8 NBA Playoff Matchups
We Want to See
By Nicole Ganglani
Hoop fans, It’s that time of the year again where NBA action is more thrilling and intense. With the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, people have their bet on the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers to make it to NBA Finals for the third straight time, but that doesn’t mean we count out the teams we want to see go at it. Here are eight potential matchups basketball fans would love to see in this year’s NBA Playoffs:
1. Warriors Vs Thunder
When these two teams are said in the same sentence, first that comes to mind is the newly-turned rivalry between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. With the left knee injury that’s about to keep Durant out for a month, a series between Durant’s ex bae and his newly found best friends, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and crew could be an interesting one. Note that the Warriors dominated the Thunder in all three of their games this season so far, so that might just unleash Westbrook’s inner monster even more.
2. Cavaliers Vs Bucks
In the Bucks’ 118-101 victory over the Cavs last November, basketball fans got a preview of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s potential after he tallied in 34 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and steals each, and a pair of blocks. Antetokounmpo looked like Lebron James out there, and seeing these two go at it in what could be a potential first round series might just be a good one. James may not be ready to pass the torch yet, but as sports analysts say, this could be NBA’s very own Federer vs. Djokovic.
3. Grizzlies Vs Clippers
As of this moment, the Clippers and Grizzlies are fighting for the fifth spot in the west with the former leading by one game. How exhilarating would it be to catch these two go at it again in the postseason for the third time? In three of their games this season so far, all games have been closed with LA defeating Memphis twice. A seven game series between these two teams will keep hoop junkies glued to their sofas for sure.
4. Warriors Vs Nuggets
Last Valentine’s Day (Philippine time), the Nuggets secured a 22-point victory against Steph Curry and the Warriors, proving that underdogs such as Denver can still blow out super teams like Golden State. While the Warriors have already clinched a playoff position, the eight seed is still up for grabs as Denver leads the race against Portland and Sacramento. Catching the Nuggets, or any of the teams in the race for the eight seed, take on the Warriors will be the ultimate underdog vs superteam matchup. Who doesn’t like cheering for the underdog these days? Maybe, if you’re a Warriors fan.