NBA Conference Finals


About NBA Conference

The NBA Conference Finals are the penultimate round of the NBA playoffs, featuring the top two teams from each conference. The NBA is divided into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

After the earlier rounds of the playoffs, which include the First Round and the Conference Semifinals, the remaining four teams, two from each conference, advance to the Conference Finals. The NBA Conference Finals are about to begin, and the stage is set for greatness.

NBA Conferences Finals Overview

In the NBA Conference finals,the Eastern Conference teams compete against each other in the regular season to earn a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs while the Western Conference compete against each other in the regular season to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

The NBA playoffs feature the top eight teams from each conference, determined by their win-loss records. These teams compete in the conference playoffs to determine the conference champions. The winners of each conference then advance to the NBA Finals, where they vie for the ultimate prize of becoming the league champions.

The Conference Finals in the NBA follow a 2-2-1-1-1 format, meaning that the higher-seeded team in the regular season will host games 1, 2, 5, and 7 in their homecourt, while the lower-seeded team will host games 3, 4, and 6 in their home. This format has been used consistently since the 1985 NBA playoffs. The team that wins their respective Conference Finals advances to the NBA Finals to compete for the NBA Championship.

NBA Conferences Finals History

During the 2022 Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors faced off against the Dallas Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic. With Stephen Curry as their top scorer, the Warriors dominated the series, winning four out of five games and securing their spot in the NBA Finals.

While, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat battled it out in the Eastern Conference Finals. With Jayson Tatum leading the way, the Celtics emerged victorious after six hard-fought games, earning their spot in the NBA Finals. In the championship round, they were against the Golden State Warriors, who had become the Western Conference champions.

NBA Conferences Finals type

The NBA is divided into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each conference consists of 15 teams, making a total of 30 teams in the league.

Each conference in the NBA is further divided into three divisions, resulting in a total of six divisions in the league. These divisions help organize teams geographically and add an additional layer of competition within the conference.

NBA Western Conference:

Northwest division:

Denver Nuggets
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz

Pacific division:

Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings

Southwest division:

Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs

NBA Eastern Conference:

Atlantic division:

Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks
Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors

Central division:

Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast division:

Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets
Miami Heat
Orlando Magic
Washington Wizards

NBA Conferences Finals Odds

NBA Conference Finals odds refer to the probability or chances assigned to each team participating in the Conference Finals to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals. These odds are determined by sportsbooks and betting experts based on various factors such as team performance, player statistics, injuries, and other relevant information.

Boston Celtics+105
Denver Nuggets+230
Los Angeles Lakers+300
Miami Heat+1600

Teams in NBA Conferences Finals 2023

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat

In a crucial matchup to reach the NBA Finals, Jayson Tatum, a star player for the Boston Celtics and a member of the All-NBA first team in 2023 and his team, will be facing off against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. Tatum, the leading scorer for the Celtics, showcased a 51 points skillful game in their recent victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the playoffs.

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers

This season, the Denver Nuggets, with Nikola Jokic as their leader, have earned the top seed in their conference. They will be facing the Los Angeles Lakers, who have traditionally had the upper hand in their previous faceoffs. Even though the Lakers have a history of winning series against the Nuggets, the Nuggets are fully prepared to present a tough challenge and a strong fight.

NBA Conferences Predictions 2023

Eastern Conference -

In their playoff history, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have faced each other 30 times, with the Heat winning 16 series and the Celtics winning 14. Their most recent playoff encounter occurred in the 2020 Eastern Conference finals, where the Miami Heat emerged victorious in six games, securing their spot in the NBA Finals while eliminating the Boston Celtics.

Although the Miami Heat have a history of winning more series, the Boston Celtics are well-prepared to give them a tough challenge. The Celtics’ deadly duo in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are currently in their prime and excel at scoring. As a result, it seems likely that the Celtics will once again secure a spot in the NBA Finals.

Western Conference -

Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers have met in the playoffs 7 times, with the Lakers winning all 7 series. The most recent playoff matchup between the two teams was in the 2020 western conference. The Lakers won the series by 4-1. The LA Lakers have the historical advantage in their head-to-head matchups.

