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The 2012 NBA Playoffs Finals may be the most exciting match-up we have seen in years. The affair should be high flying, high scoring, and highly rated with TV viewership expected to eclipse previous years. For the NBA and their fans, what is not to love about this match up?

2012 NBA Playoff Schedule:

Regular Season Ends April 26
2012 NBA Playoff Schedule Set April 27
2012 NBA Playoffs Start April 28
Conference Semifinals Start (possible move up to May 12 or 13) May 14-15
Conference Finals Start (possible move up to May 26 or 27) May 28-29
2012 NBA Finals Start (possible move up to June 10) June 12
Last Possible Date for NBA Finals June 26

2012 NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder

You get the “Bold and the Beautiful” with all the hype that is Lebron James and all of the soap opera drama that exudes from the Miami “Big Three”.

The OKC thunder plan to add to that drama with their “Young and the Restless” act. It might be safe to say that the OKC starting 5 may have less career appearances than the Miami Heat’s bench. In terms of playoff appearances, well, you get the point. Despite their aggregate playing age, these OKC kids can flat out play and are listed as slight favorites to win the 2012 NBA Title.

So, there you have it. In a season that started with a lot drama; the lock-out, Chris Paul and the LA insider trading scandal, and the Lamar Odom/Chris Humphries reality star flame-outs, you end up with what should be a closing chapter worthy of its starting content.

The 2012 NBA Playoffs Finals Match up! You get MVP Lebron James and the Miami Heat vs League scoring champion Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder. The Thunder will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals in a 2-3-2 home and away series format.

Road To The 2012 NBA Finals:

Miami Heat:

Round 1 win vs The New York Knicks in a TV hyped but not all that challenging series for Miami.

Round 2 vs The Indiana Pacers was a difficult series for the Heat. The Pacers were able to push Miami in what was a competitive series for the Heat. Miami overcame a home loss to eliminate the Pacers in 6.

Round 3 vs The Boston Celtics was close to the end of the road for the Heat dropping to a 3 games to 2 deficit and losing home court advantage before roaring back to claim the division crown with a game 7 home victory.

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Round 1 win vs The Dallas Mavericks with a sweep of the reigning champs. Despite the 4 to 0 accomplishment, the series was filled with close games. The Thunder were able to close well down the stretch.

Round 2 vs The Los Angeles Lakers this was an interesting series for OKC in that they trailed late in nearly every game. The Lakers were able to provide OKC with a sound learning playoff experience for the Young Thunder team. OKC overcame several 4th quarter Lakers leads to eliminate Los Angeles in 5 games. Being able to Win games late helps win NBA Championships.

Round 3 vs The San Antonio Spurs was close to the end of the road for the Thunder. They dropped to a 2 games to 0 deficit before rolling off 4 consecutive wins to eliminate the Spurs in 6 games for the Conference Championship. Throughout the history of the NBA nly 8% of NBA playoff teams have ever come back to win a series after trailing 2-0 against a team with home-court advantage. Another great series win for the Thunder laden with late game heroics from their stars and their bench as well.

Series Outlook:

Whenever you get so much talent on a Basketball court, things get interesting. At times it becomes a question of which teams stars can become better role players. With two “Big Three’s” on the floor, there is simply not enough ball for everyone involved. Can the “Other 2” stars of both teams’ “Big Three” handle that role playing position? Can the “Other 2” stay hot shooting without too many consecutive looks? Can the “Other 2” finish games when called upon? The answer to these questions will be crucial to deciding this series.

Then of course you have Lebron vs Kevin Durant. This will appear at times like a game of one on one between the two NBA stars that stay busy on both ends of the court. A case for who would win this match up could be effectively argued from either side.

That leaves us with the X-Factor…The bench! The team that wins this series will more than likely be the team with the best support off the bench. As much as we don’t know the supporting cast from these high flying squads, their direct input will more than likely be the reason either team hoists the Championship trophy in these 2012 NBA Playoffs.

The Little Things That Kill:

  1. Home Court Advantage goes to OKC.

  2. Free-Throw Shooting advantage goes to OKC.

  3. Late Game Effectivity advantage goes to OKC.

  4. Current Betting Line advantage goes to OKC.

  5. Something To Prove advantage goes to Miami.

All things considered, it looks like the Thunder should have the slight edge on the Heat to win the 2012 NBA Playoffs Finals. The series tips-off on June 12th. No matter what happens, and no matter who has the edge in this series, this should be an entertaining and fun NBA Finals for fans to watch.


The Oklahoma City Thunder handled business at home to even out the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals at 2 games apiece. How they managed to do so is even more impressive. The Thunder’s 2 victories at home have been a direct result of "the other guys" on the team.

Without any doubt everyone knows that Kevin Durant is going to score points...a lot of them.  The idea is not to stop him (because that cannot be done), rather slow him and his Westbrook-Harden sidekicks down.  To beat the Thunder, you simply need to make the other 2 guys on the court at any given time for the Thunder beat you.  The cold hard fact for the Spurs in game 3 and 4 is that "the other guys" did beat them.  On a quick note, nobody is looking to take credit away from an impressive 18 point game 4, 4th quarter Durant explosion that carried OKC to the finish line holding home court for the Thunder.  Back to "the other guys", OKC in two consecutive games has received two miraculous performances from the unlikeliest of sources.  Game 3 saw the emergence of Swiss National Thabo Sefolosha as he torched the Spurs for 19 unexpected points (amongst all game 3 participants, only teammate Durant’s 21 points topped Sefelosha).  His 2012 NBA playoffs scoring average was closing on 5 points per game prior to this eruption.  Known for his defensive prowess, the hard working and lightly acknowledged Swiss quietly had 6 steals and a Tony Parker Lock down performance to add a cherry on top of his 19 point anomaly.  When was the last time Sefelosha scored 19 in the NBA?  Never!

Game 4 would not play out much different.  Durant surely did his thing, but the unlikely hero of this game was the Thunder "Big Three".  No, not that "Big Three" (Durant, Harden, Westbrook), we are talking about the actual "Big Three".  The OKC frontcourt combo of Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, and Nick Collison were 15-for-17 tallying 33 points in the first half alone.  The Thunder biggs closed the game 4 affair with a 22-for-25 shooting spree for the game.  Serge Ibaka stood out with a near NBA Playoffs record moment putting up an 11 for 11 shooting performance.  That matched the Celtics Scott Wedman’s 11 for 11 shooting performance versus the Lakers in 1985, and Serge Ibaka’s game 4 marksmanship fell just 1 shot short of tying Larry McNiell’s 12 for 12 shooting masterpiece for the 1975 Kings versus the Bulls.

In as many as two OKC home games the NBA Playoffs has seen the emergence of two different OKC heroes.  With the series moving back to San Antonio this coming week, the Thunder will need to get continued support from "the other guys" to make it to their first NBA Finals appearance.

Across the country, Boston has held home court so far with emphasis.  As previously mentioned, the Heat are suspect on the road and showed lackluster performance in their first game in Boston.  Game 4 will be pivotal in this series.  Win or lose this game should set the tone for the Heat the rest of the series.  Of course for the Celtics it is a do or die game.  But, in the NBA Playoffs, every game is a do or die game for a home team.  If the Celtics continue playing like they have the last two games, they could be looking at closing a nice franchise chapter with their current and aging stars making a 2012 NBA Title run.

