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America’s top basketball artists will endure the gauntlet of the NBA’s postseason tournament as the playoffs get underway, and they are solely focused on raising the most cherished hardware in basketball - the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
The road to the NBA playoffs have been a challenging stretch of seven months and 82 games. And now, teams will take the court for this year’s 2017 NBA Playoffs, which begins Saturday, April 15 and runs through a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Sixteen of the 30 teams in the Association make the playoffs, eight from the Eastern Conference and eight from the Western Conferences. This produces eight first-round series that will be played beginning April 15, three days following the end of the 2016-17 NBA regular season.
The winners of the first round advance to the Conference Semifinals, and the winners of that round move on to the NBA Conference Finals.
The 2017 NBA Finals will start on Thursday, June 1, and if the series reaches the full seven games, will run through Sunday, June 18. ABC will exclusively broadcast the NBA Finals in June. TNT will televise the Western Conference Finals while ESPN has rights to the Eastern Conference Finals.
NBA Playoffs 2017 - NBA Playoff Predictions
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The 2017 NBA Playoffs figure to be without all that much in the way of drama. There is a clear definition between the teams that have a shot of winning it all and the teams that don't, and the fact of the matter is that the second round matchups might not be all that much more competitive than most of the first rounders. That said, you never know when an upset is brewing around the corner that can change the landscape of the entire rest of the postseason, and there will be some big, big prices to be had on some of the underdogs throughout the seven weeks.
#1 Boston Celtics vs. #8 Chicago Bulls Series (Series Tied 2-2)
Game 5 - Bulls at Celtics, Wednesday, April 26
Game Time: TBD (Game on TNT)
Bulls vs. Celtics Game 5 Betting Odds: Celtics -7.5, O/U 202
Current Odds To Win Series: Celtics -500
The Celtics are back in this thing again. After losing the first two games at home, Boston has looked a lot more like a No. 1 seed over the course of the last several days. Isaiah Thomas had himself a huge game on Sunday, scoring 33 points, and he did so by making just one three the entire way. That said, Thomas took over after the Bulls rallied to take the lead midway through the third quarter, and a lead that stood at or near double-digits most of the way was ultimately restored by the middle of the fourth. It was an ugly offensive game for the Bulls without Rajon Rondo in the fold. Dwyane Wade looked lost at times trying to run this offense, but he was the best point guard option the team had. Sure, the Bulls can play big with Wade at the point and Jimmy Butler at the shooting guard spot, but that isn't their best lineup. At this stage of their careers, Butler and Wade really need a point guard on the floor to command the court. That could end up being the team's downfall when push comes to shove.
#4 Washington Wizards vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks (Series Tied 2-2)
Game 5 - Hawks at Wizards, Wednesday, April 26
Game Time: 6 p.m. ET (TNT)
Hawks vs. Wizards Game 5 Betting Odds: Wizards -5.5, O/U 212
Current Odds To Win Series: Wizards -185
Home court advantage has been incredibly important in this series. The Wizards were able to race out to the first two games of this best-of-seven, but the Hawks have really fed off of their home crowd. Paul Millsap was awesome in Game 4, including getting an offensive rebound around three Wizards and instinctually sticking it back up and in with a foul to take a game that had become super close and started pushing it towards a comfortable victory to level this series. Dwight Howard got involved in the act for the first time as well, and that made a huge difference. Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris flat out have to be better than they were in the two games in Atlanta if the Wizards are going to see this series out. Now that the series has shifted back to D.C., Washington will have to get back to its winning ways, or this series will go from 2-0 to 4-2 in a hurry.
#3 Toronto Raptors vs. #6 Milwaukee Bucks (Raptors Lead Series 3-2)
Game 6 - Raptors at Bucks, Thursday, April 27
Game Time: TBD
Raptors vs. Bucks Game 6 Betting Odds: Bucks -1.5, O/U 195
Current Odds To Win Series: Raptors -650
This has been a really odd series. There have been times that the Raptors have felt like the better team by a wide margin, and there have been times that the Bucks have felt like the better team by a wide margin. On Monday night, the better team for sure was Toronto. All five starters scored in double figures for the Dinos, but the key man was Nick Powell, who knocked down all four of his threes and scored 25 points to really pick up the slack for DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, both of whom were good, but neither of which were out of this world. The disheartening part about the 118-93 loss was that the Bucks shot 50 percent from the field. You shouldn't lose games in April when you do that. But Milwaukee also turned the ball over 15 times and had just two offensive rebounds for the entire game, and that's how this one got out of hand in the Great White North in a hurry in the first half.
