2005 NBA Playoff Facts and Information

The NBA playoffs are organized into four rounds as listed below. If every series goes to the maximum number of games, a team can play as many as 28 games. If a team has home court advantage, they may play as many as 16 home games during the four rounds.

The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. The team with the best record in each conference is seeded No. 1, the other two division winners is will be seeded No. 2 and No. 3 based on their win-loss record. The remaining six five teams are seeded Nos. 4-8 according to their win-loss records. (Home court advantage in all playoff series is determined by better win-loss record, not higher seeding.) In the event two or more teams are tied in the standings, a series of tie-breakers are applied to determine which team receives the higher seeding.

Two-Team Tie-breaker
1. Better record in head-to-head games
2. Higher winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
3. Higher winning percentage in conference games
4. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
5. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference
6. Higher point differential between points scored and points allowed

Three-Team Tie-breaker
1. Best head-to-head winning percentage among all teams tied
2. Highest winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
3. Highest winning percentage in conference games
4. Highest winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
5. Highest point differential between points scored and points allowed

Round 1 Conference Quarterfinals Should start April 23
Best of 7 (2 games, travel, 2 games, travel, 1 game, travel, 1 game, travel, 1 game)
Round 2 Conference Semifinals Should start May 9 (possible move up to May 7 or 8)
Best of 7 (2 games, travel, 2 games, travel, 1 game, travel, 1 game, travel, 1 game)
Round 3 Eastern Conference Finals Should start May 24 (possible move up to May 22 or 23)
Best of 7 (2 games, travel, 2 games, travel, 1 game, travel, 1 game, travel, 1 game)
Round 4 NBA Finals Should start June 9 (possible move up to June 7)
Best of 7 (2 games, travel, 3 games, travel, 2 games)

All references to dates are subject to change and are provided only as a general guideline. Check celtics.com for specific playoff game dates and times on April 21st.

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