3 Lower Seeded Teams No Contender Wants To See In Round 1

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There is less than a month left in the 2021-22 NBA regular season and that means the playoffs are right around the corner! 

Between teams fighting for the top seeds in each conference, as well as the race to get into the play-in tournament, there is going to be a ton of great basketball being played down the stretch-run of the season. 

Things in the Eastern Conference could not be tighter than they are, as you could make a case that every team 1-6 in the standings right now has a real chance to contend for a title. 

The Heat, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls and Celtics all have title aspirations this season, but their paths will not be easy, as there are plenty of tough teams lower down in the standings. 

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Out in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns continue to stay hot and are looking like they will clinch the 1-seed in the NBA sooner than later, but the Grizzlies and Warriors have proven to be two very worthy opponents to the Suns’ chances of making it back to the NBA Finals. 

Many of the top teams in each conference may overlook the play-in tournament right now, but there are some very strong teams in the play-in tournament range of both the Eastern and Western Conference. 

With the talent gap across the NBA being very slim this season, any team can win on any given night and we have seen that plenty of times during the regular season. 

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The NBA Playoffs are a different animal than the regular season, but all it takes is for one or two guys to get hot for a couple of nights and we could witness a massive upset that shifts the balance in the league! 

They may wind up being lower seeds having to earn their spot in the playoffs via the play-in tournament, but none of the NBA’s top contenders are going to want to run into one of these three teams in the first-round of the playoffs this season. 

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