The NBA regular season is coming to an end, so it’s time to start thinking about which teams will be in the playoffs. Here’s a look at the current standings and what to expect in the coming weeks.
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The NBA playoffs are upon us!
The NBA playoffs are upon us! Forty-seven teams started the season with dreams of holding the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, but only sixteen teams qualified for the postseason. The first round of the playoffs tips off on Saturday, April 15th. Below is a rundown of the matchups, seeding, and schedule.
(West #1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (West #8) Portland Trail Blazers
(West #2) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (West #7) Dallas Mavericks
(West #3) Denver Nuggets vs. (West #6) Utah Jazz
(West #4) Houston Rockets vs. (West #5) Oklahoma City Thunder
(East #1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (East #8) Orlando Magic
(East #2) Toronto Raptors vs. (East #7) Brooklyn Nets
(East #3) Boston Celtics vs. (East 7#6) Philadelphia 76ers
(East 4#4) Miami Heat vs. (East 5#5 Indiana Pacers
As the regular NBA season comes to a close, fans are turning their attention to the playoffs. From April 13th to June 16th, 16 teams will compete for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
But who will be playing? While some seeds have already been clinched, several spots are still up for grabs.
In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks have clinched the number one overall seed. They will be joined by the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics – who have all clinched playoff births. The Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, and Brooklyn Nets are currently fighting for the final three seeds.
Out west, the Golden State Warriors have clinched the top seed – with the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, and San Antonio Spurs all clinching playoff berths. The only spot yet to be determined is the eighth and final seed which will go to either the Los Angeles Clippers or Sacramento Kings.
Whoever claims that final spot will have their work cut out for them as they will most likely have to go through both the Warriors and Rockets – two of this year’s title favorites – just to make it out of the first round.
No matter who ends up playing in April, it is sure to be an exciting postseason!
The playoff race is on in the NBA, and as the regular season winds down, many teams are jockeying for position. Who’s in? Who’s out? Here’s a look at the standings as of March 1st, 2020.
1. Milwaukee Bucks (55-14)
2. Toronto Raptors (46-21)
3. Boston Celtics (43-23)
4. Miami Heat (41-24)
5. Indiana Pacers (39-26)
6. Philadelphia 76ers (39-26)
7. Brooklyn Nets (30-34)
8. Orlando Magic (30-35)
1. Los Angeles Lakers (49-19)
2. LA Clippers (46-21)
3. Denver Nuggets (43-22)
4. Houston Rockets (42-24)
5. Utah Jazz (41-25)
6. Oklahoma City Thunder (40-25) 7 Dallas Mavericks(40–27) 8 Memphis Grizzlies(32–33)
What are the matchups?
The first round of the NBA playoffs began on April 13 and ended on April 21. The second round began on April 23 and will end on May 1. The conference finals will be held from May 3 to May 16, with the NBA Finals held from May 18 to June 4.
Who’s the favorite?
As the regular NBA season comes to a close, 16 teams will begin the journey to the NBA Finals.
In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks (who have the best record in the NBA) will take on the Detroit Pistons, the Boston Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers, the Toronto Raptors will play the Orlando Magic, and the Philadelphia 76ers will take on the Brooklyn Nets.
In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors (who have won 3 of the last 4 NBA titles) will take on the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets will face off against the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers will play against Oklahoma City Thunder, and Denver Nuggets versus San Antonio Spurs.
There are many great matchups to look forward to – which teams do you think have a chance at making it to The Finals?
Who’s the underdog?
In the NBA, the playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the conclusion of the regular season to determine the league’s champion. The tournament bracket is made up of eight teams from each of the league’s two conferences, with four teams coming from the East and four teams coming from the West. The first and second rounds of the playoffs are played within each conference, with the winners of each conference then meeting in the NBA Finals.
So which teams are in the playoffs this year? And who’s the underdog? Here’s a look at both conferences:
1. Milwaukee Bucks (60-22)
2. Toronto Raptors (58-24)
3. Philadelphia 76ers (51-31)
4. Boston Celtics (49-33)
5. Indiana Pacers (48-34)
6. Brooklyn Nets (42-40)
7. Orlando Magic (42-40)
8. Detroit Pistons (41-41)
1. Golden State Warriors (57-25)
2. Denver Nuggets (54-28)
3. Houston Rockets (53-29)
4. Portland Trail Blazers (53-29)
5. Oklahoma City Thunder (49 – 33) 6 San Antonio Spurs(48 – 34 ) 7 Los Angeles Clippers(48 – 34 ) 8 Utah Jazz(50 – 32 )
What are the experts saying?
As the 2017-18 NBA regular season winds down, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. But with so many teams still in the hunt for a postseason berth, there are bound to be some close calls and difficult decisions for the league’s playoff seeding committee come April.
That’s why we asked a panel of ESPN NBA Insiders to predict which teams they think will ultimately earn a spot in the 2018 playoffs. Here are their predictions, along with each insider’s reasoning behind his or her selections.
What are the players saying?
The 2017 NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, April 15th. 16 teams will battle it out over the next few weeks for a chance to win the NBA Championship.
So which teams are in the playoffs? Here’s a quick rundown:
-Boston Celtics (No. 1 seed)
-Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 2 seed)
-Toronto Raptors (No. 3 seed)
-Miami Heat (No. 4 seed)
-Milwaukee Bucks (No. 5 seed)
-Indiana Pacers (No. 6 seed)
-Atlanta Hawks (No. 7 seed)Chicago Bulls (No. 8 seed)
-Golden State Warriors (No. 1 seed)
-San Antonio Spurs (No. 2 seed)
-Houston Rockets (No. 3 see). Oklahoma City Thunder (No
What are the fans saying?
The Houston Rockets are on fire, and their fans think they’re destined for the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors have five All-Stars, and their fans think that’s enough to win them another championship. But what do the experts say?
Here’s a look at what some of the top NBA analysts are saying about each of the teams in the playoffs:
Houston Rockets – “They have a real shot to make the Finals.”
-Zach Lowe, ESPN
-Bobby Marks, ESPN
-Tim Bontemps, ESPN
Golden State Warriors – “It would be foolish to count them out.”
– Marc J. Spears, ESPN
– Nick Friedell, ESPN
What’s at stake?
The 2019-2020 NBA regular season is wrapping up and the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. While there are still a few scenarios that could play out, we wanted to take a look at what’s at stake for each team that’s currently in playoff position.
For the Eastern Conference, the top seed is still up for grabs as the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors battle it out. The Bucks currently hold the tiebreaker (a better record against teams with a .500 or better record), so they would need to lose one of their final two games and have the Raptors win out in order to fall to the second seed.
The Western Conference is a bit more settled, but there are still some seeds that could change hands. The Los Angeles Lakers have clinched the top seed, but they could still fall to second if they lose both of their remaining games and the Denver Nuggets win out. The Nuggets currently hold the tiebreaker over the Los Angeles Clippers (a better conference record), so they would need to lose one of their final two games and have the Clippers win out in order to fall to third.
The Portland Trail Blazers are currently in fourth, but they could still end up as high as second or as low as sixth. If they win out, they would earn the second seed. However, if they lose both of their remaining games and both the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder win out, they would fall all the way down to sixth.