NBA – The basketball world comes to a standstill with the most exciting definition. The Play-Ins will begin with one-game duels in the new format. The winners will go directly to the Playoffs. While the losers will have an extra life.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Now that the regular season is over, the most exciting part is coming: the start of the NBA Playoffs. Although, in the first instance, the playoffs will have to be finalized. Between tonight and next night, eight teams will go in search of the four remaining spots.
In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets (7th) will host the Cleveland Cavaliers (8th) at the Barclay Center. The winner of this game qualifies directly to the Playoffs and will face the Boston Celtics.
Locked in on the task at hand ? pic.twitter.com/oe1H6QY8Po
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 12, 2022
While the loser will have another life and will play one more game against the winner of the match between Atlanta Hawks (9th) and Charlotte Hornets (10th). Whoever wins that extra duel will have to face Miami Heats, first ranked in the East.
Play-In starts red-hot
The duel between Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers will be at 4:30 a.m. this morning. And it will deliver an incredible game.
The team of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will face Garlant and Allen. Two teams that knew how to be on top in the NBA regular season. But they fell down in the last stretch.
More work to be done. pic.twitter.com/2niwEmyy4N
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 11, 2022
On the other hand, in the Western Conference, Minnesota Timberwolves (7th) will host Los Angeles Clippers (8th). The winner will advance directly to the NBA Playoffs against Memphis Grizzlies.
The loser will face the winner of the game between New Orleans Pelicans (9th) and San Antonio Spurs (10th). The winner of this extra game will play the NBA Playoffs against Phoenix Suns. Best team in the West and last NBA finalist.
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— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 12, 2022
Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers will meet at 7 am. In what will be another great duel between two teams that know what they are playing for.
The Clippers are missing many players, including Kawhi Leonard. While the Wolves will have Karl-Anthony Towns, one of the best players of this NBA regular season, on the court.
That @Timberwolves culture ?
Minnesota doubled its win total from 23 last year to 46 this year. With a win tonight in the #MetaQuestPlayIn, they can secure the West's #7 seed!
MIN/LAC, 9:30pm/et, TNT pic.twitter.com/dC8QzGayGD
— NBA (@NBA) April 12, 2022
The NBA Playoffs schedule
The Play-In matchups and who they will face if they enter the Playoffs have already been explained. But there are still the most exciting duels between teams that reached the direct qualification.
In the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers (4th) rebounded in the final stretch with the signing of James Harden and his duo with Joel Embiid. And they were able to take the home court advantage against Toronto Raptors (5th) in the key that will start on April 17.
41 PTS | 20 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL
? Embiid has had 41+ points in 3 of his last 4 games! pic.twitter.com/RdftVXyCFA
— NBA (@NBA) April 9, 2022
In the East and on the same day. But in a different bracket. Milwaukee Bucks (3rd) and Chicago Bulls (6th) will open a series that is sure to be incredible.
The last NBA champions against a historic team. Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. DeMar DeRozan. One of the exciting duels expected in the NBA.
Throwback to some of the faces during the last time we met Milwaukee in the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/xH3vzuRxDP
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 12, 2022
The Western Conference will be a carnage
On the other coast of the United States there will be incredible series. They are all teams at a great level that can give something to talk about.
Golden State Warriors (3rd) will face Denver Nuggets (6th), and the home court factor may have a lot to do with it. Nikola Jokic, MVP candidate, will have to prove it against Stephen Curry.
if someone tells you that Steph Curry never shows up in the playoffs, just use this video of him taking over in the clutch?
— Klayphe (@klayphe) April 12, 2022
Meanwhile, Dallas Mavericks (4th) will have their first test against Utah Jazz (5th). In a duel that already looks like a derby in the NBA.
Luka Doncic, perhaps the best in the NBA, will have to assert himself against Rudy Gobert’s armada.
The Western Conference Player of the Week for the final week of the NBA season… @luka7doncic ?
— NBA (@NBA) April 11, 2022
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