After 82 regular season games, the long-awaited playoffs will be a peace justice for the franchises contending for the title and succeed the Milwaukee Bucks from Giannis Antetokounmpo, last year’s winner against the Phoenix Suns. That race for the Larry O’Brien Cup begins on Tuesday, April 12th, with the championship kicking off.
The playoffs, strictly speaking, will begin Saturday at 7 p.m., with a game between the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. Before that, six matches will be played, to determine the last four teams qualified for the final table. They are, at the moment, just twelve people to make sure they can play these final stages.
The first game in history in a season 82 games
In the league’s small tabloids for several years, the playing championship was born during the 2019-20 season, which was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The concept was renewed after a season that was reduced to 72 games last year, before being set in stone this year. However, the NBA’s action returned to pre-pandemic standards. So this is the first game in a season of 82 matches.
A real revolution for the biggest basketball tournament in the world. From now on, the top six in each conference will almost certainly be in the playoffs, versus eight previously. The four teams ranked between seventh and tenth will meet in this three-day mini-tournament, which determines the last two qualifying matches through the conference.
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Formatting is meant to be simple. The seventh faces the eighth and the winner of this match goes to the playoffs. The loser gets a second chance against the winner of the match between 9 and 10, to reach the final table. Thus, the tenth, if he wins twice, can reach the final stages. Modernity does not satisfy everyone. Whoever came up with this nonsense needs to be fired.criticized LeBron James, participant in 2021. This year, for example, the San Antonio Spurs (34 wins) could replace the Minnesota Timberwolves (46 wins).
The entry matches will begin Tuesday night with a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets in the east (1 hour) and a confrontation between the Los Angeles Clippers of Nicholas Patom and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the west (3:30).
So many contenders, no clear favourite
The fight for the title seems very open-ended, once again. After outrageously dominating LeBron James (Miami and then Cleveland) and Golden State over the 2010s, no favorites have emerged. Bookmakers believe in Phoenix, the league’s record best and unfortunate runner-up last year. They are even fantasizing about a remake of the 2021 final with the Milwaukee Bucks, the defending champions.
In third place, in their opinion, is the Brooklyn Nets, who must nevertheless take the course to play. But the presence of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the team, along with rumors of a possible Ben Simmons return to the playoffs, is fueling the idea that New Yorkers might be a surprise to the leader. The Grizzlies, who unexpectedly came second in the Western Conference, are hoping to continue to beat the odds.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, for their part, want to regain their supremacy with Klay Thompson returning this season after long injuries. The experience of the Miami Heat and coach Eric Spoelstra will be an asset to the Floridians.
Rudi Gobert and the jazz dream of the first title
The Salt Lake City players have performed in the regular season, and have struggled to turn the attempt into good playoff campaigns since 2019. They were knocked out twice in the first round in 2019 and 2020, and Jazzmen believed they had found the perfect symphony last year after taking first place in the championship. . league in the regular season. They knocked out the Clippers in the second round, looked inconsistent and went on a vacation full of regret.
Rudi Gobert, who has been named the NBA’s best defender three times and in his fourth podium finish, is the Frenchman with the most chances of lifting the Larry O’Brien Cup. It is an award that has not been in the hands of housing associations since 2014 and the coronation of Tony Parker and Boris Diaw for Tottenham.
Fifth in the Western Conference this season, the Jazz hope to emulate the Milwaukee Bucks, last year’s champion after a regular season less dominant than the previous one. The difficulty for Quin Snyder’s men is that there is no player of MVP caliber, capable of carrying the franchise on their own during tough times.
But where is LeBron James?
Since his first playoff participation in 2006, the Akron native has missed the final stages only once, already in 2019 with the Lakers. At the end of a disastrous season for his team, but among the favorites at the start of the season, the Californians didn’t even take part, as they finished 11th in the Western Conference with 21 defeats in their last 28 encounters.
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Although Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza and Daenerys Jordan enlisted in the offseason, the Lakers fared worse than last season when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Thus, LeBron James, the leading scorer in NBA history, will not have the opportunity to increase his point record in the final stage.