With the NBA entering the 2020-2021 season with a few changes, one of the most notable ones is the new playoffs format. Normally the top eight teams in each conference makes the playoffs, however this season, the NBA is doing something similar to what they did this summer in the bubble, which is have a playoffs game, to see who makes the playoffs.
This is how it works. The top six teams with the best records from each conference will automatically make the playoffs. However, the seventh and eighth seed, must play a one game eliminations game, and the winner of that game will receive the 7th seed. Meanwhile the 8th and 9th place seeds will play each other, and the winner of that will enter the playoffs as the 8th seed.
This means a team can finish their season with the 7th best record in their conference, and still be sitting home in the first round of the playoffs.
This format benefits teams from the Western Conference (the most), because it’s not uncommon for them to have teams who finish 9th and 10th in the conference and played well over 500 basketball (for the season) and don’t make the playoffs.
Catch up with Post You May Have Missed
- Jazz star Mitchell placed in concussion protocolJazz guard Donovan Mitchell has been placed in the concussion protocol, with the team saying it was unclear when he suffered the injury.
- NBA analyst Sekou Smith dies due to COVID-19Sekou Smith, a longtime reporter and television analyst who was beloved within the basketball world, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19.
- Ignite in spotlight as G League sets scheduleThe NBA G League regular season begins Feb. 10 and runs through March 6, and it will consist of a total of 135 games played inside the "bubble" near Orlando, Florida.