This NBA season has been one for the ages, that’s for sure. Unpredictable outcomes, surging teams, and squads struggling to stay healthy have made this a unique campaign, and the best is yet to come.
As you may know by now, the NBA is where amazing happens, so making predictions about who’ll beat who isn’t always accurate. That’s why NBA Player Props and Fantasy games are often easier alternatives for those looking to make an extra buck out of the game they love so much.
And there’s no better moment to predict when a player will step up and have the performance of a lifetime than in the postseason. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 playoff matchups we’d love to see this year.
5. Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are up and coming and here to stay. Ja Morant has entered the MVP conversation and has them far ahead of schedule. Moreover, the Grizzlies have owned the Golden State Warriors over the past couple of years.
Stephen Curry’s team will hope to be at full strength for the postseason and will look to get back at the very same team that beat them in the play-in tournament last year. The Grizzlies play like a team that has nothing to lose and that’s what makes them so dangerous.
4. Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets
Remember ‘Suns in Four’? Well, I’m pretty sure Nikola Jokic hasn’t forgotten about it, either. The reigning NBA MVP was swept for the first time in years and he left a lot to be desired with that late-game ejection with the season on the line.
The Denver Nuggets expect both Michael Porter Jr and Jamal Murray back in time for the playoffs. The Phoenix Suns are eager to prove that last year’s success was no fluke and they want another shot at a championship.
3. Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Once again, vendetta is at the center of this storyline. The Milwaukee Bucks got the best of the Miami Heat in one of the most lopsided and surprising playoff series in recent time. Now, Erik Spoelstra’s team is sitting at the first seed and craving revenge.
The reigning champions are slowly turning into that dominant defensive team again and they know how to match up well against the Heat. We could be in line for an old-school, physical, defensive-oriented series between these two.
2. Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Brooklyn Nets wouldn’t even be in the playoffs if the season ended today but they’re just too talented for people to sleep on them. Also, watching Ben Simmons play at Wells Fargo Center with the crowd wreaking havoc in the bleachers? Yes, please.
Simmons and Joel Embiid fought side by side for years and we crave for the opportunity to watch them go at each other. Simmons would look to silence Sixers fans once and for all, and that James Harden vs. Kevin Durant matchup could also be one for the ages.
1. Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets
Not so long ago, people talked about how the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty was over. Now, they have the gang back together and are eager to make another deep run in the postseason. Even if they’re going through a rough patch right now, most still favor them to make the NBA Finals.
The Brooklyn Nets have been a disappointment for most of the season but they’ve also shown glimpses of the powerhouse they can be when they’re all healthy. These star-studded teams could put on a show, and watching Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving go toe-to-toe in the NBA Finals again would be a treat for the fans.