The regular season of the NBA is over and the playoffs are here with us. The field is wide open like never before. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling. This gives so much hope to the other 14 teams that they also have a chance. For the last three years, it has been a Cavs and Warriors affair.
You should be prepared as the madness begins on Saturday. Below are some of the fun facts about 2018-post season.
The NBA playoff order is finally set. That means the top eight teams in each conference will scrap it out, sending the victors to the Finals for a shot at a championship.
Here’s what the playoff bracket looks like right now:
Toronto Raptors vs. 8. Washington Wizards
Boston Celtics vs. 7. Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers vs. 6. Miami Heat
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5. Indiana Pacers
Houston Rockets vs. 8. Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors vs. 7. San Antonio Spurs
Portland Trail Blazers vs. 6. New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 5. Utah Jazz
Sixers are on a winning streak
The Philadelphia team has won the last 16 games of the regular season. No any other team has won as many games heading into playoffs.
Poor vs. rich [relatively speaking]
The battle between Pacers and Cavaliers is one between the lowest and highest salaries in this year’s playoffs. Pacer total salary is $93.7 million where as the Cavaliers is $136 million.
Highest paid player
Though the Cavs have the highest payroll, the highest paid player is Stephen Curry of the Warriors at $34.7 million. LeBron comes second with $33.3 million.
Wild, wild west
Many people consider the western conference superior. However, this season has not been very kind to them due to injury. Nonetheless, they are widely expected to produce the winning team in this year’s finals.
High performing rookie
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz is averaging 20.5 points per game. He is the first to lead a team to the playoffs, since Carmelo lead the Nuggets in 2003.
LeBron has played for 9,127 minutes and only Tim Duncan has played more minutes than he has in the playoffs. Tony Parker has 7,691, while Wade has 6.570.
The order is finally set, and we are good to go. Eight of the best teams in each conference are ready to battle it out. The best in each conference will meet in the finals and get a shot at the championship.