2022 NBA Playoff Bracket: Current format of NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoff Bracket 2021
NBA Playoff Bracket

The 2022 NBA Playoff bracket is now fully set, postseason games are set to begin from Saturday, April 16 until the NBA finals game 7 on Sunday, June 19. Here is the latest update you can watch. The Eastern Conference winner No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks win in the NBA Finals 2021 against the Western Conference winner No. 2 Phoenix Suns.

There will be a total of 20 teams in the NBA playoffs for the 2021-22 season, up from 16 in previous seasons including play-in tournaments. Eight teams have clinched the postseason spot from each conference – check out your favorite team’s playoff chances.

Here is how the East conference and West conference brackets shook out, from Round one through NBA championship-stay up to date.

NBA Playoffs 2022

2022 NBA Playoffs start: Saturday, April 16, 2022
NBA Finals Game 1: Thursday, June 2, 2022

2022 Eastern Conference Championship

(1) Miami Heat vs. (2) Boston Celtics

2022 Western Conference Championship

(3) Golden State Warriors vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks

How does the NBA Playoff bracket work?

The 16-team playoffs have followed the same format since 2016 with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the postseason. Here’s a guide that helps you to know how NBA Playoffs formate does work.

In each conference (Eastern and Western), the top eight teams are ranked in order by win-loss record. The team with the best record is seeded No. 1, the next best is No. 2, and so on. Any ties are broken using head-to-head results as the first tiebreaker criteria followed by whether a team won its division.

The seeds are used to create a playoff bracket that determines all of the matchups throughout the entire tournament. In the first round, the top seed, No. 1, faces the No. 8 seed. No. 2 plays No. 7, No. 3 faces No. 6, and No. 4 takes on No. 5.

The higher seeded team always has the home-court advantage. All playoff series are played in a best-of-seven format. The first two games are at the higher-seeded team’s home court and Games 3 and 4 are at the lower-seeded team’s home court. A deciding Game 7 will always be played at the home of the higher seed.

In the second round or conference semifinals, the team that wins the 1-8 matchup plays the winner of the 4-5 series. The 2-7 winner faces the 3-6 and the two teams that win will play each other for the conference championship.

The winners of each of the conference championships then face each other in the NBA Finals. This year, the NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on June 2 to June 19, 2022. The home-court advantage in the NBA Finals goes to the team that recorded the most regular-season wins.

Last season, Milwaukee Bucks faced Phoenix Suns in the 2021 finals. The Bucks won 46 regular-season games while the Suns won 51 in the 2020-21 season. Suns earned home-court advantage lost on to win the first franchise’s NBA title missing the series in six games.

Road to the NBA finals, how playoff bracket does work in 2022?

Eastern Conference, first round

  1. vs. 8.
  2. vs. 7.
  3. vs. 6.
  4. vs. 5.

Western Conference, first round

  1. vs. 8.
  2. vs. 7.
  3. vs. 6.
  4. vs. 5.

Eastern Conference semifinals

Winner of 1./8. vs. Winner of 2./7.
Winner of 3./6. vs. Winner of 4./5.

Western Conference semifinals

Winner of 1./8. vs. Winner of 2./7.
Winner of 3./6. vs. Winner of 4./5.

Eastern Conference Finals

Winner of 1./8./2./7. vs. Winner of 3./6./4./5.

Western Conference Finals

Winner of 1./8./2./7. vs. Winner of 3./6./4./5.

2022 NBA Finals

Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion

You will get a more updated playoff bracket, schedule, standings, and 2021-22 postseason games updated formate will be available here when it will officially be disclosed.