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5 Easiest Roads To Playoffs After NBA Schedule Release

5 Easiest Roads To Playoffs After NBA Schedule Release

Portland Trail Blazers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five
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The schedule was released last Wednesday for the NBA's 2014-15 season, and we should all start to get the popcorn ready for October. I am more excited for this season than a kid in a candy store, because it will be the most memorable year of the LeBron James era. Now that the schedule has been released, we will examine which franchises benefited the most. Here are the five teams with the easiest road to the playoffs.

5. Portland Trail Blazers

San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three
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5. Portland Trail Blazers

San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three
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The reason I chose the Portland Trail Blazers for this opening slide is due to a seven-game homestand in December that could be an opportunity for a long winning streak. It might seem like an odd choice to you, but I am counting on the Trail Blazers to play angry next season and waste most of the competition in the Western Conference, except for the following team.

4. San Antonio Spurs

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4. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers
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The San Antonio Spurs famously build confidence away from home every season during their annual rodeo road trip, but they will also be aided in their title defense by a season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a shot to win the Western Conference next season. If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are fully healthy, the sky is the limit for what this team can accomplish. It is too bad that they have an incompetent head coach at the helm.

2. Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls, Game 3
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2. Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls, Game 3
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A bouncy Derrick Rose would mean the world to Chicago and all of his ardent fans, and I could not help but to feel the anxiety and emotions of the city in the United Center on Saturday night. It would not surprise me to see the Chicago Bulls deny their point guard permission to play in the FIBA World Cup after what happened with Paul George, but there is still time to see how this all plays out.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets
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LeBron James will return to Miami on Christmas day, and that should be an absolutely fascinating game. There might even be some hurt egos on full display. The Cleveland Cavaliers will breeze into the playoffs, because the Eastern Conference has never looked weaker and the four-time MVP has never looked hungrier. To him, the East just looks like fresh meat.