The Miami Heat have super talent, but it always comes back to continuity with the Florida team.  It is hard to see the Heat function as a group because it does not happen so cohesively.  You get great moments from great players and of course they are competitive and can win any day they step on the court.  Despite being talented, the Heat just often look like a team with multiple talented personalities.  That in itself seems to give this team a lack of true definition which is needed at the most crucial times in tough games.  At the end on 90% of basketball games with great teams and great players it is a foregone conclusion as to what transpires.  Isolate the star and get the shot, star has option to shoot or pass to wide open look from a great shooting team mate.  Look at the Lakers, no doubt Kobe shot them right out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  But that is what needs to happen down the stretch.  When the chips are down you go with your best player.  Then you have the Heat, when a game is on the line with no time on the clock, it is hard to really know who gets that ball.  At times it looks like the 5 guys on the floor do not even know who gets that ball.  That being said, and all things considered Lebron James needs to end this identity crisis and make the Miami Heat his team or they could be looking at another long, scrutinized, and criticized offseason.

The Heat and Celtics go back to battle to finish another action packed weekend of 2012 NBA Finals hoops.  Both Conference Finals series head back to the favorite’s home court and the 2012 NBA Playoffs Finals will be determined by week’s end.

Update: Friday June 1st

So far all 2012 NBA Playoffs teams have taken care of business where it matters most…HOME!  Both the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat took care of business at home in the first stint of the Conference Finals.  San Antonio looked dominant after a slow start in game 1 with an easy game 2 victory.  The Heat needed every minute of overtime to take care of business versus the Celtics in game 2.  This was quite a contrast from game 1 in which the Celtics never really created problems or pushed the Miami side.  The Western Conference Finals moved to Oklahoma with the Thunder licking their 2 game deficit wounds.  The OKC team was able to stop the Spurs in their tracks for a game 3 and crucial win. 

The OKC Thunder does have a BIG Three of their own.  The Durant, Harden, and Westbrook threesome has become a household name over the last two seasons.  However, this game 3 victory can be credited to the OKC bench with special recognition going to Thabo Sefolosha. 

Ok, let me answer the obvious next question.  Thabo Sefolosha is an unheralded hard working defensive specialist.  Outside of Oklahoma City and NBA league insiders, pretty much nobody has ever heard of or appreciated Sefolosha for his contribution to the sport.  The 6 foot 7 guard and Swiss National is currently playing his 6th NBA season.  Traded from Chicago in 2009 for a draft pick, Thabo is considered an important piece to the Thunder squad and one of the unnoticed contributions to Oklahoma’s 2012 NBA Playoffs run.  On Thursday Thabo Sefelosha took center stage.  Capping off a career night with 19 points including 3 from behind the arc, he proved to be the one thing that coach Popovich could not find an answer for.  Perhaps even more impressive was Sefolosha’s defensive lock down of MVP caliber point guard Tony Parker. 
In a do or die match up in the 2012 NBA playoffs Western conference finals, game 3 belonged to the Thunder and in particular Mr. Sefolosha.  The OKC victory snapped a San Antonio 20 game win streak, and kept the Thunder in contention for their first finals run.

Game three of the 2012 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals heads to Boston with a Friday night affair and must win position for the Celtics.  Kevin Garnett continues to impress with great and unexpected offensive production, and Rajon Rondo was an absolute monster in game 2.  The missing pieces for the Celtics have been Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.  These two journeymen will need to provide the extra boost in game 3 to get Boston back on track in this series.  Pierce has struggled with foul trouble so far in this series, and this has hurt the Celtics in the clutch.

The Oklahoma City Thunder handled business at home to even out the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals at 2 games apiece.  How they managed to do so is even more impressive.  The Thunder’s 2 victories at home have been a direct result of "the other guys" on the team. 

Without any doubt everyone knows that Kevin Durant is going to score points...a lot of them.  The idea is not to stop him (because that cannot be done), rather slow him and his Westbrook-Harden sidekicks down.  To beat the Thunder, you simply need to make the other 2 guys on the court at any given time for the Thunder beat you.  The cold hard fact for the Spurs in game 3 and 4 is that "the other guys" did beat them.  On a quick note, nobody is looking to take credit away from an impressive 18 point game 4, 4th quarter Durant explosion that carried OKC to the finish line holding home court for the Thunder.  Back to "the other guys", OKC in two consecutive games has received two miraculous performances from the unlikeliest of sources.  Game 3 saw the emergence of Swiss National Thabo Sefolosha as he torched the Spurs for 19 unexpected points (amongst all game 3 participants, only teammate Durant’s 21 points topped Sefelosha).  His 2012 NBA playoffs scoring average was closing on 5 points per game prior to this eruption.  Known for his defensive prowess, the hard working and lightly acknowledged Swiss quietly had 6 steals and a Tony Parker Lock down performance to add a cherry on top of his 19 point anomaly.  When was the last time Sefelosha scored 19 in the NBA?  Never!

Game 4 would not play out much different.  Durant surely did his thing, but the unlikely hero of this game was the Thunder "Big Three".  No, not that "Big Three" (Durant, Harden, Westbrook), we are talking about the actual "Big Three".  The OKC frontcourt combo of Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, and Nick Collison were 15-for-17 tallying 33 points in the first half alone.  The Thunder biggs closed the game 4 affair with a 22-for-25 shooting spree for the game.  Serge Ibaka stood out with a near NBA Playoffs record moment putting up an 11 for 11 shooting performance.  That matched the Celtics Scott Wedman’s 11 for 11 shooting performance versus the Lakers in 1985, and Serge Ibaka’s game 4 marksmanship fell just 1 shot short of tying Larry McNiell’s 12 for 12 shooting masterpiece for the 1975 Kings versus the Bulls.

In as many as two OKC home games the NBA Playoffs has seen the emergence of two different OKC heroes.  With the series moving back to San Antonio this coming week, the Thunder will need to get continued support from "the other guys" to make it to their first NBA Finals appearance.

Across the country, Boston has held home court so far with emphasis.  As previously mentioned, the Heat are suspect on the road and showed lackluster performance in their first game in Boston.  Game 4 will be pivotal in this series.  Win or lose this game should set the tone for the Heat the rest of the series.  Of course for the Celtics it is a do or die game.  But, in the NBA Playoffs, every game is a do or die game for a home team.  If the Celtics continue playing like they have the last two games, they could be looking at closing a nice franchise chapter with their current and aging stars making a 2012 NBA Title run.

The Miami Heat have super talent, but it always comes back to continuity with the Florida team.  It is hard to see the Heat function as a group because it does not happen so cohesively.  You get great moments from great players and of course they are competitive and can win any day they step on the court.  Despite being talented, the Heat just often look like a team with multiple talented personalities.  That in itself seems to give this team a lack of true definition which is needed at the most crucial times in tough games.  At the end on 90% of basketball games with great teams and great players it is a foregone conclusion as to what transpires.  Isolate the star and get the shot, star has option to shoot or pass to wide open look from a great shooting team mate.  Look at the Lakers, no doubt Kobe shot them right out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  But that is what needs to happen down the stretch.  When the chips are down you go with your best player.  Then you have the Heat, when a game is on the line with no time on the clock, it is hard to really know who gets that ball.  At times it looks like the 5 guys on the floor do not even know who gets that ball.  That being said, and all things considered Lebron James needs to end this identity crisis and make the Miami Heat his team or they could be looking at another long, scrutinized, and criticized offseason.

