The National Basketball Association experienced a gigantic shift when LeBron James made his way West in the most recent off-season. The global superstar now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, after bringing a championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time ever just a few years ago. The shift has absolutely opened the doors for a teams in the Eastern Conference, as a handful featuring surprisingly young squads are currently vying for the opportunity to represent the East in the NBA Finals come June. An array of NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals Tickets are currently available to the general public now.
The Milwaukee Bucks recently became the first team in the NBA to win 50 games, and their points per game average of over 117 is second only to the Golden State Warriors, who have an average of just over 118. The Bucks are fueled by a lot of talented players who comprise a roster that is clearly built for the long and demanding postseason run. They are led by Giannis Antetokoumpo, a.k.a. “The Greek Freak.” The man who entered the current season as a 24-year-old is notching his sixth year in the league. His points per game total has increased steadily from his rookie year 6.8 to his current tally of over 27. His rebounds have also steadily increased, beginning with 4.4 per game in 2013-14 and currently sitting at 12.6 per game. Add another six assists per game, and it is clear to see why Antetokoumpo is regarded by some as the best player in the league.
The Toronto Raptors are in the mix as usual, even though they ran off their Coach of the Year-winning head coach Dwane Casey last year after a disappointing playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in what will most likely be LeBron James final year in his hometown. The Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are also currently in a position to make the playoffs, as are the Brooklyn Nets. The Philadelphia 76ers have a stacked roster that is very exciting to watch, but they currently sit a full eight games out of first place. The stretch run could put them in a position to host an array of home games come the 2019 NBA Playoffs, and tickets will be available here.
It is worth noting that the Miami Heat have been highly-competitive in what will be Dwayne Wade’s final year of his illustrious career. He had an amazing game-winner against the Golden State Warriors down the stretch run, forever creating memories for fans who have celebrated him since he was drafted out of Marquette with the #5 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
The Western Conference standings represent a straight up war featuring a gallimaufry of talented teams aiming to make their way into the NBA Finals. Having recently dispatched of the Denver Nuggets by double-digits on their home court, the Golden State Warriors head into the final stretch of the season 25 games above .500. They are once again the team to beat in the Western Conference, as they have been for the last handful of years.
The combination of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and the very talented supporting cast is simply too much to deal with for most teams on most nights. Although they have lacked the absolute domination that they achieved in the regular-season in past years, they are biding their time well in advance of a playoff stretch that could feature as many as 28 games.
The Denver Nuggets are led by a man they call “The Joker,” and they are on the cusp of doing the biggest things that the franchise has done a very long time. A 27-6 home record has translated to hundreds of thousands of fans able to witness amazing things going down inside of the Pepsi Center. The Nuggs will be a bit new to the rare air of the NBA Postseason come April, but they remain a very legitimate contender for the title.
Other Western Conference squads legitimately vying for entry to the 2019 NBA Finals include the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trailblazers. In a conference where a .600 mark is not even good enough for home-field advantage in the first-round of the postseason, every game truly matters. With about 15 left for each squad, these three are aiming to separate themselves from the pack.
The Rockets are led by Chris Paul and James Harden, two talented players well experienced in the high-stakes nature of April and May basketball. Harden has put together an amazing streak in the 2018-19 season in which he has notched over 30 points per game a historic amount of times in a row. Critics have roasted the team and the perennial All-Star for putting stats ahead of victories, but they are currently in third place and lurking. The Rockets are a tough matchup for anyone in the postseason, and could easily end up sneaking into the second-place spot over the schedule’s final few weeks.
Oklahoma City is once again propelled by the dynamic and amazing Russell Westbrook. He is once again averaging a triple double per game in an era where statistics are incredibly important thanks to fantasy basketball. It is no fantasy to think that the Thunder could go deep into the NBA Playoffs in 2019 given the additional help and efforts of Paul George, who has absolutely rejuvenated his career.
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The Trailblazers have Damien Lillard, an incredibly talented point guard who can put the ball in the hoop from anywhere inside of half court at any given moment. He makes games involving the squad very exciting and tickets very popular, and the Blazers run through the NBA Playoffs will be interesting. The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and upstart Sacramento Kings are the remaining teams vying for the final spots in the insanely-competitive conference. Anyone interested in witnessing 2019 NBA Playoff games up close can easily secure affordable tickets now.