NBA Playoffs 2017/18

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.

2017/18 NBA Playoffs

2018 NBA Playoffs

The Matchups for the first round of the Playoffs of 2018. Photo by CBS Sports.


  • Reigning NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors (2017)
  • Date: Start April 14, 2018 (US time)
  • 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 2017/18 NBA Playoffs are underway having kicked off on Saturday April 14, 2018 (US time) with the 2018 Eastern Conference and 2018 Western Conference Finals leading into the 2018 NBA Finals starting on May 31, 2018 (US time).

The top eight teams from each conference face off in a number of best-of-seven NBA Playoffs series during the First Round.

2018 NBA Playoffs Teams & Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference – BET NOW

  • Philadelphia vs TBD

Western Conference – BET NOW

  • Houston vs TBD
  • New Orleans vs Golden State

2018 NBA Playoffs Teams & First Round Series

Eastern Conference

  • Toronto vs Washington – BET NOW
  • Cleveland vs Indiana – BET NOW
  • Boston vs Milwaukee – BET NOW
  • Philadelphia defeated Miami: 4 – 1

Philadelphia became the first of the Eastern Conference teams through to the Conference NBA Semi-finals defeating Miami four games to one in their first round series.

Western Conference

  • Oklahoma City vs Utah – BET NOW
  • Houston defeated Minnesota: 4 – 1
  • Portland lost to New Orleans: 0 – 4
  • Golden State defeated San Antonio: 4 – 1

Houston have progressed to the NBA Conference Semifinals after beating Minnesota four games to one in their playoffs first round series. They will take on either Oklahoma or Utah.

The other Western Conference Semifinals series has been decided with New Orleans to take on Golden State. New Orleans defeated Portland, who gave away their home court advantage, in the first round four games to nil, while division winners Golden State progressed to the next round with a four games to one win over San Antonio.

The NBA Playoffs First Round results will 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

odds and betting on the nba playoffs

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.