The Heat and Celtics go back to battle to finish another action packed weekend of 2012 NBA Finals hoops.  Both Conference Finals series head back to the favorite’s home court and the 2012 NBA Playoffs Finals will be determined by weeks end.


Round 3 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs Kicked off Sunday night with a great showcase between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. After making short work of the Los Angeles Clippers in four games, the well rested Spurs did seem to be a tad rusty in game 1 of the Conference Finals. Oklahoma City who sent the Lakers on early vacation just a few days ago played the Spurs very well through most of the game. In a surprising twist to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 4th quarter comeback storyline, it was the Spurs who came through in the clutch in game 1. Oklahoma City had earned 7 of their 8 playoff victories with 4th quarter rallies only to fall victim to the Spurs in the same heart-breaking fashion.

The 2012 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals were finally set with a Boston victory in game 7 versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The turning point of this low scoring affair occurred at the 4 minute mark late with Paul Pierce fouling out and the Celtics holding on to a 4 point lead. From that point on Rajon Rondo took over the game with the best supporting role going to Kevin Garnet with another series Double-Double performance. By the time the buzzer sounded the Celtics were holding a 10 point lead and a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Miami Heat. The Miami heat avoided playoff disaster with a win in Indiana that kept them from having to climb back from a 3 games to 1 series mountain versus the upstart Pacers. From there the Heat cruised to two straight victories closing out the Pacers in Indiana earned their trip to the 2012 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on the power of a huge Road win. The Heat and Celtics will face off Monday to get the Eastern Conference Finals under way.

The Wild West:

Propelled by an 11 point Manu Ginobli 4th quarter and the downright rugged defensive performance of Stephen Jackson, the Spurs locked down the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant and methodically beat the upstart OKC team on effort and execution. When the dust settled the Spurs capped off an improbable 39 point 4th quarter, a NBA Conference Finals Game 1 win, their 19 straight victory, and a 32 and 30 record over the last couple of months…Impressive!

OKC will have to get back to business and the drawing board in game 2 of the NBA Playoffs Conference Finals. They of course will be competitive in any game they play here on out, and will have to find more ways to get the ball to Kevin Durant in the clutch. They had a window of opportunity to grab home court and let it slip away. The good thing about youth is resilience, and this young OKC team is going to need a lot of that to win this series.

The Far East:

The Miami Heat have answered their regular season poor road performance questions with huge wins in both round 1 and round 2 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Heat have risen to the occasion when it matters most and are looking at their second straight NBA title run. An Injured Chris Bosch and a Hot Kevin Garnett makes this series a lot more interesting. But, if the oddsmakers have their say, the Heat will have to mess with Texas again versus red hot San Antonio Spurs side.

The Celtics have battled valiantly in these 2012 NBA Playoffs with round 1 and round 2 series that have been littered with close games. The surprising star for the Celtics in this NBA playoff run has been Kevin Garnett. KG has gone above and beyond the call of duty on the score board to help get the Celtics to the Conference Finals. If the Celtics can get some big time performances from Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, the Celtics do have a shot to move on to the NBA Finals at the expense of the favored heat.


Round 2 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs is all but over. San Antonio continued their playoff dominance making short work of the Los Angeles Clippers in four games. Oklahoma City sent the Lakers on early vacation and an offseason of soul searching for the Purple and Gold. Across the country, the Eastern Conference 2012 NBA Playoff Conference Finals remain to be determined. The two teams will face off on Sunday to start the Western Conference Finals. The Miami heat avoided playoff disaster with a win in Indiana that kept them from having to climb back from a 3 games to 1 series mountain versus the upstart Pacers. From there they took two straight closing out the Pacers in Indiana and earning their ticket to the Conference Finals. The Celtics and 76ers have each taken a game on the road and their series is locked at 3 games each. Game 7 will be played this weekend and will determine who will face the Miami Heat in round 3.

The Wild West:

The top seed in the West San Antonio Spurs continue to impress. San Antonio ran roughshod through the Jazz and just did the same to the new and improved Clippers. San Antonio looks pretty close to unbeatable right now and are the current favorites to win it all. San Antonio will get more rest while they wait for the winner of the LA Lakers vs the Oklahoma City Thunder series to finish. The Spurs have run off 18 consecutive wins and 8 straight in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

Oklahoma City was able to dethrone the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks in four games, and have now put the Los Angeles Lakers on early vacation in round 2 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Thunder’s road to victory has been interesting in that 7 of their 8 playoff games they needed to come back in the last quarter to win. The Thunder have seemed to produce magic at the end of games closing out opponents with solid defense and great effort from their star Kevin Durant. OKC is looking for their first NBA Finals appearance in team history.

The Los Angeles Lakers inability to close games their round 2 series was their undoing and a direct result of the brutal 2012 NBA Playoffs scheduling. They had a chance to steal home court in Oklahoma and blew a 7 point lead with 2 minutes remaining. After winning a close game back at home, the Lakers then blew a 13 point 4th quarter lead to put themselves in a do or die situation for the rest of the way…they died! Not surprisingly, a 4th quarter OKC blow out sent the Lakers packing for the year.

Clippers played some good, as well as some uninspiring ball in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The new and improved Clippers side will need some more time to develop into a Conference contender. The other LA team finally came out to play. They did have a good season and will be back in the mix in 2013 with more experience under their belts.

The Far East:

The Heat dominated in round 1, but were a bit shaky in round 2. The Heat struggled to win on the road all season creating questions about their ability to win on the road in the NBA playoffs. Miami answered that question with 2 huge wins in Indiana that helped them come from behind to win this series. After losing game two at home, the Heat handed the Pacers both home court and affirmation that they can win this series. The Heat rose to the occasion in game 4 and regained home court and put the Pacers back in the underdog role. Two straight Heat wins closed out the series and the Indiana Pacers 2012 NBA season.

The Pacers played solid fundamental basketball and their playoff performance was impressive. Their performance versus the Heat was a lot more competitive than Heat fans had hoped for. There are no real stars on the Indiana team. They just kept throwing in solid players that responded well and worked hard keeping the Miami stars occupied and at times a bit punch drunk. Their deep bench and incessant effort was admirable.

TThe Celtics are in a battle with the 76ers. This series has been littered with close games. The surprising star for the Celtics in this series has been Kevin Garnett. KG has gone above and beyond the call of duty on the score board to help keep the Celtics with home court advantage and a slight edge on the 76ers. Look for this series to go the distance.

The Philadelphia 76ers dispatched of the 2012 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference number 1 seed Chicago Bulls (after Chicago lost star Derrick Rose). The 76ers were supposed to be on vacation by now, but seems that somebody forgot to give them the memo. Much like the Pacers, the 76ers are a working man’s blue collar team. Their biggest star Elton Brand is a solid performer that will never be mentioned in the same breath as say Lebron James or Kobe Bryant. But Brand and his 76ers team mates should get that mention in the hard work category. The party-crashing 76ers will look to push the Celtics as far as possible, and are playing every game with a nothing to lose attitude that just might get them to the Promised Land.

