2016 NBA Playoffs Six Teams To Watch
With one more month until the 2016 NBA playoffs start, the race in both the East and West is as close as ever. The 8th and the 9th seed in the East are separated by half a game, with the 6th seed also only two games in front of the 9th seed. In the West, the difference between the 8th and 9th seed is only two games, making the stretch run extremely interesting. Here are six teams that should become more and more interesting as the 2016 NBA playoffs approach.
The Pistons went all in at the trade deadline, getting Tobias Harris from Orlando Magic to form a “mini Big-Three” with Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Harris. And while some people expected quick results, in reality, Detroit is playing 50% basketball since the trade. But that might be a good thing. The good news for the Pistons is they have only seven more games on the road. But the bad news is they have lots of games against direct competition, starting with two games against the Wizards, a game against Chicago, two against the Hornets, and then some against higher tier Eastern teams: 2 against Atlanta, two against Miami, and one against Cleveland. The Wizards game are crucial since Washington leads the season series 2:0, and one more win will ensure the Wizards the tiebreaker. Detroit Pistons tickets for the 2016 NBA playoffs games start at just $35.00 per ticket.
Speaking of the Wizards, they are 2 and a half games outside of the playoff picture, but they can make up ground by beating the Pistons. Detroit is not in the playoffs, but they are just half a game behind Chicago for the 8th spot. The biggest challenge for the Wizards will be the Atlanta Hawks, as they have three more games against the 5th best team in the East at the moment. The good news, however, is they have several games against bottom feeders left: 2 against the Nets, one versus Phoenix, one versus Lakers, one versus Knicks, and one versus Sixers. Get Washington Wizards tickets for their 2016 NBA playoff games today.
The Bulls got Jimmy Butler back, but it might be too late. Sitting at the 8th spot, with just half a game lead is not something that Chicago envisioned at any point during the season. The Bulls were supposed to fight with Cleveland for East supremacy, but that hasn’t happened yet. And it doesn’t get easier down the road with only eight home games left. Opponent-wise, the Bulls have one more game against the Cavs, one against the Raptors, two versus the Heat, one with the Pistons, one with Indiana, one with San Antonio and one with Washington. The silver lining is that the Bulls will decide their fate, with games against direct opponents like Washington, Indiana, and Detroit. Chicago Bulls schedule for their 2016 NBA Playoffs games at the United Center start at just $85.00 per ticket.
Portland Trail Blazers
Let’s start with the good news. The Blazers are currently at the 6th spot in the West, despite losing every player of their starting lineup from last season not named Damian Lillard. They have no chance of getting the 5th spot, but staying at 6 is a very plausible scenario. Now, for the bad news. Take a look at their schedule: 2 more versus Golden State, two more versus OKC, one versus San Antonio, one versus Clippers. That is six games against the top 4 teams in the West. And to top it that, they have two more games against Dallas, a team that is just half a game behind them in the standings. The Blazers will likely make the playoffs, but staying at 6th spot gives them a chance against an OKC team that doesn’t look as scary as the Warriors and Spurs. Portland Trail Blazers tickets for the 2016 NBA Playoffs begin at just $25.00 per ticket.
Two weeks ago, the Utah Jazz was the 7th seed in the West, with realistic chances to go as high as No.6. And then they lost 7 of their past ten games, putting the Jazz now on the outside looking in. They currently sit at No.9, two games behind the Rockets for the last spot that will get them a quick dismantle by the Warriors. Their chance is in the schedule which favours the Jazz, as the team has fewer teams against top 4 teams than against bottom feeders. The Jazz plays the Clippers once, the Warriors twice, the Spurs once, the Cavs once, and OKC once. They also play the Rockets on March 23 and have several games against bottom feeders. The Jazz has one more game against the Kings, two more versus Phoenix, two more versus Minnesota, two more versus Lakers, and one versus the Nuggets. Score Utah Jazz tickets for the 2016 NBA playoffs for up to 50% off.
Despite going 4-6 in their past ten games, the Rockets are somehow in the 2016 NBA playoffs picture, thanks to the fall of other teams, namely the Utah Jazz. But it is now time for the Rockets to show what are they made off. The schedule is not in their favour, as they have some games left against contenders from both the East and West. The Rockets play the Thunder twice, the Cavs once, the Raptors once, the Clippers once, and the Celtics. Houston also plays two more games against Memphis, a team that is playing excellent lately. Get Houston Rockets 2016 NBA playoffs tickets today.