NBA Playoffs 2019/20

2019/20 NBA Playoffs Suspended

The entire 2019/20 NBA Season including the Playoffs were suspended for at least one month on March 11, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Betting on the 2019-20 NBA Playoffs has also been suspended.

The proposed resumption date for the NBA season is April 10, 2020.


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.

  • Reigning NBA Champions: Toronto Raptors (2019)
  • Date: Start April 18, 2020 (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 2019/20 NBA Playoffs were set to tip off on Saturday April 18, 2020 (AEDT) with the 2020 Eastern Conference and 2020 Western Conference Finals leading into the 2020 NBA Finals originally scheduled for June 4, 2020 (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.

2020 NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals Results

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2020 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Results

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2020 NBA Playoffs: First Round Series Results

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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

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The NBA Playoffs System that happens at the end of each season. Photo by NBA Explained.

First Round

  • 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.

NBA Playoffs betting

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.

Conference 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.

NBA Finals

One best-of-seven NBA Championship series played between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference winners.