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3 NBA sides best placed to make a first-round playoff comeback

| 21.04.2015

The NBA postseason is fully underway with its first-round games and there isn’t a single series tied across any of the eight being contested.

While the leads that some sides hold look insurmountable – the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls are all long odds-on chances to win their series – others have the distinct possibility of being overturned.

Here are the three clubs most likely to make a triumphant comeback from their current position of woe:

1) Toronto Raptors @ 6/5

The Canadians trail the Washington Wizards 1-0. They were undone by their own poor-shooting in the first outing, along with a vintage performance from Wizards veteran Paul Pierce, but still managed to take the game to overtime despite those factors.

The Raptors won all three regular-season meetings with Washington heading into the playoffs and won’t have as tough a time putting the ball in the hoop again.

2) Dallas Mavericks @ 31/10

James Harden played a less dominant role than normal for the Houston Rockets as they took a 118-108 win over their Texas rivals in game one, but the MVP candidate receiving such scoring help from his teammates has been a rarity this season.

The game was far closer than the final score indicates, with the lead flip-flopping seven times and Dallas wiping out a 15-point deficit with 23-7 run in the second quarter. These two evenly matched sides are set to go the distance.

3) San Antonio Spurs @ 1/1

The Spurs’ first-round battle with the LA Clippers is the best matchup of the playoffs for a reason, as these two heavy-hitters served up a high-octane series opener that the Clips won 107-92.

Pedigree plays a large part in the belief that the Spurs will comeback. They are, after all, the defending NBA champions, playing against a franchise that has never gone beyond the second round in its history.

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Matt Wiggins

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