NBA playoffs by team record
Over the years, the playoffs criteria have been criticized due to the major quality difference between the Eastern and the Western conference . Looks like right before the start of the 2015 NBA season , we finally get to see a new NBA rule that will bring some normality in the final playoff spots.
As a unanimous decision , the eight playoff teams in each conference will be seeded in order of their regular-season record. Until now , every division winner was guaranteed a top four seed in its respective conference regardless of its record but did not receive home-court advantage if its playoff opponent had a better record.
One strange possibility could exist in which a division “winner” could have the ninth-best record in a conference and miss the playoffs. It’s an incredibly unlikely scenario, but it’s still possible.
The Governors board decided on changes to tiebreak criteria for playoff seeding and home-court advantage.
- The direct results have become the first criteria to break ties for playoff seeding and home-court advantage between two teams with identical regular-season records.
- The second criterion is whether a team won its division. Under the old tiebreak system, a division winner was awarded the higher seed and received home-court advantage in a series if the two teams met in the playoffs.
Overall , this change will benefit the stronger teams , and be a small disadvantage for the teams in the weaker divisions.
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