The Wild West:

The top two seeds San Antonio and Oklahoma City both swept past their opponents 4 to 0 in their respective 1st round series. San Antonio ran roughshod through the Jazz dominating at home and on the road alike. Oklahoma City was able to dethrone the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks in four games, but not without late game heroics and some competitive and close games. With that being said, Oklahoma City rose to the occasion to oust the Mavs and guaranteed that there will be a new Champion in this 2012 lock out shortened NBA season.

The Los Angeles dynamic duo Lakers and Clippers have offered above par performances, but not of the awe inspiring type we expect from Hollywood. If this were a Batman and Robin affair, it would be hard to know which team is in the leading role. Of note, the Clippers did manage a dramatic 27 point comeback in game 1, but have been somewhat flat since. Both LA teams needed seven games to reach the conference semi-finals and will face well rested opponents in round 2.

The Lakers will be matched up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That series will tip on Monday and we will see if Los Angeles has the gas and experience to derail what has been an excellent season for the well balanced Thunder squad. Apart from beating a young and talented OKC team, the Lake Show will be working overtime coming off a 7 game series and playing the four games in less than a one week period. Not to mention that OKC has home court advantage and have played magnificently at home all year long.

The Clippers slid into round two with some difficulty and will be rewarded with facing the overall 2012 NBA Finals favorite San Antonio. The Spurs have been amazing closing the 2012 NBA season with style and a 10 game win streak. The Spurs carried that momentum with them into round 1 and dispatched with the Utah Jazz without much of a sweat. The Clippers played some good, as well as some uninspiring ball in round 1 and they will need a monumental effort from duo Chris Paul and talented but unproven Blake Griffin. Even if the new look Clippers piece together a perfect series it still might not be enough to overcome home court advantage and a streaking and well coached Spurs side.

The Far East:

The loss of Chicago’s Super Star Derrick Rose in their game 1 victory vs. the Philadelphia 76ers completely changed the complexion of that series as well as the 2012 NBA Eastern Division Playoffs. A Roseless Chicago team afforded the 76ers the ability to derail the Bull’s hyped up 2012 NBA Playoffs run.

With all of the drama in Chicago, the now Eastern Region favorite Miami Heat made short work of New York ushering out the Knicks and officially ending "Linsanity" (it was a good run) for 2012. The Heat dominated for most of the five playoff games and answered early questions about their ability to win on the road in the NBA playoffs. The Heat will look to build on that trend in round 2.

The Pacers didn’t need to bring the Kryptonite to oust a "Supermanless" Orlando Magic. No real surprise here for anyone. That being said, the Pacers are playing some good fundamental basketball right now and their round 2 series versus the Heat could be a lot more competitive than Heat fans think.

The Pacers and Heat go to battle starting Sunday May 13th and this series could be the biggest challenge for Miami in their quest for a second consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

The Celtics were able to edge out the Hawks in 6 closing out round 1action in the East without a game 7 needed in any series.

Eastern Division Round 2 action got a jump start on their Western Conference counterparts with the Boston Celtics holding up at home late versus the Philadelphia 76ers with a one point victory. The two will meet for what should be another competitive game on Monday. The 76ers are playing with some confidence and should be able to give the Celtics some fits in this round 2 series match up.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: NBA Western Conference Playoffs:
Chicago vs Philly San Antonio vs Utah
Miami vs New York Oklahoma vs Dallas
Indiana vs Orlando LA Lakers vs Denver
Boston vs Atlanta LA Clippers vs Memphis

Chicago ends the regular season with a win and has clinched the NBA Playoffs overall number 1 seed and Home Court advantage holder throughout the playoffs. San Antonio will carry that honor in the West and came within a breath of securing the NBA’s overall number 1 spot with a 10 game win streak to close the regular season.

Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs Round 1:

#1 Chicago Bulls vs. #8 Philadelphia 76ers - The Bulls are the NBA Playoffs number 1 seed in the East. Chicago is again the center of the NBA universe, and a young Derrick Rose will need to carry his team at the critical moments to take his team to the Promised Land. Anything but a title should be considered a fail for the Bulls. The Bulls will see a game Philly side in round one. Chicago should win this series with relative ease, but more likely than not it will not be a sweep. If Philly brings their A game, then look for this series to go six games.

#2 Miami Heat vs. #7 New York Knicks - The Heat will enter the NBA Playoffs as the East’s number 2 seed. The Heat have struggled on the road this year, and will look to try and close New York early. The Heat are also a bit banged up headed in to the playoffs. If the Heat want to win the 2012 championship, they need to simplify it down to the "Big 1’ when it matters and let LeBron finish games. The Knicks have had an interesting ride this season and have become a fan favorite out East. If the Knicks do not bring their A-game right away, look for this series to be over in five.

#3 Indiana Pacers vs. #6 Orlando Magic- The Pacers enter the NBA Playoffs as the East’s surprising 3 seed. They will face a struggling and injured Orlando side minus the services of Dwight Howard. Orlando does have their pride, but all factors point to an early exit for the much maligned Magic. This Pacers team is not spectacular, but they do have a favorable opponent in round one which will help their cause for a solid playoff run. Look for this series to be over in four to five games.

#4 Boston Celtics vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks - The Celtics are in, and the end of a great run and rebuilding for the future looks imminent. These Celtics still have enough game left for one more title run. Health and rest will be their key to success. Atlanta hustled their way up the seeding chart and does have what it takes to find themselves in the second round. This series could go either way, if Boston comes to play, they have the slight edge and home court will be the difference.

Western Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) San Antonio Spurs vs. #8 Utah Jazz - The Spurs could win their second short season title this year. The Spurs won the NBA Championship during the 1999 season that was cut to 50 games due to collective bargaining issues. They have a strong chance to repeat that feat this year. The Spurs have won 10 in a row heading into the playoffs and are playing their best ball at the right time. The Jazz came into the playoffs through the back door and minus any real star power. The Jazz will look to play the David vs Goliath role in round one. On another note, the Spurs have been known to lose playoff series they should not. If the Spurs handle their business, the outlook on this series is five games max.

#2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #7 Dallas Mavericks - The Mavs are the defending champs, and there is some pride in that. Home court will likely be their undoing. The Thunder have been amazing at home this season and despite their youth have the swagger of a veteran team. The Mavs will have their pride and "Dirk", but the Thunder may be a bit too much for Cuban and crew. If Dallas performs well, look for this series to go to the Thunder in six to seven games.

#3 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #6 Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets are perhaps the best series dog in the Playoffs this year. With no real star power in their favor, they climbed their way up the playoff ladder with a great team effort. Of course the state of Colorado has no love lost for Kobe either. The Lakers will be minus Metta World Peace, and will field a team with an awkward overtone. Bynum will do well this year, but he is still not a game changer. This year’s key to the Playoffs for LA will not be Kobe, it will be Gasol. If Pau can find his mojo, the Lakers could make a run at the finals. If the Lakers depend only on Kobe, they may not make it past Denver. Look for this series to be over in six whichever way it goes.

