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Chad504boy
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Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
In case anyone was unsure, read below. Do you prefer this vs straight 1-8 seeding based on regular season standings and tie breakers?

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How Do NBA Playoffs Work?
The 7 through 10 seeds in each conference will face off in the play-in tournament. The 9 and 10 seeds will play against each other in one game, and the 7 and 8 seeds will play each other in another game.

The winner of the 7/8 matchup automatically clinches a spot in the playoffs and will be the 7 seed against the 2 seed in the first round of the playoffs. The winner of the 9/10 matchup advances to the second round of the play-in, while the loser is eliminated.

The loser of the 7/8 matchup will play the winner of the 9/10 matchup in the final play-in game. The winner of that game clinches a playoff spot as the 8 seed against the 1 seed in the first round of the postseason.


SDVTiger
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
I dont like it
Would be better if 8,9, and 10 played for the 8th spot

But even that seems dumb


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Oilfieldbiology
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
I love anarchy so I’m all for it.



bamameister
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
Don't really know yet. More teams are alive and I guess fans are digging the prospects of getting in. But if there is going to be huge gaps in records between the lower seeds as time goes on, then no. Most of the time 1-8 can be all over the place record-wise as it is.


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TomRollTideRitter
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Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?


When I see over the half the teams in a league make a playoff, I think, Man, if only the playoff was even bigger.


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SLafourche07
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
I think there should be some qualifier for how many games behind the 9th and 10th seeds are.

For instance make it 3 or 4 games. So if the 8 seed is clearly better recordwise then there shouldn’t be a play in game because some years there is a clear cut top 8, but sometimes it’s a little more muddled and the extra games could provide some clarity.


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jlovel7
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
Nevermind I'm dumb. I guess it works but the NBA is slowly moving towards "the whole thing is the playoffs!" mentality because their regular season is completely worthless. It's like the anti college football.

America is so fascinated with "playoffs" and "rings" that any game that isn't directly for a championship in the immediate future people don't care about.

It's refreshing to watch Hockey where they still give it their all pretty much every game even in the earliest games of the season then really ratchet it up for the playoffs. It's something special.

These leagues just want the immediate playoff revenue but at some point that bubble has to burst when you've got 3/4 of the league in the playoffs making the entire regular season basically exhibitions.
This post was edited on 5/4 at 9:34 am


shel311
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Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?

New one.

7th and 8th seeds have historically done nothing in the postseason, barring some major outliers.

So I'm all for a couple of 1 game scenarios with that game 7 feel to get into the postseason.

It's definitely not really fair to the 7th or 8th seed teams, that part I agree with. But for my watching entertainment, I'd 100% prefer the play-in.


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shel311
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Why does it make sense that a 7 seed has to play an 8 seed to make the playoffs but a 9 seed gets to play a 10 seed? Unless I'm understanding it wrong.
7th plays 8, winner is locked into the 7th seed.

Loser plays the winner of 9/10 for the final spot. So basically 9/10 has to win 2 straight, but if you're 7/8 you can lose the 1st and still get in by winning the 2nd.


jlovel7
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7th plays 8, winner is locked into the 7th seed.

Loser plays the winner of 9/10 for the final spot. So basically 9/10 has to win 2 straight, but if you're 7/8 you can lose the 1st and still get in by winning the 2nd.




Yeah I fricked it up.

Thanks.


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chalmetteowl
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These leagues just want the immediate playoff revenue but at some point that bubble has to burst when you've got 3/4 of the league in the playoffs making the entire regular season basically exhibitions.
the basketball play-in makes the regular season more meaningful for better teams... now top 6 are only guaranteed into the playoffs rather than top 8.

If you’re legitimately trying to win a championship you should be nowhere near the play in games though


rocket31
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i like it and i think the casual fan interest will be really high for those play in games


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shel311
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the basketball play-in makes the regular season more meaningful for better teams... now top 6 are only guaranteed into the playoffs rather than top 8.

If you’re legitimately trying to win a championship you should be nowhere near the play in games though
Right, it has already done a good job IMO of reducing the number of tanking teams.


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Bham Bammer
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
I don't quite understand playing 82 games only to allow a team that finished potentially 5 or 6 games back of the 7th place team an opportunity right at the end.

I mean, I know WHY they do it, but it's dumb.


shel311
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I don't quite understand playing 82 games only to allow a team that finished potentially 5 or 6 games back of the 7th place team an opportunity right at the end.

I mean, I know WHY they do it, but it's dumb.

You're definitely not wrong here.

But 7th and 8th seeds don't win titles or even win their conference, so I can understand sacrificing them a bit for the sake of reducing the number of tanking teams.


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QJenk
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
It's intriguing. I get the feel that it will help lower the teams that will tank, but at the same time that may be wishful thinking.

This season, the Wizards are at 30-35 in the 10 seed, and the Spurs are at 31-33 in the 10 seed. At least this year's seeds are competitive. I'm ok with the Spurs inching their way into the playoffs.
There's been seasons where the 10 seed was way below .500 I would not want a team that was 10 games below .500 to get lucky 2 games and to make it into the playoffs.


chalmetteowl
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would not want a team that was 10 games below .500 to get lucky 2 games and to make it into the playoffs.

it’s not like they’re knocking off beasts to get there though


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nicholastiger
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
My guess is it goes back to normal next season
Only reason they did it was to make it fair since last season got cut short and this season since season started late

Those teams 9/10 are not going to win it anyway

I actually enjoyed the baseball playoff format due to COVID better, I would just cut it down to make sure you don't have a team with a losing record involved
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Hoodie
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
That's an awfully wordy explanation. I don't believe anything good can come from having to explain your sports' playoff seedings in more than five lengthy sentences. If things get too complicated, casual fans could be turned off.

One would assume the 7th ranked team in a conference would have good few more wins that the 10th slotted team. Considering how long the regular season is, that should count for something. You don't want to turn your regular season into a glorified, 6-month-long exhibition.


WestCoastAg
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re: Do you prefer the new NBA Playoff Format vs the Old style?
top 16 teams make it, get rid of conferences, reseed after every round, go back to the first round being best of 5

there you go. where do i send my consulting fee
This post was edited on 5/4 at 1:33 pm


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