6 Must-See NBA Playoff Series, First Round Edition

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Finally. After grinding through the brutal regular season, during which even the truest fan is tested in the dog days of late March and early April, the NBA Playoffs start April 19. Finally. In the words of Chris Webber, “It’s time for playoff basketball.” This is what fans spend all 82 games waiting and hoping for — when the intensity gets turned up, the Marv Albert gets louder, and the Jeff Van Gundy gets feistier. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 NBA Playoffs.

But which match-ups are going to be the best ones to watch? There are eight series all happening almost simultaneously, and sometimes real life gets in the way of being able to watch basketball — especially if you’ve used all your vacation time up on March Madness. It happens to everyone.

Usually, the scheduling helps with this — the really bad or unexciting on paper match-ups get exiled to NBA TV. No one really wanted to watch Heat-Bucks last year (especially not the Bucks). Sometimes, though, NBA TV gets a gem in the making, like the Pacers/Hawks matchup from last year, which was awesome if you dig defense. As a general rule of thumb, unless you’re a fan of one of the two teams, NBA TV games are skippable. That is, unless the network is broadcasting one of following six match-ups.

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