The NBA implemented a new playoff schedule after last year’s events. With the players and coaches having to stay in a bubble, things looked slightly different, and the NBA decided to keep it.
The implementation is called the play-in tournament. Instead of the normal 2 sided bracket with 8 teams on either side, 10 teams now make the playoffs on each side, with teams 7-10 entering the play-in tournament. The 7th team plays the 8th team and the winner gets the 7th spot. The 9th and 10th teams will play each other and the winner competes against the loser of the 7 vs. 8 games for the final spot in the brackets.
There is some big-time speculation this year on which teams will get which spots. Here are my predictions :
New York Knicks
Boston Celtics (7 seed winner)
Washington Wizards (8 seed winner)
Western Prediction :
Portland Trail Blazers
LA Lakers (7 seed winner)
Golden State Warriors (8 seed winner)
San Antonio Spurs