As the 2021-2022 NBA Playoffs are here, we now have a clue on who are the favorites to win the eastern conference and western conference, but who’s to say that’s it guaranteed they will?
With that being said, the second round of the playoffs and there are at least two other teams in the tournament that are making a lot of noise in it. Take a look below to see who are legit dark horse favorites to come out the eastern conference and western conference.
Who’s the dark horse to win the Eastern Conference?
Boston Celtics – 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference
Now when reading this, you might be asking yourself why? Well let’s face facts, the Celtics are a rue to be awakened and you cannot deny that. Especially, after their dominant performance versus the favorites to win the Eastern conference Brooklyn Nets by sweeping down in the first round series 4–0.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (Postseason)
4/17/22 115 (Celtics) – 114 (Nets) @ Boston
4/20/22 114 (Celtics) – 107 (Nets) @ Boston
4/23/22 109 (Celtics) – 103 (Nets) @ Brooklyn
4/25/22 116 (Celtics) – 112 (Nets) @ Brooklyn
With that is being said, they are the ones who have the Miami Heat’s number who’s the number one seed in the Eastern conference number in the regular season. Look below to see the results of their regular season matchups versus one another.
The Heat and the Celtics have played each other three times this regular and Boston won the series 2-1.
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (Regular Season)
11/4/21 95 (Celtics) – 78 (Heat) @ Miami
1/31/22 112 (Celtics) – 92 (Heat) @ Boston
3/30/22 106 (Heat) – 98 (Celtics) @ Boston
You can argue the same thing in defense of the Celtics when it comes to their chances to dethrone the defending champions Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics and the Bucks have went back and forth in each other’s home court this year with the series tied between both team 2-2.
Look below the results of their matchups in the regular season.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Regular Season)
11/12/21 122 (Celtics) – 113 (Bucks) @ Boston
12/13/21 117 (Celtics) – 103 (Bucks) @ Boston
12/25/21 117 (Bucks) – 113(Celtics) @ Milwaukee
4/7/22 127 (Bucks) – 121 (Celtics) @ Milwaukee
The Celtics and Bucks are set to face conference semifinals to determine a winner to advance to the eastern conference finals this Sunday May 1 for Game 1 in TD Garden (Boston, MA). May the best team wins!