The Lakers will start with their star players like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and De’Angelo Russell while the Nuggets will have their most formidable pick-and-roll duos, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

Though, the Denver Nuggets have secured the top seed in their conference this season, the Los Angeles Lakers, will make it to the NBA finals according to the stats.

NBA Conferences Standings 2023

Eastern Conference Standings

1Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks5928.678-117.0113.9+3.133-1126-174-6L3
2Boston CelticsBoston Celtics6530.684-2.0117.6111.0+6.636-1229-186-4W2
3Philadelphia 76ersPhiladelphia 76ers6132.6561.0113.7110.1+3.632-1429-186-4L2
4Cleveland CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers5235.5987.0111.2106.5+4.732-1220-234-6L3
5New York KnicksNew York Knicks5340.5709.0114.1111.5+2.627-1926-215-5L1
6Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets4541.52313.5112.4112.1+0.323-2022-214-6L5
7Atlanta HawksAtlanta Hawks4445.49416.0118.2118.20.025-1919-264-6L1
8Miami HeatMiami Heat5342.55810.0109.8109.5+0.333-1520-277-3W1
9Toronto RaptorsToronto Raptors4142.49416.0112.8111.3+1.527-1514-276-4L1
10Chicago BullsChicago Bulls4143.48816.5112.8111.6+1.222-1919-245-5L1
11Indiana PacersIndiana Pacers3547.42721.5116.3119.5-3.220-2115-263-7W1
12Washington WizardsWashington Wizards3547.42721.5113.2114.4-1.219-2216-253-7L1
13Orlando MagicOrlando Magic3448.41522.5111.4114.0-2.620-2114-275-5L4
14Charlotte HornetsCharlotte Hornets2755.32929.5111.0117.2-6.213-2814-275-5W1
15Detroit PistonsDetroit Pistons1765.20739.5110.3118.5-8.29-328-331-9L1

Western Conference Standings

1Denver NuggetsDenver Nuggets6132.656-115.8111.8+4.040-721-257-3W2
2Memphis GrizzliesMemphis Grizzlies5335.6025.5116.1112.9+3.237-716-284-6L1
3Sacramento KingsSacramento Kings5138.5738.0120.2117.9+2.325-2026-183-7L1
4Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns5142.54810.0113.7112.2+1.532-1519-276-4L2
5Los Angeles ClippersLos Angeles Clippers4542.51713.0113.7113.6+0.123-2022-224-6L4
6Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors5045.52612.0118.1116.6+1.537-1013-355-5L1
7Los Angeles LakersLos Angeles Lakers5243.54710.0116.5115.3+1.230-1822-257-3W1
8Minnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota Timberwolves4445.49415.0115.1115.4-0.324-2020-255-5L1
9New Orleans PelicansNew Orleans Pelicans4241.50614.0114.4112.6+1.827-1515-266-4L2
10Oklahoma City ThunderOklahoma City Thunder4143.48815.5117.3116.5+0.824-1717-265-5L1
11Dallas MavericksDallas Mavericks3844.46317.5114.2114.1+0.123-1815-262-8L2
12Utah JazzUtah Jazz3745.45118.5117.1118.0-0.923-1814-272-8L1
13Portland Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers3349.40222.5113.4117.4-4.017-2416-251-9L4
14Houston RocketsHouston Rockets2260.26833.5110.7118.6-7.914-278-334-6W3
15San Antonio SpursSan Antonio Spurs2260.26833.5113.0123.1-10.114-278-333-7W1

Where to watch NBA Conference Finals

The Conference finals are broadcasted on several networks, including ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV, or if you have a cable and satellite TV connection you will have access to the game.


A. There are two major subdivisions within the league: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference which comprises 30 teams.
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A. The Pacific division which consists of teams like LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors and the Atlantic division which comprises teams like Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are considered as the hardest and most competitive division in the NBA.
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Last Modified May 17, 2023 07:54 GMT
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