Resuming the NBA season with the start of the playoffs is an option for the league. Most teams had about 15 games in the regular season when the game was stopped on March 11th, and not all had played the same number of games.
In this unprecedented situation, however, the games will only continue far beyond the originally planned end of the regular season on April 15th. Trainers prepare for all options. If the NBA decides to continue the season with the playoffs, check out the possible matchups here:
No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic
Last season Giannis Antetokounmpo led the best-manned Bucks to the final of the Eastern Conference and a 2-0 lead in front of the raptors. But after being lost and eliminated four times in a row, Antetokounmpo vowed to return stronger this season.
The incumbent MVP did just that. Milwaukee is again the team to beat in the east. And Antetokounmpo is a candidate to win the award for a second season in a row by showing its score (29.6 points per game), its rebound (13.7 ppg) and its 3-point percentage (30.6 %) elevated.
Orlando struggled to hold a place in the playoffs before the season was interrupted, but had scored six out of nine wins and strong performances by Terrence Ross, Nic Vucevic, Michael Carter-Williams and Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 in the Overall rating 2017, achieved.
A positive aspect of the interruption is that Evan Fournier (sprained elbow) and Jonathan Isaac (sprain of the left knee) have longer periods of time for rehab and possibly for return.
No. 4 Miami Heat vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers
The Heat has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA lately. They have the third best home record in the east, thanks largely to the game played by all-stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
Butler experienced a revival in his first season in Miami, leading the team with an average of 20.2 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. Adebayo also showed up in his third NBA season with an average of 16.2 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Indiana was also on the rise, winning 7 out of 10. Security guard Malcolm Brogdon will benefit from the break. Indiana is the third leading scorer (16.3 ppg) and has been out with a torn left hip since March 6.
The Heat won both meetings with the Pacers this season.
No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets
The defending champion Raptors only took four wins before his fifth campaign in a row with 50 wins.
First-time all-star Pascal Siakam has stepped up to help fill the gap in Kawhi Leonard & # 39; s finish and score the best 23.6 points per game on average. He leads a balanced Raptors attack with six players averaging two digits.
Brooklyn is a changing team after Kenny Atkinson's sudden release as a coach. Jacque Vaughn has been 2-0 since his takeover but would lead a team without Kevin Durant (Rehabilitation for Achilles tendon surgery) and Kyrie Irving after his shoulder surgery in March.
No. 3 Boston Celtics against No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers
The first-time all-star Jayson Tatum has a third season. He leads the team in the classification (23.6 ppg) and is second in the rebound (7.1). It has helped the Celtics become a threat to win the East after Irving's withdrawal from the free agency.
Tatum has also received a lot of support from Kemba Walker, who despite some injuries scored an average of 21.2 points and 4.9 assists. Jaylen Brown (20.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) also confirms the four-year contract extension of $ 107 million that he signed in October.
If this could lead to a fascinating argument with the 76ers, provided they can get well. Joel Embiid (23.4 ppg, 11.8 rpg) only played 44 games and tackled the last shoulder problems. Ben Simmons is recovering from a pinched nerve in his back.
No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies
The Lakers played as well as they hoped for after the addition of Anthony Davis. They have the best record in the West and have been 13-3 since the beginning of February.
James gets MVP buzz and Davis helped to take the pressure off him. They also had two consecutive wins over the Bucks and Clippers before the season stopped.
The presence of Ja Morant from Memphis would pay more attention to this series. He had 27 points and 14 assists in defeating the Lakers in February.
No. 4 Utah Jazz vs. No. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder
The discovery that Rudy Gobert's positive test for COVID-19 at the Jazz All Star Center was just a few minutes ahead of Thunder and Jazz Matchup should trigger on March 11th, led to the postponement of this game and led to the rolling shutdown in the entire sports world.
Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive. Gobert and Mitchell are the two top scorers of jazz, so the intrigue surrounding this potential pairing would be enormous on multiple levels.
The teams have split their two matches this season.
No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers against No. 7 Dallas Mavericks
The Clippers sometimes looked like one of the best offenses in the league and are fourth in the NBA with an average of 116.2 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard & # 39; s scoring (26.9 ppg) and shooting (46.9%) also correspond to his production in Toronto last season. Paul George was solid too. But teams, including the Lakers, were able to temporarily take advantage of Lou Williams' pick and roll. Trainer Doc Rivers has to find out.
It would be an interesting pairing with a Mavericks team led by All-Star Luka Dončić.
No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Houston Rockets
If they had their choice, these teams would probably prefer to avoid matchup in the first round.
They decided their two matches this season with only one split game with less than 10 points.
The Nuggets only give up 107.4 points per game, which is the eighth longest in the NBA. But James Harden hasn't scored less than 27 points in any of the three games he's played against Denver this season.
Nikola Jokić is also a problem for Houston, which allows 114.4 points per game.
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