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Home - NBA Playoff Race

  NBA Playoff Race

By Keith Bowman

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With the season winding down, the playoff pictures in the two conferences are at very different points. In the Western Conference the one through seven seeds are just fighting for seeding. While the eight seed is still up for grabs between multiple teams. In the Easter Conference five through ten seeds are all within four games of each other.

The Memphis Grizzlies sit at the seven seed, six games ahead of the eight seed Nuggets, making the Western Conference playoff picture a little less exciting then the Eastern. With only the eighth seed being open in the Western Conference it looks like it is going to come down to the red-hot Denver Nuggets and the guard driven Portland Trail Blazers. Denver currently holds the eight seed with a record of 34-37, a game up on the Blazers sitting at 33-38.

With the emergence of Nikola Jokic this season, the Nuggets have found an unexpected triple double machine, with the young Serbian big. Jokic’s passing ability has reinvented this high-powered Denver Nuggets offense. With Jokic’s dominance it made their back up center Jusuf Nurkic available and interestingly enough, the team they’re fighting with for the eight seed traded for Nurkic at the deadline in a deal for Mason Plumlee. Nurkic has been a beast on the boards which the Blazers have desperately needed.

He has fit seamlessly into Portland’s guard driven offense. With only eleven games left, it will be interesting to see who can put together a late season run and secure the final playoff spot in the West. Only one game remaining between the two contenders next week in Portland may be the deciding factor.

The Eastern Conference playoff picture is in total disarray. The first four teams in the East have practically guaranteed their spots. The five through eight seed however, is still up for grabs. Currently the standings are accordingly 5. Altanta 37-34,  6. Milwaukee 36-35,  7. Indiana 36-35,  8. Miami 35-37,  9. Chicago 34-38, and 10. Detroit  34-38.

While it seems unlikely Atlanta would have a late season let down they could drop from a five seed to fishing when it comes playoff time. Milwaukee has been playing tremendous basketball as of late (8-2 in their last ten games), and looks to be trending upwards in the standings. The Pacers have been consistently inconsistent throughout the season, and their record shows it. With an easy remaining schedule the Pacers should be able to squeak into the playoffs. Erik Spoelstra’s Miami Heat has been on an unbelievable tear through the league after their dreadful start.

With ten games remaining for the Heat, a solid end to the season will give them a playoff spot and possibly a Coach of the Year award for Spoelstra. The Chicago Bulls are sitting at nine (3-7 in their last ten) and without Dwayne Wade for the rest of the season. Unless superstar Jimmy Butler can carry this team on his back down the stretch, the Bulls may be watching the playoffs from home this season.

Detroit is tenth (4-6 in their last ten) and has been one of the more disappointing teams in the East. Inconsistent play from Reggie Jackson and lack of development from Andre Drummond has left the Pistons on the outside looking in.

With only a couple weeks of regular season basketball left there is still a lot to be decided. It will be interesting to see which teams can make a run and surge into the playoffs, playing their best basketball of the season.

In a meantime, you could put some bets and predicitions about your favorite for this season Playoff, or even try Boxing Betting or something else.

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