#4 Memphis Grizzlies vs. #5 Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers were loaded up by adding Chris Paul season thanks to the NBA commissioner himself. That gift has created a new NBA Playoffs contender out West. It is now time to see if the Clippers have what it takes to become an elite team in the league. Only a deep playoff run will get them the respect they are looking for. The Grizzlies jumped the Clippers for home court advantage on the final games of the season. The other Gasol in the West leads a team with no real headliners to their roster. Memphis has played well to get to their unlikely position and with a good team effort and home court advantage; they could cause some issues for the young LA team. Look for this series to go to seven games.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups as of April 23rd

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: NBA Western Conference Playoffs:
Chicago vs Philly San Antonio vs Utah
Miami vs New York Oklahoma vs Dallas
Indiana vs Orlando LA Lakers vs Denver
Boston vs Atlanta LA Clippers vs Memphis

As of Monday April 23rd, Chicago is still the NBA Playoffs overall number 1 seed and Home Court advantage holder throughout the playoffs. San Antonio still has an outside chance to challenge the Bulls, creating a situation that will have both teams finishing the season playing all starters regardless of their respective Conference clinches. Both teams have had a successful April, and will look to ride that momentum into the NBA Playoffs.

Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) Chicago Bulls - The Bulls are holding on to the NBA Playoffs number 1 seed in the East and have kept Miami at bay. Their Thursday April 12th victory versus the Heat created a four game difference in the East.  After last week’s play, Chicago has locked down the number one seed in the East.

#2) Miami Heat - The Heat will enter the NBA Playoffs as th East’s number 2 seed.  The Heat have struggled on the road in games that matter, and now have injuries to "2 of the Big 3". Injuries to D-wade and Bosh could affect their playoff run. They will get a final road test with the Boston Celtics on April 24th.

#3) Indiana Pacers - The Pacers have really stepped up their play and will enter the NBA Playoffs as the East’s 3 seed. The Pacers close their 2012 NBA regular season with Chicago on April 24th.

#4) Boston Celtics - The Celtics are chugging along in the middle. There are glimpses of both greatness and age at this point. The Celtics will more than likely close the season at the number 4 spot. A healthy and rested Boston team could get them into the latter rounds of the NBA Playoffs. Boston still needs to keep Atlanta off of their heels for the 4 seed.

#5) Atlanta Hawks - The Hawks currently find themselves at the 5 seed. They close the season with a tough schedule including games versus playoff bound Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. They will control their own destiny as to which seed they end up with. For the Hawks, the best case scenario is they climb to the 4 seed with some help from Miami.

#6) Orlando Magic - The Magic need some magic at this point. With just three wins in their last seven games, Orlando will be the East’s number 6 seed.  The loss of "Superman" Dwight Howard gives them little hope of doing any real damage in the NBA Playoffs.

#7) New York Knicks- The Knicks are perhaps the most interesting team in the NBA. They play with a Jekyll and Hyde personality. It is hard to know which team shows up on any given day. They will be the East’s 7 seed.  Regardless of who they play, Playoffs Linsanity will be good for NBA Playoffs TV ratings and New York ticket sales.

#8) Philadelphia 76ers - The 76ers are in a race with the Milwaukee Bucks 8th and final seed in the East. Poor play could allow Milwaukee to sneak in last minute.

Western Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) San Antonio Spurs - The Spurs are looking at clinching the West’s number 1 seed. The Spurs have been outstanding down the stretch. The Spurs can still grab the NBA overall number 1 seed with some help from Chicago’s opponents.  In the West San Antonio will still need to outlast OKC down the stretch as well. The most likely scenario sees them as the West’s number 1 seed.

#2) Oklahoma City Thunder - The Thunder have lost the position to the Spurs again and will have to climb back on top with stellar play. OKC can still get to the 1 seed if they perform down the stretch.  A weak schedule to close the season should see them compete for the 1 spot.

#3) Los Angeles Lakers - The Lakers are back to full strength with Kobe coming back from a leg injury.  That has not helped much with the Lakers dropping big games to San Antonio and OKC over the last week.  The Lakers are still holding off their LA counterpart Clippers for the 3 seed. The battle for Los Angeles supremacy will also decide the 3 and 4 seeds in the West.

#4) Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers were loaded up by adding Chris Paul season thanks to the NBA commissioner himself. That gift has created a new NBA Playoffs contender out West. There are glimpses of Championship greatness from the once considered "other LA team", but they need to add some consistency to their performance. The Clippers will close out the season on a long road trip to the East Coast. The Clippers will challenge for the 3rd seed in the West, but will most likely enter the playoffs at the 4 seed.

#5) Memphis Grizzlies - The Grizzly’s are sitting in the 5 seed and have played well to get there.  An easy schedule to close their regular season will keep them at the 5 spot. They should enter the NBA Playoffs with some momentum on their side, but a tough first round opponent in either the Clippers or the Lakers.

#6) Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets are currently holding the 6th seed position. They face OKC and Orlando to close the season and those games will decide if they end up at the 6th or 7th seed.  Lackluster performance will give Dallas a chance to regain the 6 seed in the West.

#7) Dallas Mavericks - The Mavs are still hanging in, but have been underperforming for most of the season. This last week saw another drop in playoff position to the 7 seed.  They will need to rediscover themselves as a team to have any shot to repeat as the NBA Playoffs Champion.

#8) Utah Jazz - The Jazz will battle it out with Phoenix to make the playoffs as the West’s 8th and final seed.  To earn their playoff berth, the Jazz will have to face Phoenix head to head on the 24th.  That game will determine who gets the pleasure of facing a red hot San Antonio in the first round.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups as of April 19th

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: NBA Western Conference Playoffs:
Chicago vs Philly San Antonio vs Utah
Miami vs New York Oklahoma vs Denver
Indiana vs Orlando LA Lakers vs Dallas
Boston vs Atlanta LA Clippers vs Memphis

There are only eleven more days of NBA regular season play left on the schedule. As the 2012 season comes to a close, seven teams have already secured an NBA playoff berth. Perennial NBA Playoffs participants Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, San Antonio, Indiana, and Chicago are in.  San Antonio has once again lassoed the West and is pushing for the NBA’s overall best record and coveted home court advantage.  As expected it has been an all out war to fill out the bottom side of the 2012 NBA Playoffs brackets, and that trend will continue until the final day of the season.

As of Monday April 16th, Chicago is still the NBA Playoffs overall number one and Home Court advantage holder throughout the playoffs. San Antonio is still within reach of the Bulls, creating a situation that will have both teams finishing the season playing all starters regardless of their respective Conference clinches. Both teams have had a successful April, and will look to ride that momentum into the NBA Playoffs.

Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) Chicago Bulls - The Bulls are holding on to the NBA Playoffs number 1 seed in the East and have kept Miami at bay. Their Thursday April 12th victory versus the Heat created a four game difference in the East. The two teams will meet again on April 19th. At this point for the Bulls, only a major collapse could affect their number 1 seed.

#2) Miami Heat - The Heat will be looking to solidify the NBA Playoffs number 2 seed and keep the Indiana Pacers off their backs. The Heat have struggled on the road in games that matter. They will get a final road test with the Boston Celtics on April 24th. All things considered, the Heat should be a lock for the 2 seed.

#3) Indiana Pacers - The Pacers have really stepped up their play and now find themselves as the 3 seed. They can challenge for the 2 spot, but will need some help from a Miami Heat let down to get there. The Pacers close the season with Chicago on April 24th.

#4) Boston Celtics - The Celtics are chugging along in the middle. There are glimpses of both greatness and age at this point. The Celtics will more than likely close the season at the number 4 spot. A healthy and rested Boston team could get them into the latter rounds of the NBA Playoffs. Boston will need to play well down the stretch to keep Atlanta and Orlando off of their heels for the 4 seed.

