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2016 NBA Playoffs Players to Watch

Posted by Jay Sanin on 4/17/2016 5:15:10 AM

With eight NBA Playoffs series tipping off over the weekend, players on each team will need to step up to deliver their respective teams into the next round. These three players are true game changers and can change live betting odds in their team's favor in an instant. And while everyone knows that players like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant will have excellent postseasons, there are plenty of other players to watch that haven't attracted the same level of attention. These are three players to watch in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

1. Isaiah Thomas

Ever since coming from Washington, Thomas has proven that he is capable of taking and making big shots for whatever team he is on. Thomas is a dynamic guard, capable of going head to head with Hawks point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder. While the odds calculator has the Celtics a profitable underdog against the Hawks in the first round, Thomas could be the reason why with a breakout performance here.

2. Damian Lillard

Overshadowed by Chris Paul and the rest of the very talented Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard could be the reason for a first round upset in this series. Lillard has proven that he can swing the odds of any series on his own, as he did in Portland's famous first round win over the Houston Rockets just a few seasons ago. If he does the same thing this time around, Portland would have a date with destiny against the Golden State Warriors.

3. Kemba Walker

Word around the Hornets is that Kemba Walker needs to find the next level of his game for the team to advance past the Miami Heat in round one. The good news is that Walker routinely does elevate his game in big games, as evidenced by his championship pedigree in college as a member of the Connecticut Huskies. He should be able to get the better of Miami's Goran Dragic in their point guard matchup in the first round, but will need to really get the better of Dragic for the Hornets to pull a first round upset.


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