National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs
The NBA finals is the exciting time of year where the best teams of National Basketball Association square off and compete for the
championship title and off course bragging rights. This web site was created to honor this event and to help share information, news,
photos and much more about this great event and the teams and players involved.
The NBA Playoffs consist of four rounds consisting of sixteen teams in the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference of the NBA.
This was called divisions before the 1970s. The winners of the of the conference quarterfinals or, as we all know, the First Round.
The winners of the First Round go on to the NBA Conference Finals. Eventually, the champions of each conference come face
to face in the NBA finals.
The rounds are more like the best-of-seven series, although before it was only the best-of-five. The finals are played in 2-3-2
formats, and this simply means that the first two and the final two games [if it is a necessity] are played where the processing
team has home court superiority. All games, excluding the first two and final two are played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format.
In 1947, first season of the National Basketball Association, which was called the BAA until the merge with NBL in 1949. The Eastern Conference and the Western
Conferences top three teams received invitations to the playoffs. The two conference champions played a best-of-seven semifinal
series to grant entry into the finals. Best-of-three playoffs were played be four other teams consisting of two rounds to enter the
Semifinal match and face the winner.
That same year the Chicago Stags were defeated by the Philadelphia Warriors 4 to 1 in the first BAA Championship ever, even though the online betting suggested it would go the other way! In the playoffs of the 1949, one team from each Conference was added, getting rid of byes. The best-of-three series were played,
consisting of two rounds followed by the championship of best-of-seven. The first champions of the new-given name, NBA, in the 1950s
were the Minneapolis Lakers, defeating the Syracuse Nationals in just 6 games.
From 1951 to 1953 playoffs, the Conference Finals were changed into the best-of-five. In the year 1954 the Indianapolis Olympians folded,
a Round Roman was used by the NBA for the first time and the only time in history. Evidentially, from 1955 to 1966 the league was returned
to its original 6-team format. This expanded the Conference Finals to the best-of-seven in 1958, and in 1961 the best-of-five semifinals.
After 1961 the prize money for winning the Championship was calculated, and set in stone, to ensure the winners always got the right amount of money. They also got given the last of the choices in the NBA Picks to make sure that the league stayed competitive. There have been thousands of Basketball Champions over the years, like current hot-shot Lebron James, but none as deserving as Michael Jordan - it would be worth buying NBA tickets to see King James play on his own and lead a whole new era of amazing on the hardwoord! The excitment of the modern basketball game is not limited to LeBron; fellow young stars including Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, John Wall, Dwight Howard, and Blake Grffin ensure that the NBA will be explosive for many years to come.
Yet, it is not just a young mans league, veteran standout including Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett remain in charge of their respective perennial title contenders. The Online Bookmakers make the Miami Heat the favourites this time around. This plethora of both young and old superstars is reflected week in and week out with strong ticket demand for top venues such as Madison Square Garden, TD Garden, and the STAPLES Center where re-sale prices hover over $200 on average.