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Inside Look At The Playoff Matchups If They Started Today

The 2015-2016 has been very a very exciting season to say the least. There have been a ton of storylines that captured national audiences this season. Some of your usual heavy-hitters have played extremely well and find themselves at the top of the NBA playoff picture while some teams have been a surprise and look to play spoiler if they are able to maintain their current position and make it into the playoffs. Here are the most likely NBA Playoff matchups:

NBA Eastern Conference

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #8 Detroit Pistons

The Central Division foes look to renew their rivalry if the Detroit Pistons can maintain their current play and hold on to their eighth and final seed in the East. The Cavaliers have had all kinds of controversy (mostly created by the media) however they are still playing extremely lately well lately. The Cavaliers are 3.5 games ahead of Toronto for the number one spot in the East. The Pistons currently lead the season series between the two teams two games to one. They have to play one more game in Cleveland on April 13th to determine if the Cavaliers tie the season series or if the Detroit Pistons win the season series three games to one. On November 17, 2015 the Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-99. On January 29, 2016 the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 114-106. The last time these two teams played on February 22, 2016 the Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-88. This series should be a very competitive first round matchup. The Cavaliers will go on to win this series in 5 or 6 games in my opinion.

#2 Toronto Raptors vs. #7 Indiana Pacers

This series has a possibility of being extremely entertaining and a potential upset in the making. Toronto has been playing very good basketball all season however it is yet to be seen if this young team can translate that to playoff wins. The Indiana Pacers have a solid team and a bonafide star in Paul George. The Raptors are currently leading the season series two games to one with one more game to play on April 8, 2016. On October 28, 2015 the Toronto Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-99. On December 14, 2015 the Indiana Pacers very soundly defeated the Toronto Raptors 106-90. On March 17, 2016 the Toronto Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers 101-94. I believe that if Paul George can play like he is capable of playing and his team steps up behind him, the Pacers can upset the Raptors in six or seven games and move on to the second round.

#3 Atlanta Hawks vs. #6 Charlotte Hornets

This series between the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets also has the potential to be very exciting. The Atlanta Hawks are now a mainstay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They are also coming off a Eastern Conference Finals appearance against the Cleveland Cavaliers last season which they got swept 4-0. The Charlotte Hornets are one of the surprise teams this year and are 12 games above .500 currently with a 44-32 record with 6 games to play. Atlanta won the season series this year between the two teams three games to one. On October 30, 2015 the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 97-94. On November 1, 2015 the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Hornets in another close one 94-92. On January 13, 2016 the Charlotte Hornets got their only victory this season over the Atlanta Hawks 107-84. In their last meeting of the season on February 28, 2016 the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 87-76. Look for the Atlanta Hawks to defeat the Charlotte Hornets in a competitive series in six of seven games.

#4 Boston Celtics vs. #5 Miami Heat

This series has the potential to be the most exciting of the four Eastern Conference first round playoff series. These two teams have really improved their play this year over their play last year. They only face off three times this season and have already played two games against each other. On November 30, 2015 the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 105-95. On February 27, 2016 the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 101-89. They have one more regular season game to play on April 13, 2016. Look for the Miami Heat to upset the Boston Celtics in seven games in a great back and forth first round matchup.

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