The NBA playoffs begin in just over a week. The races are tightening, the seeds are being sorted out, the picture is slowly becoming clear. With that, here’s a look at the current playoff picture, and what to know about each team that’s in, or in the running for a spot.
Some quick notes:
- The Cavaliers now have a 1.5 game lead on the Celtics after Boston’s slip vs. Atlanta Thursday. The Cavs have to go .500 to clinch, even if the Celtics win out.
- Boston’s only up two games on Toronto now. The C’s have an easy schedule so they should be fine for the 2-seed, but they are far from playing their best basketball right now.
- Golden State locked the No. 1 seed and home court throughout the playoffs Wednesday with a win and the Spurs’ loss to the Lakers.