In a few days’ time, the regular NBA season will come to an end.
It’s been such an eventful season of basketball, one in which so many records have been shattered and replaced with new ones.
As we continue into the month of April, the business end of the NBA season draws even nearer.
The NBA Playoff season will kick off April 13.
In the Western Conference, Golden State Warriors have already sealed their position as the top seed in the West.
Staying in the West, the likes of Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets Portland Traiblazers, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will be featuring in the NBA post-season.
All that is left in the Western conference is which position the likes of OC Thunder and San Antonio Spurs will finish in. Whichever team finishes in eighth will have to face Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
In the West, it has been pretty straightforward. It’s been short of that in the Eastern conference.
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Qualification for the post-season has been more dramatic than in the Western conference.
Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors have led the conference for the most part of the season. They are closely followed by Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers.
So far so good, those are the five teams assured of a place in the NBA playoffs this season. The Eastern conference must produce eight representatives, meaning three slots are up for grabs. And those three slots are being keenly contested by these five sides:
- Detroit Pistons
- Brooklyn Nets
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Charlotte Hornets
Most of these teams have either played 77 or 78 regular season games. This means they have 4-5 games to fight it out and push for an NBA play-off ticket.
And during that period, only three of them can join the rest while the others enjoy their extended vacation.
The big question is: Which of these sides will be playing in the NBA Playoffs later this month? Which three sides will clinch the three remaining playoff spots?
It’s even more difficult to answer these questions, considering the fact that some of these teams still have to play against each other before the regular season ends.
Most of these teams may not be favorites to win even their conference championship.
However, no team wants to be watching others play from the comfort of their couch. Everyone wants to be involved in the thick of things. But not all can make it.
So which teams are strong enough to hold off the competition and scale through? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.