Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sixers Seeding Doesn't Matter

Sixers seeding won't matter much.

Sixers Seeding Doesn't Matter

With one night left in the NBA season, the Sixers still have a shot of moving up one slot to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Historically, it won't matter.

Since the NBA went to a 16-team postseason in 1984, the No 8 seed is just 4-52 vs. the conference top seed in the first round. But the No. 7 seed isn't much better (5-51). And when it comes to the Eastern Conference, there is no difference (both are 1-27). In fact, those two East wins were the same team (Knicks) in consecutive seasons (1998 and 1999) upsetting the same club (Heat), both best-of-five series.

Here are the first-round records for the NBA's No. 7 and No. 8 seeds:

 No. 8 Seeds vs. No. 1 4-52  1-27  3-25 
   Best of Seven (2003-11)      2-16  0-  9  2-  7 
   Best of Five (1984-02) 2-36  1-18  1-18 
 No. 7 Seeds vs. No. 2 5-51  1-27  4-24 
   Best of Seven (2003-11) 1-17  0-  9  1-  8 
   Best of Five (1984-02) 4-34  1-18  3-16 
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