The NBA regular season is over and done with but there isn’t much time to rest because the playoffs will be underway at the weekend. Wednesday night was a big night of basketball action, and many bets were won and lost with so much to play for.
The Raptors won a narrow game at home to the Hornets with the Toronto side winning 92-87 while the Celtics defeated the Bucks in Milwaukee by a score of 100-105. The Nets won at home to Orlando, defeating the Magic by a score of 101-88 and the Cavaliers overcame the Wizards in Cleveland, winning by a score of 113-108. The Spurs lost in New Orleans, with the Pelicans sneaking into the playoffs after their 108-103 win against the reigning champions.
The Rockets defeated the Jazz in Houston, winning by a score of 117-91 and the Warriors won an almighty match against the Nuggets by a score of 133-126. The Thunder won away to the Timberwolves, winning by 113-138 and the Heat triumphed in Philadelphia, winning by 101-105. The Knicks slumped at home, losing 90-112 to the Pistons while the Bulls won 91-85 over the Hawks.
The Mavericks won 114-98 against the Trail Blazers and the Grizzlies defeated the Pacers by a score of 95-83. The Lakers lost out at home with the Kings winning big in Los Angeles, triumphing by a score of 99-122.
Some teams can rest while other basketball teams need to push on for glory
The NBA Playoff Qualifiers for the 2014/15 season are:
- Atlanta Hawks
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Chicago Bulls
- Toronto Raptors
- Washington Wizards
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- Golden State Warriors
- Houston Rockets
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Memphis Grizzlies
- San Antonio Spurs
- Dallas Mavericks
- New Orleans Pelicans
Game 1 in all of the matches will take place on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
The games scheduled for Saturday the 18th of April are:
- Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors
- New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors
- Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls
- Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets
The games scheduled for Sunday the 19th of April are:
- Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers
- Brooklyn Nets @ Atlanta Hawks
- Portland Trail Blazers @ Memphis Grizzlies
- San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Clippers
All of the games are scheduled on a best of 7 format with games number 5, 6 and 7 only being played if required. The latest an individual match-up should conclude will be on the weekend of Saturday the 2nd of May and Sunday the 3rd of May, which will be the case if any match-up requires 7 games to settle the outcome.