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5 Toughest Roads To The Playoffs After NBA Schedule Release

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Just as some teams have an easy path to the playoffs following the release of the NBA schedule last Wednesday, others are not as lucky. Yes, there will be a couple Western Conference teams here, but I will also examine a few Eastern Conference teams that you might not have considered. Here are five teams with quite a tough road to the playoffs next season.

5. Golden State Warriors

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5. Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors were probably the most fun team to watch in the league last year, but that does not make them a contender. They messed up the potential to land Kevin Love by not parting with Klay Thompson, and if they do not make the playoffs, it would be a major disappointment to their fanbase.

4. Philadelphia 76ers

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4. Philadelphia 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers better enjoy the holidays with their families as much as they can, because they won't be doing a whole lot of winning on the court. They have a seven-game road trip spanning both Christmas and New Year's Eve.

3. Utah Jazz

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3. Utah Jazz

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The Utah Jazz are trapped. Signing Gordon Hayward to a max extension was a huge mistake, but losing him would not have been good either. It is just a shame that they missed out on Jabari Parker.

2. Toronto Raptors

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2. Toronto Raptors

Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors - Game Seven
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The Toronto Raptors started from the bottom. Now, they are here -- kind of. They have four national TV games this season airing in the U.S. after zero selections since 2008. This could be a blessing or a curse depending upon the outcome, but on Nov. 13, the Raptors host the Chicago Bulls. That will be a loss, which could set them on a bad path.

1. Brooklyn Nets

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1. Brooklyn Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets have an eight-game road trip spanning the All-Star break that will doom them in the second half of the season. Losing Paul Pierce will not help matters either, but ultimately, it will be on Deron Williams to deliver after a truly lackluster campaign last year.