With just days to go before the regular season ends, the NBA playoff picture is becoming clearer. The West is doing its part to help fans plan by having all four playoff matchups already decided. The only thing yet to be determined is who has home court advantage in the Los Angeles Clippers-Utah Jazz matchup in the middle of the bracket. Things are more fuzzy in the East where the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are fighting for the top seed. The Cavs late-season collapse has left the door open for the Celtics to secure the top spot. At the bottom of the seeding, the Pacers, Bulls and Heat are all fighting for the final two spots. A couple notes about what you are about to read. The standings listed are as of Monday, April 10 but the matchups are based on Heavy's projections for the final games of the season. In other words, these are the predicted matchups not necessarily the current matchups with games remaining on the calendar.
The Golden State Warriors were able to endure life without Kevin Durant and secured the top seed in the West. Golden State will also have home court advantage in the Finals if they are able to advance that far. The good news for Warriors fans (bad news for the rest of the league) is Golden State enters the playoffs playing their best basketball. Both the Spurs and Rockets lie in the distance looking to cause a little excitement later in the playoffs. All indications are fans are headed for several intriguing playoff matchups. It is truly the best time of the year for basketball fans as March Madness concludes and leads us into the NBA Playoffs which is the most exciting time in the NBA. Fans will welcome back an exciting Utah Jazz team as the Jazz make their first postseason appearance since 2012. Aside from the Jazz and Bucks, the 16 playoff teams are likely to be squads with a recent playoff track record. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @JonDAdams with you favorite potential NBA playoff matchup. Click the arrow on the right side of the above image to see Heavy's predictions for the NBA playoffs. (Getty)