This is it NBA fans. The time of year that everyone has been waiting for since the opening tip in late October.
At long last, the NBA Playoffs are upon us.
Everything that players and teams have done for the last six months has led up to this—the time of year where every game, every play can make the difference between failure and success.
Down the stretch run of the grueling 82-game season, much of team’s destiny is determined by playoff positioning. Beyond that, it’s important for a team to go into the playoffs on a high note, winning and playing well in order to continue doing so against the best competition in the world.
And while some teams are peaking at just the right time (Phoenix, Miami), others (LA, Cleveland) treated the end of regular season as a mere formality before the real show.
Some think it won’t matter to the powerhouses and they will turn on superb play in the playoffs. But, the contenders to the throne can’t be so sure and many have given it their full effort as a precursor to the postseason.
The following list is the power rankings of the 16 remaining NBA playoff teams. Each team was ranked on three factors; their overall record, their record in the last 10 games, and how far they can go in the playoffs.