NBA playoffs 2018: Odds, predictions for tight races in East, West | NBA


NBA groups solely have a couple of weeks left to safe their playoff positioning. The Raptors, Celtics, Rockets and Warriors have already earned playoff berths, however which groups will be part of them? 

AccuScore has simulated each sport remaining this season and offered chances for every crew to achieve the postseason. The desk beneath exhibits chances to get into the playoffs and week-to-week adjustments.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Projecting wild Western Convention race

AccuScore’s odds to make NBA playoffs

Chance vs. weekly % change

Warriors zero
Rockets zero
Raptors zero
Celtics zero
Cavs 99.9 zero
76ers 99.9 zero
Timberwolves 99.5 zero
Pacers 99.four zero
Wizards zero
Bucks 98.6 zero
Path Blazers 98.6 zero
Thunder 93.9 zero
Spurs 92.2 zero
Pelicans 86.10 zero
Warmth 84.10 zero
Jazz 76.10 zero
Clippers 34.three zero
Nuggets 23.6 zero
Pistons 16.1 zero
Hornets three.2 zero

NOTE: The Bulls, Knicks, Nets, Magic, Hawks, Mavericks, Kings, Suns and Grizzlies have already been formally eradicated from playoffs. Along with these groups, the Lakers are out of the playoffs primarily based on simulations. It’s extra a query of when, not if, they’ll formally be out of competition.

Jap Convention playoff image

The 76ers, Cavs, Pacers, Bucks and Wizards have primarily secured their tickets to the postseason. Based mostly on simulations, these groups have 98-99 p.c probabilities to attain the playoffs. It might require gigantic meltdowns for these groups to overlook the playoffs this 12 months.

The one fascinating dialogue entails the final place within the Jap Convention. The Warmth are anticipated to land at No. eight within the East, as Miami is presently 6.5 video games forward of the Pistons. Miami’s chance to achieve the playoffs is 84 p.c, whereas the Pistons have a 16 p.c probability to move the Warmth and get into the postseason social gathering. 

It can also be price looking on the division battles, that are fully open. Presently, the Raptors (54 p.c win chance in Atlantic) and Wizards (86 p.c win chance in Southeast) are main their respective divisions. Count on the Cavs to take over by the tip of the common season within the Central, as their division win chance is 61 p.c.

Western Convention playoff image

Along with the Rockets and Warriors, it appears to be like just like the Timberwolves and Path Blazers have the perfect odds to make the playoffs within the Western Convention. Portland had gained 13 video games in a row earlier than a loss to the Rockets, and that streak improved the crew’s probabilities fairly a bit. The Thunder additionally look safe with nearly 94 p.c chance to get into the playoffs even if Oklahoma Metropolis is just up two video games within the standings on the ultimate West playoff crew.

The Spurs discover themselves in unfamiliar territory close to the underside of the playoff image, however the simulations like their probabilities and predict San Antonio will make the ultimate playoff area (over 92 p.c chance). Issues do not look so good for the Clippers, who’ve solely a 34 p.c chance to make the playoffs behind the Jazz (76 p.c) and Pelicans (86 p.c).

The Nuggets are inside hanging distance, however their probabilities for the postseason are just below 24 p.c. They may have to win at a greater clip than .500 like they’ve performed throughout their final 10 video games.

The Rockets and Warriors will win their divisions with out breaking a sweat. The Northwest Division, although, can be a good race. The Thunder have an outdoor shot, however their chances are high beneath 10 p.c. It can most certainly come all the way down to the Timberwolves (63 p.c) and the Path Blazers (27 p.c) for the division crown, based on the simulations.

AccuScore’s NBA playoff chances can be up to date on a weekly foundation.

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