NBA Playoff Standings 2017: Warriors, Cavaliers Lead Current NBA Playoff Bracket

Ryan DeVault - Author
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Mar. 5 2017, Updated 10:23 a.m. ET

NBA playoff standings for 2017 could lead to some very intriguing first-round matchups. The current NBA playoff bracket projects a Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics series in the Eastern Conference and a San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series in the Western Conference. Both matchups could yield a lot of excitement in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, but can any of those four teams dethrone the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers?

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In the updated NBA standings from March 5, the San Antonio Spurs have made a huge push to try to catch the Warriors in the Western Conference. A seven-game winning streak for the Spurs, combined with a two-game losing streak by the Warriors, and suddenly there is only a two game difference in the latest NBA playoff standings. Can the Spurs catch the Warriors in the final 21 games of the NBA regular season?

On the Golden State Warriors’ 2017 schedule, the team next has a game against the New York Knicks on March 5, followed by a tough home game against the Boston Celtics on March 8. The two most important games might come on March 11 and 29, though, as the Warriors have two road games against the Spurs. Those two games will decide the season series between the Warriors and Spurs, which will directly impact the final NBA playoff bracket.

When the NBA playoffs start, if the Spurs have passed the Warriors in the overall standings, it could create a first-round playoff matchup between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that’s a playoff series that would be easy for the league to sell to viewers.

2017 NBA Playoff Bracket

Western Conference:

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Denver Nuggets

(4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers

(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Memphis Grizzlies

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Oklahoma City Thunder

Eastern Conference:

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons

(4) Toronto Raptors vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks

(3) Washington Wizards vs. (6) Indiana Pacers

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Chicago Bulls

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