NBA Playoffs 2018
Featuring the best teams across the NBA, the NBA Playoffs are the ultimate proving ground for the best players in the league. Playing well in the playoffs can shape the legacy of any player, and can turn good teams into legendary teams. This year, the defending champion Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry are looking for back-to-back titles, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and their star LeBron James will be seeking revenge after last year's defeat. However, the Cavs and Warriors aren't the only two contenders in this year's race. In the East, the Celtics, Raptors, and Pacers will give Cleveland a true test; in the West, the Rockets, Blazers, and Thunder are all capable of making a run.
The NBA Playoffs start April 14, and typically run until mid-June. Don’t forget to sign up for SeatGeek to find out exactly when your favorite team will be making their appearance in the NBA Playoffs!
NBA Playoffs Format
The first edition of the NBA Playoffs took place in 1946, and was originally an interesting way to crown a champion. Under the original playoff format, the winners of the Eastern and Western Divisions would square off in a best-of-seven series, with the winner advancing to a championship series against the winner of a four team bracket made up of the third through sixth placed teams in the league. In a way, it could be argued that being in spots three through six was more beneficial than being a division champion, as your road to the Finals featured less rigorous competition.
After a short period of time honoring that format, the NBA moved to a format closer to what they use in the present day. This updated format required teams to reach the NBA Finals by winning a division championship, with the best teams in the Eastern and Western divisions put into their own playoff brackets to determine two finalists.
Eventually, the NBA Playoffs were expanded to feature eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference, with each team needing to win three best-of-seven rounds to reach the NBA Finals. Once the Eastern and Western Conference champions have been crowned, they play in the best-of-seven NBA Finals for the right to be called NBA champions.
Where the NBA Playoffs take place depends on who qualifies for the playoffs in a given season. On top of that, the seeding of each team heading into the playoffs determines who has home court advantage on a series by series basis. Seedings are determined by regular season record, and the better a team's regular season record is, the higher that team is are seeded within its conference.
Best NBA Playoffs Moments
There have been no shortage of memorable individual performances during the history of the NBA Playoffs, along with plenty of games that will live forever in NBA history. When it comes to individual performances, it is hard to ignore the consistent greatness that Michael Jordan and LeBron James have brought to the table in their postseason careers. Jordan's ability to hit clutch shots, including his game winning jumpers over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz, live in league history. Meanwhile, James' prowess on both offense and defense have created plenty of all-time great moments of their own.
When it comes to amazing NBA Playoff series, the rivalries of the 1990s did a great job of creating drama that has lived long beyond their era. The New York Knicks found themselves in the middle of a number of those heated battles, engaging in epic series almost annually with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
How much do NBA playoff tickets usually cost?
The price of NBA playoff tickets varies greatly, both by location and round. Last season in 2017, tickets for the first round of the playoffs ranged from an average of $55 to $258. In the second round, average prices ranged from $108 to $324. Ticket prices for the conference finals ranged from $213 to just under $400.
See below for a breakdown of average resale ticket price by round over the past five seasons.