#5) Atlanta Hawks - The Hawks currently find themselves at the 5 seed. They close the season with a tough schedule including games versus playoff bound Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. They will control their own destiny as to which seed they end up with. For the Hawks, the best case scenario is they climb to the 4 seed and worst case should be the 7th spot.

#6) Orlando Magic - The Magic need some magic at this point. With just three wins in their last seven games and an injured Howard, the Magic will simply need to hold on to their NBA playoffs hopes. If they play well enough to hold on to their current 6 seed position, they will need to rediscover themselves as a team to do any damage in the Playoffs.

#7) New York Knicks- The Knicks are perhaps the most interesting team in the NBA. They play with a Jekyll and Hyde personality. It is hard to know which team shows up on any given day. They will battle it out for the 6th through 8th seed down the stretch. Regardless of what seeding they achieve, Linsanity will be good for NBA Playoffs TV ratings.

#8) Philadelphia 76ers - The 76ers are in a dead heat with the Knicks for the 7th or 8th and final seed in the East. Poor play could allow Milwaukee to sneak in last minute. A solid performance and an Orlando downward spiral may be enough to garner the 6th spot.

Western Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) San Antonio Spurs - The Spurs will be looking to make a final run at the NBA’s overall number 1 seed. The Spurs have been outstanding down the stretch with their latest streak at 5 wins including a trip to Los Angeles.  They host the Lakers Thursday night which could be a deciding factor between getting the number 1 or 2 seed in the West and the NBA Final’s Pole Position throughout the Playoffs.

#2) Oklahoma City Thunder - The Thunder have lost the position to the Spurs again and will have to climb back on top with stellar play. OKC can still get to the 1 seed if they perform down the stretch.  A weak schedule to close the season should see them compete for the 1 spot.

#3) Los Angeles Lakers - The Lakers lost Kobe to injury over the past few games, and have actually played better as a team over the past few games. They are still holding off their LA counterpart Clippers for the 3 seed. The battle of Los Angeles will more than likely decide the 3 and 4 spots. A very tough closing schedule including two games versus the Spurs gives the Lakers a strong possibility of slipping to the 4th spot.

#4) Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers were loaded up by adding Chris Paul season thanks to the NBA commissioner himself. That gift has created a new NBA Playoffs contender out West. There are glimpses of Championship greatness from the once considered “other LA team”, but they need to add some consistency to their performance. The Clippers will close out the season with 4 of 5 games on the road, with the last two on the East Coast. The Clippers should challenge for the 3rd seed, but need to do well on the road to get the job done.

#5) Memphis Grizzlies - The Grizzly’s are sitting in the 5 seed and have closed the last month of the season well. They are 8-2 in their last 10, and have an easy schedule closing the season. They should enter the NBA Playoffs with some momentum on their side. With some help from either of the Los Angeles teams, they could find themselves an accidental 4 seed, but more than likely they will stay right where they are.

#6) Dallas Mavericks - The Mavericks are to the West what Orlando is to the East. The Mavs are still hanging in, but have been underperforming for most of the season. Dallas is still within reach of the 5 seed if they play well enough and get some help from a Memphis meltdown. Their current 6 seed position is indicative of their play. Just as with Orlando, they will need to rediscover themselves as a team to have a shot to repeat as the NBA Playoffs Champion.

#7) Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets are currently holding the 7th seed position. Denver will play Houston on Monday, and their success versus the Rockets, OKC, and Orlando to close the season will decide where they end up. Lackluster performance will put them in a battle with Phoenix and Utah to earn the 8th and final seed in the West.
#8) Utah Jazz - The Jazz will battle it out to make the playoffs down the stretch. They are currently seeded number 8 but have their work cut out for them to maintain that position.  The Jazz were able to steal the 8th spot from Houston in a matter of three games on the strength of  two wins in a row, and Houston’s tough closing schedule.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups as of April 16th

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: NBA Western Conference Playoffs:
Chicago vs New York Oklahoma vs Houston
Miami vs Philly San Antonio vs Denver
Indiana vs Orlando LA Lakers vs Dallas
Boston vs Atlanta LA Clippers vs Memphis

There are only eleven more days of NBA regular season play left on the schedule. As the 2012 season comes to a close, seven teams have already secured an NBA playoff berth. Perennial NBA Playoffs participants Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, San Antonio, Indiana, and Chicago are in. Upstart Oklahoma City has crashed the NBA Playoffs party in a big way currently holding on to the number 1 seed in the west. In a lock out shortened season that has seen a lot more parity than usual, these final eleven days of play will be an all out war to fill out the bottom side of the 2012 NBA Playoffs brackets.

As of Monday April 16th, Chicago is still the NBA Playoffs overall number one and Home Court advantage holder throughout the playoffs. Oklahoma City is still within reach of the Bulls, creating a situation that will have both teams finishing the season playing all starters regardless of their respective Conference clinches. Both teams have had a successful April, and will look to ride that momentum into the NBA Playoffs.

Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) Chicago Bulls - The Bulls are holding on to the NBA Playoffs number 1 seed in the East and have kept Miami at bay. Their Thursday April 12th victory versus the Heat created a four game difference in the East. The two teams will meet again on April 19th. At this point for the Bulls, only a major collapse could affect their number 1 seed.

#2) Miami Heat - The Heat will be looking to solidify the NBA Playoffs number 2 seed and keep the Indiana Pacers off their backs. The Heat have struggled on the road in games that matter. They will get a final road test with the Boston Celtics on April 24th. All things considered, the Heat should be a lock for the 2 seed.

#3) Indiana Pacers - The Pacers have really stepped up their play and now find themselves as the 3 seed. They can challenge for the 2 spot, but will need some help from a Miami Heat let down to get there. The Pacers close the season with Chicago on April 24th.

#4) Boston Celtics - The Celtics are chugging along in the middle. There are glimpses of both greatness and age at this point. The Celtics will more than likely close the season at the number 4 spot. A healthy and rested Boston team could get them into the latter rounds of the NBA Playoffs. Boston will need to play well down the stretch to keep Atlanta and Orlando off of their heels for the 4 seed.

#5) Atlanta Hawks - The Hawks currently find themselves at the 5 seed. They close the season with a tough schedule including games versus playoff bound Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. They will control their own destiny as to which seed they end up with. For the Hawks, the best case scenario is they climb to the 4 seed and worst case should be the 7th spot.

#6) Orlando Magic - The Magic need some magic at this point. With just three wins in their last seven games and an injured Howard, the Magic will simply need to hold on to their NBA playoffs hopes. If they play well enough to hold on to their current 6 seed position, they will need to rediscover themselves as a team to do any damage in the Playoffs.

#7) Philadelphia 76ers - The 76ers are in a dead heat with the Knicks for the 7th or 8th and final seed in the East. Poor play could allow Milwaukee to sneak in last minute. A solid performance and an Orlando downward spiral may be enough to garner the 6th spot.

#8) New York Knicks- The Knicks are perhaps the most interesting team in the NBA. They play with a Jekyll and Hyde personality. It is hard to know which team shows up on any given day. They will battle it out for the 6th through 8th seed down the stretch. Regardless of what seeding they achieve, Linsanity will be good for NBA Playoffs TV ratings.

