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5 Reasons Why NBA Should Reduce Number of Playoff Teams

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Number of NBA Playoff Teams Should be Reduced

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It’s absolutely absurd that over half the teams in the NBA qualify for the playoffs each year and a lot of the problems surrounding the league stem from this over-exaggerated, watered-down postseason. With that in mind as the playoffs are set to begin this weekend, here are five reasons why the league should reduce the number of teams that qualify for the postseason.

5. Better Competition

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5. Better Competition

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Seriously, nobody wants to watch the Pacers sweep the Hawks in the first round. Nobody. Heck, the Hawks have a losing record! How the heck are they in the playoffs? Oh, yeah — over half the league gets in. And we’re going to make the Pacers play a best-of-seven series against a team that should get a lottery pick? C’mon, man.

4. Better Chance of Best Teams Reaching the Finals

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4. Better Chance of Best Teams Reaching the Finals

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As safe as it is to assume the Pacers would beat the Hawks handedly in the first round, in recent years we saw a No. 8 seed knock off a No. 1 seed and then get cremated in the second round. This made for less-exciting Conference Finals and left us wondering if the best team in the league really won the title.

3. Less Tanking

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3. Less Tanking

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Since over half the teams in the league make the playoffs, it’s pretty clear which teams aren’t going to get in, so the tanking starts early. Near the end of the season, there are only a few teams really fighting for a playoff spot but if the number of spots was reduced then the number of teams fighting would increase. Then we’d have less seasons like this one, in which there are really only 29 teams since the 76ers aren’t actually trying to win.

2. More Interest in First Three Rounds

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2. More Interest in First Three Rounds

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You’ve probably heard multiple casual NBA fans say “let me know when it’s time for the Finals” at the start of the playoffs. There’s a reason for that: the first couple of rounds are incredibly boring for the most part. Sure, the 4-5 matchups are typically decent, but the 1-8 and 2-7 contests are hardly ever competitive. Get rid of those and more people might watch during the month of May.

1. More Meaningful Regular Season

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1. More Meaningful Regular Season

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Right now, 30 teams play 82 games for 16 playoff spots. There are so many games in which teams rest their star players for multiple reasons, one of which is tanking. With fewer playoff spots up for grabs, those games would become much more valuable, and thus more competitive. If we can’t have a reduced regular season, let’s at least make it more meaningful.