The seasonal NBA Playoffs kick off around April each year and are contested by the top eight teams in each conference with the most wins fighting it out for the NBA Championship title.
The NBA Playoffs teams are made up of the three division winners plus the next best NBA team from each conference based on their seasonal record. NBA Playoff seedings are based on each club’s record over the regular NBA season.
NBA Playoffs are contested in a tournament format with each team playing another in a best-of-seven series. NBA Playoff winners are the first club to post four wins against their allocated opponents, who are subsequently eliminated from the race to the Championship.
The last round of the NBA Playoffs is the NBA Finals. The NBA Finals are a separate best-of-seven series showdown between the two NBA Conference Champions decided throughout the basketball playoffs tournament.
2018/19 NBA Playoffs
- Reigning NBA Champions: Toronto Raptors (2019)
- Date: Start April 14, 2019 (AEDT)
- Format: Best-of-seven series tournament
- Final Round: NBA Finals
- Title: NBA Champions
- Trophy: Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy
- MVP: Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
The 2018/19 NBA Playoffs tip off on Sunday April 14, 2019 (AEDT) with the 2019 Eastern Conference and 2019 Western Conference Finals leading into the 2018 NBA Finals starting on May 30, 2019 (AEDT time).
The top eight teams from each conference face off in a number of best-of-seven NBA Playoffs series during the First Round.
2019 NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals Results
- Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: 2-4
- Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers: 4-0
The Toronto Raptors earned their first trip to the NBA Finals after an upset 4-2 series win over the first-seed Milwaukee Bucks. The Golden State Warriors also booked their fifth consecutive ticket to the Finals after a clean 4-0 series sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers.
2019 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Results
- Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics: 4-1
- Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers: 4-3
The Eastern Conference Semi-Finals boiled down to a thrilling Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater as the Raptors sent the Sixers packing in the final play of Game 7. The Milwaukee Bucks also proved too much for the Celtics winning the series in five games as Giannis Anteokounmpo dominated Boston with two straight 30+ point performances in Games 3 and 4.
- Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets: 4-2
- Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers: 3-4
The Warriors once again got the better of the Rockets for the second straight year as Golden State prevailed over Houston minus Kevin Durant. Meanwhile, in Denver, the stage was set for an epic Game 7 between the Nuggets and Blazers, only for the hosts to fall four-points short as the Blazers moved on to the Western Conference Finals.
2019 NBA Playoffs: First Round Series Results
- Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic: 4-1
The second seed Raptors defeated the seventh seed Magic.
- Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets: 4-1
The third seed Sixers defeated the sixth seed Nets.
- Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers: 4-0
The fourth seed Celtics defeated the fifth seed Pacers.
- Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons: 4-0
The first seed Bucks defeated the eighth seed Pistons.
- Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs: 4-3
The second seed Nuggets defeated the seventh seed Spurs.
- Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder: 4-1
The third seed Blazers defeated the sixth seed Thunder.
- Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz: 4-1
The fourth seed Rockets defeated the fifth seed Jazz.
- Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers: 4-2
The first seed Warriors defeated the eighth seed Clippers.
The NBA Playoffs First Round results decide the eight teams to progress onto the NBA Conference Semifinals.
NBA Playoffs Betting
All the regular basketball betting markets are open across the NBA Playoffs. Outright NBA odds are open months in advance of the Playoffs series and are determined by the NBA results across the season. Other popular NBA Playoffs betting markets include the Eastern Conference and Western Conference winners.
Popular NBA Playoffs Bet Types include:
- NBA Championship Winner
- NBA Eastern Conference Winner
- NBA Western Conference Winner
NBA Playoffs System
The NBA Playoffs System that happens at the end of each season. Photo by NBA Explained.
- 1st plays 8th
- 2nd plays 7th
- 3rd plays 6th
- 4th plays 5th
In the opening round of the NBA playoffs the highest seeded teams get the advantage. The home court advantage goes to the club with the best record out of the two, which isn’t always the top seeded team in the match.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2015/16 NBA Championship. Photo Credit: Custom.
There are eight NBA Playoff series – made up of between four and seven games – played in the opening round, four in each Conference.
Conference Semi Finals
Winners of the opening round’s series in each conference play the winners of the second best-of-seven series in the first semi-final NBA tournament. Game 2 winners from the first round play the game four victors in each Conference in the second set of semi-finals.
Winners of the two first semi-final series in each Conference play the winners of the second two semi-final tournaments to make up two Conference Finals series in the NBA Playoffs each season.
One best-of-seven NBA Championship series played between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference winners.