After the first set of games in Round 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs, it seems like the top seeds are well set to cruise past opening round of the postseason games en route to an entertaining run in the NBA playoffs. The #1 Golden State Warriors, even with Stephen Curry out for nearly half of the game against Houston, eased past the #8 Rockets in a win of 20-plus points. The #3 Oklahoma City Thunder followed suit in a more impressive fashion, rolling past the #6 Dallas Mavericks in a 38-point rout. Then, in a not-surprising manner, the #2 San Antonio Spurs continued to flaunt their season-long home dominance with a thumping win of 20-plus points over the shorthanded #7 Memphis Grizzlies. And to cap it all off, a clinical performance by the #4 Los Angeles Clippers—led by Chris Paul and the returning-to-form do-all-forward Blake Griffin—gave the Clips a thrilling blowout win over the pesky #5 Portland Trail Blazers.What can we expect from these eight teams that are still in the running for the top honors in the West? Will the favorites continue to impress in the playoff NBA odds or will we witness some changes and upsets in the course of the first round? Here are our bold predictions…
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