Western Conference NBA Playoffs Seeding:

#1) Oklahoma City Thunder - The Thunder are simply taking the NBA Playoffs number 1 seed in the West. They had lost the position to the Spurs for just a moment, and have climbed back on top with stellar play. OKC can still fall to the 2 seed if they fall apart down the stretch, but a weak schedule to close the season should see them own the 1 spot.

#2) San Antonio Spurs - The Spurs will be looking to make a final run at the West’s number 1 seed. The Spurs have been outstanding down the stretch. Unfortunately for the Spurs, a weak OKC schedule will make it a difficult task to get to the number 1 spot. The most likely scenario sees them having to settle for the number 2 seed.

#3) Los Angeles Lakers - The Lakers lost Kobe to injury over the past few games, and have actually played better as a team over the past few games. They are still holding off their LA counterpart Clippers for the 3 seed. The battle of Los Angeles will more than likely decide the 3 and 4 spots. A very tough closing schedule including two games versus the Spurs gives the Lakers a strong possibility of slipping to the 4th spot.

#4) Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers were loaded up by adding Chris Paul season thanks to the NBA commissioner himself. That gift has created a new NBA Playoffs contender out West. There are glimpses of Championship greatness from the once considered "other LA team", but they need to add some consistency to their performance. The Clippers will close out the season with 4 of 5 games on the road, with the last two on the East Coast. The Clippers should challenge for the 3rd seed, but need to do well on the road to get the job done.

#5) Memphis Grizzlies - The Grizzly’s are sitting in the 5 seed and have closed the last month of the season well. They are 8-2 in their last 10, and have an easy schedule closing the season. They should enter the NBA Playoffs with some momentum on their side. With some help from either of the Los Angeles teams, they could find themselves an accidental 4 seed, but more than likely they will stay right where they are.

#6) Dallas Mavericks - The Mavericks are to the West what Orlando is to the East. The Mavs are still hanging in, but have been underperforming for most of the season. Dallas is still within reach of the 5 seed if they play well enough and get some help from a Memphis meltdown. Their current 6 seed position is indicative of their play. Just as with Orlando, they will need to rediscover themselves as a team to have a shot to repeat as the NBA Playoffs Champion.

#7) Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets are currently holding the 7th seed position. Denver will play Houston on Monday, and their success versus the Rockets, OKC, and Orlando to close the season will decide where they end up. Lackluster performance will put them in a battle with Phoenix and Utah to earn the 8th and final seed in the West.

#8) Houston Rockets - The Rockets will battle it out to make the playoffs down the stretch. They are currently seeded number 8 but have their work cut out for them. To earn their playoff berth, the Rockets will have to battle it out with current 7 seed Denver two times, current 6 seed Dallas once, and they also have a date with Miami before the regular season ends. This tough stretch could open the door for one of the playoff bubble teams.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups as of April 9th

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: NBA Western Conference Playoffs:
Chicago vs New York Oklahoma vs Houston
Miami vs Philly San Antonio vs Denver
Orlando vs Atlanta LA Lakers vs Memphis
Boston vs Indiana LA Clippers vs Dallas

This past week has seen San Antonio once again proving to be an NBA Title contender. Despite their age, the Spurs are performing in impressive fashion down the regular season stretch with a perfect record over their last 10 games. San Antonio still trails Chicago for home court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs, but their momentum closing the regular season may get them into the driver’s seat position. Their current streak has vaulted them in front of Oklahoma City for Western Conference leader. OKC battled to win 6 of their last 10 games and clinched the Western Conference North West Division this past week. Oklahoma also has a shot at home court throughout the playoffs, but they will need finish strong down the stretch and get some help along the way. Chicago is still holding on to the pole position coming off of a 6 of 10 record over their last 10 games. The Bulls have played well and protected home court advantage for the last three weeks. This week saw Miami clinch an NBA playoffs spot winning 6 of their last 10 games. Their recent performance has kept them on Chicago’s heels in both the Eastern Conference and playoff home court advantage race.

Eastern Conference playoff positions were shaken up a bit by Indiana’s great performance and repositioning to the number 3 playoff seed from their previously occupied 5th position. Orlando, suffering from a poor 4 and 6 performance over their last 10 games has dropped from 3rd position to all the way to the 6th seed. Atlanta was able to slip into the 5th spot with a strong 7 and 3 performance over their last 10, while Philly and New York swapped their previous week’s potential playoff positions. Chicago, Miami, and Boston all maintained their prospective Playoff positions from the previous week. Milwaukee is still on the wrong side of the fence after last week’s play, but they are closing ground on the 8th seed with a solid 7 and 3 performance over their last 10 games.

The Western Conference playoff race had a new entry in the 1st position with San Antonio overtaking Oklahoma City. San Antonio continues to cruise and has a league best 10 and 0 record over their last 10 games. The Clippers have closed the gap to 1 game in the battle of Los Angeles and 3rd seed in the West. Houston and Memphis were both able to climb a few notches moving up to the 5th and 6th seeds on the power of above .500 performances over their last 10 outings. Defending NBA Champion Dallas dropped a few spots due to lackluster performance, going just 4 of 6 in their last 10 games. Denver is holding on to the 8th spot managing to play .500 ball over their last 10. Phoenix and Utah closed the week on the outside looking in, but are well within striking distance.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups as of April 2nd

The fight for Home Court throughout the NBA Playoffs is heating up between Eastern Conference Leader Chicago and both Oklahoma and San Antonio from the Western Conference. San Antonio threw their hat in the ring with an excellent performance this past week boasting a league best 7 game win streak.

Eastern Conference Foes flip flop positions this week with Philly falling out of the number 4 spot to 7th and the Celtics moving from 7th to 4th position. Philly has managed just a 4 and 6 record in their last 10 games while Boston has won 7 of their last 10 causing the change in current seeds for both teams. The rest of the division race remained intact from the previous week’s potential playoff positions.

The Western Conference playoff race had a new entry in the 7th position with Denver replacing Utah and Houston still clinging on to the 8th seed. Both teams are playing close to .500 ball over their last 10 games.

The San Antonio spurs continue to cruise and has a league best 9-1 record and 7 game winning streak over their last 10 games. They are closing the gap on Oklahoma who clinched a playoff spot last week. Oklahoma is also performing well winning 8 of their last 10 with 6 straight in the "W" column to keep San Antonio at bay for the moment.

2012 NBA Playoff Match Ups as of March 26th

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: NBA Western Conference Playoffs:
Chicago vs New York Oklahoma vs Houston
Miami vs Boston San Antonio vs Utah
Orlando vs Atlanta LA Lakers vs Memphis
Philly vs Indiana LA Clippers vs Dallas

The current standings would Put Chicago as the outright 2012 NBA season winner and give them valuable home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs and the NBA finals. Chicago is the only team that has clinched a playoff berth thus far in 2012. They have a current record of 40 and 10.

Oklahoma City is the surprising leader of the Western Conference this year and with their 36 and 12 record they are closing in on home court advantage in the West. The Thunder made a good run at the NBA finals in 2011 and this season’s performance particularly at home has proven that they are legitimate contenders to reach the 2012 NBA Finals. They face a tough stretch of games to close the season and maintain their number 1 position in the West.

