2014-15 NBA Betting Season is Unlike Any Other, Handful of Teams Battle for Postseason Lives in Regular Season Finale

2015 NBA Season: Teams Battling for Postseason

Written by on April 15, 2015

If you’re an NBA betting enthusiast that is looking forward to the slate of season-ending games tonight, then you should know that you’re in for a big-time treat in a season that has been unlike any other in recent memory. Take note NBA bettors… a whopping half-dozen games this evening will all have postseason implications, with a quartet of teams fighting for their postseason lives in New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and Indiana.

2014-15 NBA Betting Season is Unlike Any Other, Handful of Teams Battle for Postseason Lives in Regular Season Finale

 
 

Here’s what’s on tap for the last day of the 2014-15 regular season

Seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups are still undecided, with just the Eastern Conference pairing between No. 2 Cleveland squaring off against streaking No. 7 Boston set in stone. In the Eastern Conference, Atlanta (1), Cleveland (2), Washington (5), Milwaukee (6) and Boston (7) already have their respective playoff seeds set. In the Western Conference, Golden State (1), Portland and Dallas (7) are all locked in with their respective playoff seeds. The Blazers will be without home-court in the first round no matter who they match up against.

Eastern Conference Playoffs

Top-seeded Atlanta will play either Indiana or Brooklyn in the first round. If the Pacers beat Memphis tonight, they’ll earn the eighth and final seed. If the Pacers lose and Brooklyn wins, the Nets get the final spot in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland gets Boston. That’s done. If Chicago beats Atlanta tonight, the Bulls would be the No. 3 seed in the conference. If Chicago loses and Toronto takes out mediocre Charlotte, they will be the No. 4 seed.

Western Conference Playoffs

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs will take to the court tonight as the No. 3 in the Western Conference but they could either end up in second – or sixth. The good news for Spurs fans is that San Antonio’s playoff plight is quite simple. If they beat desperate New Orleans, they’ll be the No. 2 seed. And speaking of desperate, no team may be more desperate than the Oklahoma City Thunder. The only way Oklahoma City can make it into the postseason is if the Spurs beat New Orleans and the Thunder win on the road at Minnesota. Still, OKC superstar point guard Russell Westbrook said he won’t be rooting for any team other than his own. “I ain’t got to root for nobody,” Westbrook said. “Ain’t no Spurs fan.”

Final Notes

MVP candidate James Harden and the Houston Rockets could also get the No. 2 seed – if they take out Utah and San Antonio loses. In another pair of scenarios, Houston could also finish fifth or sixth. Even though the Los Angeles Clippers have finished their regular season with a 56-26 record that currently puts them in the No. 2 spot out West, the Clips could be bumped down a seed and need both, the Spurs and Rockets to lose in order to hold on to their second seed. The Memphis Grizzlies will be either the fifth or sixth seed while the New Orleans Pelicans simply need to beat San Antonio in order to get the eighth and final spot out West. If the Pelicans win or Oklahoma City loses to Minnesota, New Orleans is in and Oklahoma City will be left on the outside looking in. So, there you have it…tonight’s wild and wacky NBA playoff scenarios that will all play out on the final night of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.