Updated: April 27, 2010, 1:27 AM ET

Bucks Pull Even With Hawks

Upside-Down West

By John Hollinger
ESPN.com


SALT LAKE CITY -- While some balls still need to bounce into place, there's no doubt that Jazz fans woke up this morning pondering the tantalizing prospect of facing the eighth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round, rather than their longtime foils from Los Angeles. Jazz fans of a historical bent undoubtedly will note that their most recent run to the conference finals came in similar circumstances, when they knocked off Houston without home-court advantage in the first round before beating an eighth-seeded Golden State squad in the following series.

That Utah team was humbled by San Antonio in the conference finals, and the bracket makes it possible that we could see a rematch. But this time, the Jazz would have home-court advantage in that round too. In fact, with second-seeded Dallas on the ropes and third-seeded Phoenix struggling to squeeze past Portland, it's possible all four Western Conference underdogs could advance.

How possible? More than you might think.

John Hollinger breaks down the chances the West's top four seeds all get upset Insider

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