Hawks vs Wizards and Trail Blazers vs Warriors NBA First Round Playoffs
Atlanta had a decent enough season (43-39) to get the fifth seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs but I can't say I really know who this team is. They'll play the Washington Wizards in the first round who are a much better team. And more than anything they know who they are. I'd be surprised if Atlanta wins this series but who knows. The Hawks will need the entire team to play at a high level every game. That is not something that has happened consistently this year. They still don't have that go to player to score when they need it. I'd love to say I know how this game will go but I just can't get a good read on this series. I am definitely leaning towards Washington though and think they'll probably take the series in six games. I hope I'm wrong but Atlanta will have to play much better for something like that to happen.
Portland really came on late in the season and grabbed the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The addition of Jusuf Nurkic at the trading deadline was a big part of the reason Portland raced into the playoffs. It is currently unknown if he'll actually be able to play after breaking a leg near the end of the season. This is a big blow. The team still have stud Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum but this team need a miracle to win multiple games and playing short handed isn't going to help that happen. I think Portland can win a game but Golden State is so, so talented that a sweep is a definite possibility. I just have to believe their great play at the end of season can continue and they are able to steal a win or two. I just can't make myself believe they can win this series.