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A guide to the NBA 2019 Playoffs

April 1, 2019 5 min to read

With the Playoff finals for the 2018-2019 NBA season just two weeks away and some teams already qualified we can have a clearer picture of the Playoffs.

We will give you the review of the 16 times that look likely to qualify or already qualified to the playoff.

Teams residing in both Eastern and Western conferences and with the season nears its close we have 8 playoff berths already decided, with another 8 yet to be decided, although the idea is clear at this stage.

Eastern Conference

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Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are set for the playoffs and also won themselves the Eastern Conference Central Division 1st place.

Impressive right? This means that Milwaukee now can turn their attention to win the conference before going out for the prestigious NBA full season trophy.

The team currently has 55 wins from a number of 74 games which gives them 0.743 winning percentage.

13 victories from these 55 wins were against divisional rivals which makes them worth being on top.

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Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors is the other team which is now qualified but also with a shout to win the Atlantic division, in fact, they are huge favorites to do that.

Currently placed 2nd in the Eastern Conference, to catch up the Milwaukee Bucks may be a bit difficult at this stage of the season.

The Raptor has won 51 games from the first 74 games which gives them a whopping 0.689 winning percentage which is not bad.

10 Victories from those 51 came against division rivals which means they lost only 4. There is no wondering why they are first in the division and will certainly be looking good in playing the playoffs.

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Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers have qualified for the playoffs but have a lot to do to win the Atlantic division with a total of wins difference between them and the raptors.

Currently being 3rd in the Eastern Conference, it’s even more difficult for them to win the conference with the form their rivals are into.

But they won’t care as they will still look forward to winning the prestigious NBL final come the next two months.

With an honorable 47 victories from the 74 games played, their divisional record is not that good with just 7 victories and a total of 8 defeats against divisional rivals.

This falling behind can be attributed with issues on the road as they lost 18 games while winning 18.

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Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers are the 4th club already qualified for the playoffs, however, winning the division isn’t a possibility for them as the Milwaukee Bucks already ran with the prize.

The reason for sitting behind that much to their divisional rivals could be due to their record in divisional games with just 9 games won from 14.

45 wins from 74 are no bad record to have as they look forward to the finals of the NBA 2018-2019 season.

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Others

Currently, the other 4 teams that are occupying the rest of the places are:

  • Boston  Celtics (Atlantic Division)
  • Brooklyn Nets (Atlantic Division)
  • Detroit Pistons (Central Division)
  • Miami Heat (Southeast Division)

Western Conference

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Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors won 50 games from their opening 73 games played and are in a high chance to win both the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

However, the fight looks to be an interesting one against the Denver Nuggets who are just 0.5 games behind with 1 game in hand.

Winning 11 games against divisional rivals lead the team to be favorite to win the division though.

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Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are the team that is giving the first place of the Western Conference, a run for their money. The Golden State Warriors.

With the interesting fight for the conference in the mind, the Denver Nuggets are close to winning the Western Conference.

While they look forward to the playoffs, Denver Nuggets will look to better their already good record of 49 victories in 72 games.

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Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets are the 3rd place team in the open Western Conference and look good to win the Southwest Division too.

Although their chances may look slim to win the conference, Houston Rockets have the disadvantage of having one game in hand too.

With the playoffs in mind already, Houston Rockets who won 47 games from 74 looks to win every game to be able to lift the conference title.

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Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are currently 4th in the Conference and second to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference.

And while 3 games might not look like a huge distance, the Denver Nuggets do have a game in hand.

46 victories of the 74 games played, 17 which were against divisional rivals. They did lose 18 though.

Playoffs ready, the question is will they win the division or conference? Unlikely but they won’t care considering their adversary top form.

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Others

Currently, the other 4 teams that are occupying the rest of the places are:

  1. Utah Jazz (Northwest Division)
  2. Los Angeles Clippers (Pacific Division)
  3. San Antonio Spurs (Southwest Division)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (Northwest Division)

Final  Words

While it's looking to be another breathtaking year for basketball enthusiasts in the United States of America, who will win this year?

Our team of NBL Enthusiasts predicts that while there will be no changes in the current placings of the Western Conference, the Eastern Conference could be about to become more interesting in the coming weeks.

Let us know your thoughts below in the comments section and check the Bovada Odds to make sure you get the best bet!

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