The NBA playoff schedule 2010 started conventionally in week 1. But as the NBA playoff schedule for 2010 nears the end of round one, only one conference may have conventional results. The Eastern Conference may very well go straight chalk, with the Cavaliers, Magic and Celtics one win away from advancing, and the Hawks still favored to join them. Yet in the Western Conference, there’s still a chance that all four lower seeds could advance to the next round. As such, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 may have some unlikely future match ups in the wild West.
Although the vast majority of top seeds won early on, the only upsets came in the West. The Trail Blazers and Spurs got surprising ties on the road, while the Jazz got a split in Denver in spite of injuries. Not only are all these underdogs still alive, some are close to advancing – while a bigger underdog has joined them.
The NBA playoff schedule 2010 could have seventh-seeded San Antonio and fifth-seeded Utah advance soon, after they swept favorites at home. The Spurs are now close to sending second seeded Dallas out, while the Jazz have put Denver on the brink. They were supposed to be too banged up, yet they may have at least one more round to heal.
Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers have forged an unlikely tie with the Suns after four games. They pulled the first upset on the NBA playoff schedule 2010 with their Game 1 win, yet two straight blowout losses seemed to finish them off. But with Brandon Roy suiting up again, Portland evened things up on Saturday and can take the series lead back tonight.
However, the biggest story out West is in Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. The NBA playoff schedule 2010 looked to be brief for the Thunder since they were playing the Lakers. However, two straight wins at home have given the Thunder new life, and left the Lakers with a lot of pressure heading into tomorrow’s Game 5.
It’s unlikely that the Thunder, Spurs, Trail Blazers and Jazz will all advance, as some top seeds have to move on. At the least, the Lakers and Suns are getting earlier tests than expected, although the Mavericks and Nuggets are closer to massive letdowns. Since all the West playoff teams won 50 games, there was bound to be tight competition, but not to this extent this early.
However, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 could turn around for Western favorites once they get home. The underdogs got a boost from home court, just like the favorites did early on. Combined, the home teams are 12-4 out West – which now works in the Mavs, Nuggets, Lakers and Suns’ favor at the moment.
Tonight, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 just has Portland and Phoenix’s rubber game out West, while the East has Orlando trying to sweep Charlotte, and Atlanta looking to keep Milwaukee in a hole.
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