2017 18 NBA Predictions: Division Winners & Playoff Teams
Who will be the NBA playoff teams this season?
Hoops harken for all of its fans, making it time for the 2017 18 NBA predictions.
Please note that this is not the “2018 NBA Finals prediction” piece. If it were, we could stop right here since everyone knows the answer. This article answers the question of who makes the 2018 NBA playoffs. Does it necessarily matter, well, not really. This, of course, is because everybody already knows who’s getting to the Finals.
Eight teams in each conference get to the postseason. Sometimes, there is a wide berth between first and eighth. As the case may be, the gap also exists between first and second some years. This year, that may not be the case, but the rich get richer in the Western and Eastern Conferences.
In fact, the West is devouring much of the star talent in the NBA in general. A few East teams, like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, remain as fierce competitors in their conference. What we have now is a hyper-competitive Western Conference with one still very much the favorite.
Who will challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West and the Cavs out East? Are both destined to top their conferences once again as it appears now?
Over the course of the season, we will update the NBA playoff picture with all the updates.
2017 18 NBA Predictions: Atlantic Division, Playoff Qualifiers
Boston Celtics (division winner; 1st) The addition of Gordon Hayward makes it likely the Celtics get a high seed again. It’s between the C’s and Cavs for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto Raptors (4th): This Toronto team looks about the same as the one that made the postseason last year. Their seeding may waffle, and they’re not as good as Boston, but they can get into the playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers (8th): Philly is nearing the end of its rebuild, and the playoffs are a possibility. The improvement last year was rapid and notable. Any more like that and they will get into the field.
2017 18 NBA Predictions: Atlantic Division, Non-Playoffs
New York Knicks: The Knicks are a mess. Phil Jackson clearly did not work out, but the road to recovery is a winding, bumpy one. The time has come for the new basketball operations management to blow it up.
Brooklyn Nets: There’s little reason to think it’s going to get significantly better for the Nets. They were a trainwreck last season and any improvement will be marginal.