Basketball: NBA Playoffs 2018 preview
Conference standings on 15.1.2018:
The 3 division winners and 5 other teams with the most wins from each conference qualified for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record.
|#1 Boston||Gold. St. #1|
|#8 Detroit||Denver #8|
|#4 Miami||San Ant. #4|
|#5 Washing.||Oklahoma #5|
|#2 Toronto||Houston #2|
|#7 Milwaukee||LA Clipp. #7|
|#3 Cleveland||Minnesota #3|
|#6 Indiana||New Orl. #6|
#1 in each conference will play #8 in their conference, #2 plays #7, #3 plays #6 and #4 plays #5. In the Conference Semifinals, the winner of #1 vs. #8 plays the winner of #4 vs. #5, and the winner of #2 vs. #7 plays the winner of #3 vs. #6. The winners of the Conference Semifinals then meet in the Conference Finals. Winners in the Eastern and Western conferences advancing to the NBA Finals.
NBA tie-breaking procedure
1. Results of games against each other.
2. Division leader wins tie against team not leading a division.
3. Higher winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division).
4. Higher winning percentage in conference games.
5. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference.
6. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference.
7. Higher point differential.
If there were more than two teams tied, the following criteria will be utilized:
1. Division winner.
2. Better winning percentage in all games among the tied teams.
3. Better winning percentage against teams in own division (if all tied teams are in same division).
4. Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.
5. Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).
6. Higher point differential.
All rounds of the NBA Playoffs are best-of-7 games. This means, the team that is the first to win four games out of seven is the winner of that round. All rounds, including the NBA Finals, are in a 2-2-1-1-1 format.