NBA playoff brackets for 2015 could provide some exciting match-ups. With the 2015 NBA Playoffs set to begin on April 18, there is still some shuffling taking place within the standings. In the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers just keep winning, likely earning both teams favorable match-ups in the first round. When the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 110-103 on Monday night (April 13), the team took another step toward securing either a No. 2 or No. 3 seed.
With just one game to go in the regular season for the Houston Rockets, Spurs and Clippers, the teams are tied at 55-26. The Spurs own the divisional tie-breaker over the Rockets and by winning the Southwest Division would then get the No. 2 seed in the West. That would keep the Clippers at No. 3 and bump the Rockets down to the No. 5 spot. The latest NBA standings also reveal that the 54-27 Memphis Grizzlies could play into a tie with several other teams as the regular season winds down.
If the standings remain the same, the 2015 NBA playoff brackets in the West would have the No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. the No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder have identical 44-37 records, with the Pelicans owning the tie-breaker if they remain equal. The rest of the bracket in the West would have the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. the No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, the No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. the No. 6 Memphis Grizzlies, and the No. 4 Portland Trail Blazers vs. the No. 5 Houston Rockets.
In the Eastern Conference, the 37-43 Indiana Pacers have jumped into the No. 8 seed, but have to stay ahead of the 37-44 Brooklyn Nets to make the postseason. The 2015 NBA playoff brackets for the East have the No.1 Atlanta Hawks vs. the No. 8 Indiana Pacers, the No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the No. 7 Boston Celtics, the No. 3 Chicago Bulls vs. the No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks, and the No. 4 Toronto Raptors vs. the No. 5 Washington Wizards. The Hawks have clinched home court through the postseason with an impressive 60-21 record.
The bottom three teams in the Eastern Conference playoff picture have sub.500 records. That is frustrating news to fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans because one of those teams will have a better record, but end up missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs. That’s how it goes in the NBA, though, despite many basketball analysts asking for the system to be changed.
The two hottest teams in the NBA are currently the San Antonio Spurs (on an 11-game winning streak) and the Los Angeles Clippers (winners in 9-of-10 games). Nobody in the Western Conference wants to play the Spurs, especially with how much recent success the team has piled up. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the team is also the defending NBA champion. If the current 2015 NBA playoff brackets remain the same, it would be the Dallas Mavericks given the unenviable task of playing the Spurs in the first round.
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