Miami and San Antonio are both currently out in front in their conference regions and holding on to second position in the overall East and West standings. Both of these playoff tenured teams will be looking to make a run at home court advantage and are still within striking distance to accomplish that feat. In both cases there will be a need for some assistance to overtake the leading conference positions. Miami is 5 games back and San Antonio is behind by four games heading into this week’s play.

Orlando and the Lakers are sitting in 3rd positions in the overall conference standings. Both teams should be able to clinch a high playoff seed. In both cases here an extraordinary collapse and extraordinary run would be required for them to finish sitting atop of the playoff seeds. Mathematics dictate the possibility, but reality is the more likely scenario for these 3 to 4 seed bound teams.

The upstart Clippers and a surprising Philly team are both well positioned for a run at the Lakers and Orlando. Both current 4th seeded teams are just a couple of games back in the playoff race and could easily find themselves in the 3 seed playoff position come April 26th. A two seed is also a possibility here, but again the math doesn’t look favorable in the East or the West for these two teams. Currently the Clippers trail their Los Angeles counterpart Lakers by 3 games in the West, and Philly finds themselves 4 games out behind Orlando.

Rounding out the bottom playoff seeds for the NBA East and NBA West conferences is as follows:

  East West
5th: Indiana Dallas
6th: Atlanta Memphis
7th: Boston Utah
8th: New York Houston

Boston and New York finishing in these positions could make for some very interesting and competitive first round match ups for top seeds Chicago and Miami, and some great basketball drama for NBA fans.

The lower seeded teams can produce a lot of close results as the season comes to a close. Here is a look at how tie breakers are used to create the playoff structure in the cases of two team or multiple team ties ending the regular season.

Playoff Tie Breaker Rules:

Teams 1 to 4 in each conference are the three division winners and the team with the next best regular-season record, with the seeding of these four teams determined by regular-season record. Seeds 5 to 8 are based upon regular season records. Ties are broken based on the NBA rules governing two and multiple team tie scenarios.

Two Teams Tied:

  1. Better winning percentage in games against each other.

  2. Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

  3. Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

  4. Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

  5. Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents ("point differential").

Multiple Teams Tied:

  1. Better winning percentage in all games among the tied teams.

  2. Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

  3. Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

  4. Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents ("point differential").

The following guidelines shall be used when applying the above criteria to break ties for playoff positions:

Three division winners are guaranteed a spot in the top four seeds, therefore, determining the division winners must be occur and any ties broken before any other seeds can be determined.

In the case of a tie breaker used to determine a division winner, the results will be used to determine only the division winner and the corresponding playoff position.

If any of the tie breaking scenarios fails to determine a playoff position, the position will be determined by a random drawing.

Home Court Advantage: Home court advantage is decided as in the case used for breaking two-team ties for playoff position.

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Participants must enter their projected winners of all rounds of the Playoffs, round by round, beginning with the first round. Beginning with the first round, the Administrator will weigh predictions for each successive round more heavily than the previous round in accordance with the table below. Points will be awarded by multiplying your number of correct predictions of winning teams in each round of the Sweepstakes by the weight assigned to each applicable round. For example, you would receive five (5) points for five correct predictions of winning teams in round two, and ten (10) points for five correct predictions of winning teams in round three. You will receive an individual score for each of the Playoffs rounds; and an overall score, which is the combined total of your individual round scores.

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Only two attempts for new alternates will be conducted per Prize. If attempts fail, unclaimed Prize will not be awarded.

Legal Disclaimers

All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules which include the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of BD, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.

General Conditions

By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of BD, which shall be final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes. Further, each entrant also acknowledges and agrees to the Facebook Terms of Use and the BetDSI.com Terms of Use, incorporated herein by reference. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner. No substitution or transfer of the Grand Prize is permitted except by BD. BD reserves the right to substitute the Grand Prize for one of equal or greater value in the event that an advertised Grand Prize is unavailable.

Any potential winner who is a resident of Canada may be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered online or offline in order to be declared a winner.

Potential Prize Winner will be required to sign and return, within seven (7) days of issuance, the Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release, except where prohibited by law. Failure to return such documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, the return of any prize or prize notification or if any potential winner declines the Grand Prize for any reason, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate Prize Winner selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable).

Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winner's acceptance of the Grand Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use Prize Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Entrants agree to Commissioner's use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply.

BD and the NBA are not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line entries or transactions, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a contestant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. BD reserves the right to halt or modify the Sweepstakes at any time during the Sweepstakes period if events beyond their control compromise the Sweepstakes fairness or integrity. In the event that a scheduled game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that week for players on the affected NBA teams.

BD and the NBA are not responsible for typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner or the distribution of the Grand Prize.

BD, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Grand Prize, and require the return of the Grand Prize, if entrant engages in any conduct BD deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Sweepstakes or detrimental to other entrants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Sweepstakes registration or Grand Prize claim, violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or The Grand Prize through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the entrant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points or the Grand Prize, tampering with BD's administration of this promotion, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this Web site. Entrant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of the Grand Prize and/or return of the Grand Prize shall in no way prevent BD from pursuing other avenues of recourse such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct.

BD reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is not affiliated with or endorsed by the NBA or any NBA team. This is a skill game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the BetDSI.eu service.

The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the Facebook website.

This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling or wagering.

Internet

If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of BD which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, BD reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, BD further reserves the right to award prize to the eligible participant selected via random drawing from the participants whose score resides in the top 10% of all scores in accordance with these Official Rules.

BD and the NBA assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries or transactions. BD and the NBA are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry or transaction to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any

Lost or Corrupted Entries

The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, lost, late, incomplete, corrupted, stolen, misdirected, illegible or postage due entries or mail if applicable; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information. The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotion agencies, are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by registration information submitted by end users or tampering, hacking, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes, and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Sweepstakes.

Damaged Property

Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, injury or damage to any entrants or to any other person's computer or property related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from this Sweepstakes.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A CONTESTANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GAME IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, CBSI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH CONTESTANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID and/or email address will be disqualified.

In the event that the Sweepstakes is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, BD reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, BD or the NBA shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

Sweepstakes Errors

The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, errors and/or ambiguity: (a) in the Sweepstakes; (b) in any related advertising or promotions of this Sweepstakes; and/or (c) in these Official Rules including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Grand Prize Winner or the distribution of the Grand Prize. In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, Administrators reserve the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes or to correct any such ambiguity or error(s) without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes.

Prize Winner and Grand Prize

The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner, the distribution of the Grand Prize, the acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of any part of a the Grand Prize and/or any injury or damage to any entrant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of the Grand Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.

Release and Indemnity

Each entrant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Prize Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities, Facebook.com and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Grand Prize, participation in this Sweepstakes and participation in any activity related to this Sweepstakes.

Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties

IN NO EVENT WILL THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES, FACEBOOK.COM AND/OR THEIR PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES. IN NO EVENT SHALL BD OR THE NBA'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $100. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE SERVICE INCLUDING THE GRAND PRIZE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

Binding Arbitration

The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Sweepstakes. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party.

Trademark Ownership

The NBA®, its associated teams, affiliations, and franchises are trademarks of the National Basketball Association. The NBA is not a sponsor of this promotion.

Sponsor/Prize Provider/Administrator's Mailing Address

BetDSI, SJO7045.