Keeping telling yourself its different but there are favorites to win in every sport. And the best teams SHOULD be the ones competing for the title.
they honestly should give the top 2 seeds first round byes. there is absolutely no point for those guys to actually play the first round when you know the other team has no chance. every other sport (baseball, hockey, football) teams have to earn their first round win. in the nba it's just too easy. reduce the amount of playoff teams or something.