NBA Playoffs 2016: Final Team Standings, Title Odds and Bracket Predictions

April 14th, 2016 by Rob Goldberg Leave a reply »

If the 2016 NBA playoffs can match the excitement from the last day of the regular season, fans are in for a real treat.

Obviously, not all of Wednesday's drama had an effect on the postseason. After all, Kobe Bryant was ending his career in style while the Golden State Warriors were making history. However, the final night also featured the Houston Rockets clinching a playoff berth while a confusing Eastern Conference sorted out its seeding.

Now that the matchups are settled, the real season can begin, as we prepare to crown another champion.

This does not look like a usual breakdown heading into the playoffs, with the Warriors such overwhelming favorites. Not only did they make history by setting the best regular-season record ever with their 73 wins, but they excelled against the best the league had to offer, as noted by ESPN's John Buccigross:

The San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers obviously have incredibly talented teams with a chance at a title, but either one beating Golden State four times in a series will not be easy. It will take some really cold shooting fro ...

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