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2021 NBA playoffs

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2021 NBA playoffs
Season2020–21
Teams20
Defending championsLos Angeles Lakers

The 2021 NBA playoffs is the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2020–21 season, The playoffs will begin on May 22, 2021. It will end with the 2021 NBA Finals in July.

Overview

Format

On November 19, 2020, the NBA Board of Governors approved a format for 2020–21 season to have a playoff Play-In Tournament involving the teams that ranked 7th through 10th in each conference. The 7th place team plays the 8th place team with the winner clinching the 7-seed in the playoffs. The 9th place team plays the 10th place team with the loser being eliminated from playoff contention. The 7th-8th loser will then play the 9th-10th winner, with the winner clinching the 8-seed and the loser being eliminated. The NBA's regular playoff format would then proceed as normal.[1]

Under the NBA's regular playoff format, the eight teams with the most wins in each conference qualified for the playoffs. The seedings were based on each team's record. Each conference's bracket was fixed; there was no reseeding. All rounds were best-of-seven series; the series ended when one team won four games, and that team advanced to the next round. All rounds, including the NBA Finals, were in a 2–2–1–1–1 format. In the conference playoffs, home court advantage went to the higher-seeded team (number one being the highest), although since all games were played in the same location, this was merely a designated home court. Seeding was based on each team's regular season record within a conference; if two teams had the same record, standard tiebreaker rules were used. Conference seedings were ignored for the NBA Finals: Home court advantage went to the team with the better regular season record, and, if needed, ties were broken based on head to head record, followed by intra-conference record.

Playoff qualifying

On April 25, 2021, the Utah Jazz became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.[2]

Eastern Conference

Seed Team Record Clinched
Play-in Playoff berth Division title Best record
in conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Philadelphia 76ers 46–21 April 28[3]
2 Milwaukee Bucks 43–24 May 4[4] April 30[5]
3 Brooklyn Nets 43–24 April 27[6]
4 New York Knicks 37–30
5 Atlanta Hawks 37–31
6 Miami Heat 36–31
7 Boston Celtics 35–32
8 Charlotte Hornets 33–34
9 Indiana Pacers 31–35
10 Washington Wizards 31–36

Western Conference

Seed Team Record Clinched
Play-in Playoff berth Division title Best record
in conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Utah Jazz 49–18 April 25[2]
2 Phoenix Suns 48–19 April 28[7]
3 Los Angeles Clippers 45–22 May 3[8]
4 Denver Nuggets 44–23 May 3[9]
5 Dallas Mavericks 39–28
6 Portland Trail Blazers 38–29
7 Los Angeles Lakers 37–30
8 Golden State Warriors 34–33
9 Memphis Grizzlies 33–33
10 San Antonio Spurs 32–34

Playoff bracket

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Teams with home court advantage, the higher seeded team, are shown in italics.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  
8  
   
   
4
5  
   
Eastern Conference
   
3  
6  
 
   
2
7  
  E
  W
1  
8  
 
   
4
5  
 
Western Conference
   
3  
6  
 
   
2
7  

* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage

Play-in Tournament

The NBA Play-In Tournament will include teams with the 7th through 10th highest winning percentages in each conference. The 7th place and 8th place teams will play each other with the winner becoming the 7th seed. The loser will then play the winner of the 9th and 10th place game with the winner becoming the 8th seed.[10]

Eastern Conference Play-in

Play-in 8th place game
Qualified
8
7
Eliminated
10
9
Key: Winning team advances Losing team advances


Western Conference Play-in

Play-in 8th place game
Qualified
8
7
Eliminated
10
9
Key: Winning team advances Losing team advances


Media coverage

Television

NBA on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV will broadcast the playoffs nationally in the United States. During the first two rounds, games will be split by ESPN, ABC and TNT. NBATV will also televise selected games in the first round. Regional sports networks affiliated with teams also broadcast the games, except for games televised on ABC. ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals while TNT will have exclusive coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals. ABC will have exclusive coverage of the finals for the 19th straight year.

References

  1. ^ "NBA announces structure and format for 2020-21 season". NBA.com. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Maloney, Jack (April 25, 2021). "Utah Jazz become first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff spot this season". cbssports.com. Retrieved April 26, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "76ers clinch playoff spot with victory over Hawks". Sportsnet.ca. April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "Bucks rally in 4th to beat Nets 124-118, clinch playoff spot". ESPN.com. May 4, 2021. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  5. ^ @Bucks (April 30, 2021). "The most Central Division titles in NBA history" (Tweet). Retrieved May 4, 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Andrews, Malika (April 27, 2021). "Brooklyn Nets first in Eastern Conference to clinch playoff berth". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Klapper, Clayton (April 29, 2021). "Phoenix Suns clinch first playoff berth in 10 seasons". KNXV. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  8. ^ "Lowry leads depleted Raptors past Lakers; Clippers clinch playoff spot". Sportsnet.ca. May 3, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "Denver Nuggets clinch playoff spot, 3rd in the Western Conference". FOX31 Denver. May 3, 2021. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  10. ^ "FAQ: NBA Play-In Tournament". NBA.com. Retrieved April 22, 2021.

External links

  • www.nba.com/playoffs

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