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2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket Picture

2012 NBA Playoff MatchupsThe conclusion to the strike-shortened 2012 NBA basketball season is about to come to an end and that means it’s playoff time.  With just a handful of regular season games left, the playoff picture in both the Eastern and Western Conferences is becoming much more clear.

In the NBA East, the Chicago Bulls have just about wrapped up the #1 seed after beating the defending champion Dallas Mavericks last night.  The Miami Heat, who lost to the Washington Wizards without Lebron James, Dewayne Wade, and Chris Bosh last night will end up with the #2 seed.  The #3 seed will go to the surprising Indiana Pacers, while the Boston Celtics will get the #4 seed as the Atlantic Division champion.  The Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers also will be post-season participants.  If the season were to end today, here are what the match-ups would be in the Eastern Conference:

  • #1 Chicago Bulls vs #8 Philadelphia 76ers
  • #2 Miami Heat vs #7 New York Knicks
  • #3 Indiana Pacers vs #6 Orlando Magic
  • #4 Boston Celtics vs #5 Atlanta Hawks

In the NBA West, the San Antonio Spurs have a 1/2 game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top seed.  The Thunder trail by 1 game in the loss column but can catch the Spurs should they lose any of their remaining 4 games- the Thunder have 3 games left. The LA Lakers and LA Clippers are also still fighting it out for the #3 and #4 seeds.  Currently, the Lakers own a 1/2 game lead but both teams are tied with 24 losses.  The Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks have all but locked up wildcard spots but the Utah Jazz still have some work to do to secure the #8 seed.  The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are both just 1 game back.  While much can still changes, here is what the match-ups would look like in the West if the season ended today:

  • #1 San Antonio Spurs vs #8 Utah Jazz
  • #2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #7 Dallas Mavericks
  • #3 LA Lakers vs #6 Denver Nuggets
  • #4 LA Clippers vs #5 Memphis Grizzlies

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2010-11 NBA Western Conference Northwest Division Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder  Tickets

Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder will be looking to take their game to the next level this season!

The NBA’s Western Conference, Northeast Division has to be considered one of the best with 4 of the 5 teams likely headed to the playoffs once again.  The Kevin Durant led OKC Thunder, will likely lead the pack but will be challenged by the Denver Nuggets (if Carmelo stays) and a young Portland Trail Blazer team.  Even the dependable Utah Jazz could end up winning this division.

#1 Oklahoma City Thunder

Additions: Cole Aldrich, Morris Peterson, Daequan Cook

Subtractions: Etan Thomas

The Oklahoma City Thunder seemingly came out of nowhere last year and be a dominant force in the NBA.  Kevin Durant is a beast and will only get better.  Fans in OKC are also excited to see what young talented players like Serge Ibaka and James Harden can bring to the table with increased minutes.

Ticket Demand:  B

The OKC Thunder are an exciting young team with a NBA superstar in Kevin Durant.  Ticket demand would be an A+ is this team was in a major market that had a history with the NBA.  Be that as it may, OKC fans should be intrigued by this team.

#2 Denver Nuggets

Additions: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams

Subtractions: Malik Allen, Joey Graham, Johan Petro

As long as Carmelo Anthony is still a member, the Denver Nuggets will be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.  Along with “melo, the Nuggets also have solid pieces in place with Nene, Harrington, and Chauncey Billups.  That said, the core of this team is not getting any younger and are likely on the decline.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The Nuggets have one of the most exciting players in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony (for the time being) but Denver is not exactly the best basketball market.

#3 Portland Trail Blazers

Additions: Wesley Matthews

Subtractions: Juwan Howard, Martell Webster, Luke Babbitt, Armon Johnson

The Portland Trail Blazers could be one of the teams that improve the most this season.  They have one of the best guards in the NBA with Brandon Roy to go along with a stellar power forward in LaMarcus Aldridge.  If Greg Oden can stay healthy and live up to his enormous potential, the NBA Finals are not out of the question.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The Trail Blazers have a young and exciting team in a fairly large market. If the Blazers take a step forward this year as we expect, tickets could be in big demand.

#4 Utah Jazz

Additions: Al Jefferson, Raja Bell, Francisco Elson

Subtractions: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, Kosta Koufos

It seems the Utah Jazz lose key players year after year but somehow Jerry Sloan keeps putting together playoff caliber teams.  Sloan should once again be able to surround Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko with a solid support casting that will once again be consistently good.

Ticket Demand:  B-

The Utah Jazz have perhaps the best point guard in the game with Deron Williams but Salt Lake City is a subpar basketball market and are not expected to contend for a NBA title.

#5 Minnesota Timberwolves

Additions:  Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Luke Ridnour

Subtractions: Ramon Sessions, Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes

The Timberwolves have been cellar dwellars since Kevin Garnett left the team and its hard to imagine things changing much this season.  That said, the Timberwolves acquired former 1st round pick Michael Beasley and if he ever turns out to be the player everyone thought he could be they future might be just a little brighter.  Apparently has cleaned up his act and is more focused – only time will tell.

Ticket Demand:  C+

Minnesota hasn’t had much to be excited about in some time and that is clearly reflected in their ticket demand.  If Beasley can become a star, things might look up a bit but the Timberwolves will have a hard time giving away tickets.