NBA playoffs 2023: Which lower-seeded teams are best in first round?

How many surprises can we anticipate in the opening round of the NBA playoffs...

...this year now that the field has been set following the play-in tournament?

Last year, all eight higher-seeded teams advanced before Round 2 of the bracket became erratic.

That is a historical outlier, though. There have been an average of 1.5 upsets in the opening round each year,

excluding the 2020 playoffs, which were held on neutral courts in the NBA bubble.

However, the bottom four seeds in the West have accumulated such a large amount of playoff...

...experience that it is unlikely that chalk will once again rule in the first round this year.

The Golden State Warriors, the defending champions, are huge favorites at Caesars Sportsbook with a 71% chance to win the series,