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NBA Playoffs 2017: Top 3 Dark Horses in the Eastern Conference

NBA Playoffs 2017: Top 3 Dark Horses in the Eastern Conference

It’s finally time to see what these guys are made off, as the Playoffs are finally here and you know pretty much anything can happen when the best athletes in the world face each other to try and reach the the highest stage of the Association.

It seems like there’s finally going to be some fierce competition in the East, as teams from 1 to 8 all finally have winning records and have proven to be quite fierce competitors, at least amongst them.

Besides, the Cleveland Cavaliers have entered a huge slump since the All-Star Break, and it seems like it’s finally time to end LeBron’s reign in the Eastern Conference, with the Boston Celtics leading the way and the Toronto Raptors chasing them very closely.

On top of that, several teams in the East are red hot right now, getting into the playoffs with a very nice streak as well as some series and seedings being decided on the very last second of the last day of the regular season, bringing more emotions to the table.

Of course, besides the Cavs, it seems like no team in the East has an actual chance to beat the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs or even the Houston Rockets or Utah Jazz in a 7-game series, but let’s take a look at the top 3 teams that could create a major upset in the East during the playoffs.

3. Chicago Bulls (20%)

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Nobody knows how the hell this team got into the postseason, but they actually did it and Fred Hoiberg deserves a lot of credit for it (we guess, right?) as they put together a roster that made absolutely no sense and even let one of the lone shooters they had to go in change of pretty much nothing.

This team doesn’t even have a steady starting 5 or even a starting point guard, as Rajon Rondo fell in and out of the rotation while Carter-Williams was never healthy and neither Canaan, Payne or Grant seem quite ready yet.

Nevertheless, Jimmy Butler has shown that he wants to get the team to the promised land and they’re keen to grind their way into it even despite letting Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah walk away during the season.

Dwyane Wade is ready, and his experience will help Chicago Bulls against the Celtics Nation.

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Of course, they won’t have an easy task when they travel to the TD Garden to play against Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics, arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now, but they actually have a tiny chance to create and upset and try to beat the Cavs, a team they swept during the regular season.

2. Milwaukee Bucks (40%)

Nov 4, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) and forward Khris Middleton during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 91-87.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo just keeps getting better and better as the days go by, and despite the tough loss of Jabari Parker, Jason Kidd managed to turn the season around and bring the Bucks back to the playoffs.

This team is quite athletic and they’re very strong on their home court, with a pretty decent roster and harsh defense, with the Greek Freak leading the way in both ends of the floor despite not having a mid-range or long-range shot whatsoever.

Matthew Dellavedova has shown that he rises up to the occasion when it’s clutch time with his pesky defense, while Tony Snell and Michael Beasley have been great additions, and the surge of one of the Rookie of the Year candidates Malcolm Brogdon has made his presence felt on the court as well.

On top of that, let’s not forget that the Raptors are just getting Kyle Lowry back and that they have a tendency to get scared this time of year, and they’re their own worst enemy come crunch time.

1. Washington Wizards (70%)

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Bradley Beal and John Wall are playing the best basketball of their young careers and the dynamic backcourt has gotten a lot of help from the veteran center Marcin Gortat and the surging Otto Porter Jr.

On top of that, the additions of Brandon Jennings and Bojan Bogdanovic have really boosted the team’s second unit, and they’re one of the hottest teams in the association after getting off to a very poor start of this season.

Wall’s the best point guard in the East right now, while Beal’s shooting and the experience that Scott Brooks has brought to the capital make the Wizards a very scary team, and they’ve proved that they can beat pretty much everybody at home.

So, if the Wizards manage to get hot during the first couple of games, it would take a LOT to stop them, and they could easily reach the Conference Finals and create a huge upset, making a run at the second title in franchise history.