#2 San Antonio Spurs vs. #7 Memphis Grizzlies Series (Spurs Lead Series 3-2)
Game 6 - Spurs at Grizzlies, Thursday, April 27
Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Spurs vs. Grizzlies Game 6 Betting Odds: Spurs -4, O/U 190
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Current Odds To Win Series: Spurs -2150
It's hard to not love what the Grizzlies have done in this series. They aren't good enough to win four games out of seven against San Antonio, but the fact that they had a few chances to ultimately win Game 5 in the Lone Star State should be commended. In the end, they succumbed by 13 points, but this 116-103 loss was a lot closer than many of the other games that these two teams have played in the postseason over the course of the last couple years. The bottom line though, is that the Grizz have to win games when they shoot 51.4 percent from the field and go 20-of-22 from the foul line. The Spurs though, shot 52.5 percent from the floor and knocked down 14 threes on 28 attempts, and that's why this series is 48 minutes away from being wrapped up.
#4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #5 Utah Jazz Series (Jazz Lead Series 3-2)
Game 6 - Clippers at Jazz, Friday, April 28
Game Time: 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Clippers vs. Jazz Game 6 Betting Odds: Jazz -5.5, O/U 192.5
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Current Odds To Win Series: Jazz -470
The plot twist in this series was remarkable in Game 3. When Blake Griffin went out of the fold, that apparently was the end of the Clippers. They've been beaten twice in a row by the Jazz now, and they're on the verge of being booted out of the first round of the playoffs. Gordon Hayward is back from his stomach virus, and he was incredibly efficient in a 27-point effort. The better sign? Rudy Gobert played 36 minutes and appears to have no further ill effects from the injury that kept him out of Game 2 and Game 3. The Clippers, who dominated the glass in the middle of this series, suddenly had just three offensive rebounds in Game 5, and that's why they were ultimately beaten 96-92. LA just didn't do enough of the little things right to win a playoff game, a problem that clearly has to be wearing on Doc Rivers. Is Game 6 the end of the Clippers as we know it? It's possible.
#3 Houston Rockets vs. #6 Oklahoma City Thunder Series (Rockets Win Series 4-1)
It only took winning one road game to get this series said and done with. Russell Westbrook did everything he could to ultimately push the Thunder to the finish line, but in the end, he succumbed to what we knew was always going to be the case. This team is very young and very inexperienced at the highest levels, and it showed against Houston time and time again down the stretch of games in this series. James Harden wasn't particularly awesome in this series, as he had a heck of a lot of help from his bench and the rest of his mates. That's what it's going to take if the Rockets want to seriously play with the Spurs, assuming that's how the second round of the playoffs ends up panning out when push comes to shove.
#1 Golden State Warriors vs. #8 Portland Trail Blazers (Warriors Win Series 4-0)
Damian Lillard decided to say at the outset of this series that the Blazers were going to win in six games. Mmhmm. This was a non-starter from the outset, as Golden State was clearly going to get rid of this series quickly. The series lasted just four games, and only two of the four were even remotely close. The Warriors didn't get a fantastic series out of Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr both missed time. C.J. McCollum and Lillard were both fantastic at times as well. And the series was still never close. That's proof of just how easy the first part of the Western Conference playoffs will be for the Dubs and how far the Trail Blazers are from really competing against some of the best teams in the NBA.
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. #7 Indiana Pacers Series (Cavaliers Win Series 4-0)
The Pacers have been swept for the first time in their history. Nate McMillan's club shouldn't be putting its head down over what was a much tighter series than 4-0 suggests. But the bottom line is that Indiana just wasn't quite good enough down the stretch in any of the four games in this series, and LeBron James should be considered a hero for it. LeBron came just short of averaging a triple-double for the series, and he capped it off with 33 points and 10 rebounds in the decisive game. Now, the Cavs will get a chance to sit back and relax for a few days while the Bucks and Raptors figure out who will advance to very likely be the next sacrificial lamb on LeBron's route to a seventh straight NBA Finals appearance.
NBA Playoffs Format 2017
For many years the NBA Playoffs utilized a 2-3-2 format, but a few seasons ago the format was thankfully restored to the 2-2-1-1-1. Not just the Finals, but the first three rounds of the playoffs follow the 2-2-1-1-1 format.
Previously, the team with the home court advantage would get the first two and potentially, the last two games played at home, while playing at the opposing teams home court for Game 3, 4 and 5.
Now, the team with home-court advantage still gets the first two games of the Finals at home, the next two away, and then the teams alternate cities for the last three games, if played.
Another change is that if the Finals goes seven games, there will be an extra day between Game 6 and Game 7.
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