is all but over, lets take a look ahead at some of the most exciting first round match ups that we are most likely to see
1. Warriors vs. Jazz/Rockets
I am looking forward to seeing the Warriors in action again during the post season. They are closing out a historical regular season and I am interested to see if they can be as dominant in the post season. In the playoffs last year they did not face much of a challenge and routed all of the teams they played on the path to winning an NBA championship. With playoff experience and a historic regular season, this team will have yuge expectations and if they can meet them, you will be looking at another Warriors championship and its not even close. Whether its the Jazz or Rockets, neither team stands a chance against the top seeded Golden State Warriors. Keep in mind, a much better Rockets team last season got killed by Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.
2. Spurs vs. Mavericks
This is just one of those great rivalries that all NBA fans love. Ever since Dirk and Tim Duncan have been in the league these teams have faced each other in the playoffs many times. The Spurs have had the upper hand in a lot of cases, but the Mavs have more than held their own. Bear in mind that this Spurs team is one of the best we have seen in a long time and their key offseason addition of LaMarcus Aldridge more than paid off. The Mavs on the other hand, although still a good team, have been trending the other way with an aging Dirk and missing out on DeAndre Jordan last offseason. This series will nonetheless be competitive and it will be great to see this matchup from the great state of Texas once again.
3. Celtics vs Heat
Back in the early 2010's, this was a yuge rivalry. The Heat had their big three and we had our big three, unfortunately, theres got the better of ours in the 2011 second round and the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. Although, the Celtics did beat the Heat in the 2010 playoffs before LeBron took his talents to South Beach. Needless to say both teams have transformed completely in a relatively short amount of time. The Heat have retooled and the Celtics have been completely rebuilt. As a Celtics fan, I would love to see this rivalry happen again with the Celtics on the winning side of things this time.
4. Cavaliers vs Pacers
LeBron has had a lot of experience facing the Pacers in his days with the Heat. They even gave him a run for his money in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Pacers no longer have Roy Hibbert, but still have Paul George and thats what counts. Look for the Pacers, even though they are a shell of what they used to be, to give LeBron and his Cavs some trouble in the first round.
By Spencer Roush