NBA Playoffs: Bold Predictions and Potential Upsets

The 2022 NBA Playoffs are upon us and the race to the Finals is on. Which teams and players are under the most pressure? Which first-round series has the most potential for excitement? Our writers step in.

Which team is under the most pressure in the playoffs?

Howard Beck: May I say the Lakers? No? Okay good. Then it’s jazz. This is year five of the Donovan Mitchell-Rudy Gobert era and they have yet to make their mark as a serious contender. We live in impatient times. Five years is an eternity for an NBA franchise. Utah has a new owner (Ryan Smith) and a new head of basketball (Danny Ainge, who has a bold dealmaking rep). Add in the rumors of Quin Snyder’s possible departure and you have the recipe for a fireworks show when jazz falters again.

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