As the basketball season winds down, the excitement heats up as another year of NBA Playoff odds start to unravel in April.
NBA Playoff Results - Pro Basketball Betting Odds
|2004 NBA Championship Detroit Pistons|
The Detroit Pistons brought the NBA Championship back to the east, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 in game 5 to take the best of seven series 4-1. The Lakers did everything they could in the first half to stay competitive, but Detroit played hardcore defense, attacked the Lakers in their weak areas and ran their offense to perfection. Ben Wallace led the charge, saving his best performance for the championship clinching game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 22 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince also did a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Series MVP Chauncey Billups also scored 14 points. It was clear Detroit was not only on their way to the championship trophy but they were taking away the heart out of the Los Angeles "Lakers" as well. Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace, left, Darvin Ham, centre, and Lindsey Hunter, right, with the Larry O Brien trophy after beating the Big winners: Los Angeles Lakers in game five of the NBA Finals to win the NBA championship.
|Los Angeles Lakers & Detroit Pistons NBA final game results|
|Game 1 results at Staple center - Pistons 87 Lakers 75|
|Game 2 results at Staple Center - Pistons 89 Lakers 89 O/T Pistons 91 Lakers 99|
|Game 3 results at The Palace - Pistons 88 Lakers 68|
|Game 4 results at The Palace - Pistons 88 Lakers 80|
|Game 5 results at The Palace - Pistons 100 Lakers 87|
|Detroit Pistons 2004 NBA champions|
|Learn about NBA Playoffs and finals|
After 82 NBA games, April 14th the regular season will come to a end for 2003/2004. On April 17th NBA Playoffs will begin. 16 teams qualify for the playoffs, 8 from the Eastern and 8 from the Western conferences. The two division winners in each conference will have the first seeding. The division winner with the best record is ranked Number 1. Remaining 6 teams are ranked according to their won-lost ratio.
In the Conference Semifinals, the winner of number 1 vs. number 8 plays the winner of number 4 vs. number 5, and the winner of number 2 vs. number 7 plays the winner of number 3 vs. number 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 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. The First Round is played on a 2-2-1 basis. The Conference Semifinals and the Conference Finals are played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The NBA Finals are played on a 2-3-2 basis. Teams with the better record during the regular season gained home-court advantage.
|Bet on the NBA basketball playoffs Here||NBA Playoff odds and lines|
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|Indiana Pacers||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|New Jersey Nets||Sacramento Kings|
|Detroit Pistons||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Milwaukee Bucks||San Antonio Spurs|
|Miami Heat||Memphis Grizzlies|
|New Orleans Hornets||Dallas Mavericks|
|New York Knicks||Houston Rockets|
|Boston Celtics||Denver Nuggets|
|Philadelphia 76-ers||Portland Trailblazers|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Utah Jazz|
|Toronto Raptors||Golden State Warriors|
|Atlanta Hawks||Seattle Supersonics|
|Washington Wizards||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Chicago Bulls||Phoenix Suns|
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