2016 NBA Playoff Schedule

Fillable 2016 NBA Playoff Bracket


The 2016 NBA Playoff schedule is set to kick off shortly after the regular season concludes on April 16th, 2016. Fans are already looking forward to the NBA postseason with the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs both having exceptionally good years. The defending champion Warriors will be looking to try to best the Chicago Bulls record for best regular season record; however, the Spurs are only lagging three games behind the much more vaunted Warriors heading into the last 14 games of the season. No matter what records fall, and what records do not; however, NBA fans are in for a treat this postseason. Although the lower tiers in the playoff matchup’s will likely go down the last few weeks of the season, the upper seedings for each conference also have some potential changes that can come about based on the results in the final two weeks of the 2016 NBA regular season. Everyone does wonder if the Eastern Conference will be able to keep up with whichever team comes out of the West based on performance during the regular season. Enjoy the NBA Playoffs!

2016 NBA Playoff Schedule Dates of Importance

October 27th, 2015 – 2015-2016 NBA Regular Season Begins
February 12-14, 2016- 2016 NBA All Star Weekend
April 13, 2016 – 2016 NBA Regular Season Concludes
April 16, 2016 – 2016 NBA Playoffs Begin
May 2, 2016 – 2016 NBA Conference Semifinals Begin (Note, can move up to April 30th or May 1st based on the outcome of the first round)
May 17, 2016 – NBA Conference Finals (2016) Begin (Note, can move up to May 15th or May 16th based on the outcome of previous rounds)
June 2, 2016 – 2016 NBA Finals Begin
June 23, 2016 – 2016 NBA Draft is set to begin

2016 NBA Playoffs Game Format and Seeding

Just after Labor Day in 2015, the NBA announced some big changes to how teams will be seeded for the 2016 NBA Playoffs. In past years, divisional champions were guaranteed to not have worse than a four seed in the playoffs, while the team with the second best record in the conference was guaranteed no worse than a two seed even if they were not a divisional champ. Beginning with the 2016 playoffs, all eight qualifying teams for the playoffs will be seeded only based on their regular season record. If there are two teams who are tied, then the team who wins the regular season series will earn the higher seed. If the teams break even during their regular season series, then whichever one is a divisional champ will win the tie breaker. For the actual matchups during the NBA Playoffs, the games will be played in a best four of seven game format in a 2-2-1-1-1 format in favor of the higher seeded team for home court matchups.

2016 NBA Playoff Bracket

2016 NBA Playoffs (Quarterfinals) Schedule

Dates: April 16th, 2016 until completed.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Round

NBA Playoff Schedule 2016
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers vs #8 Detroit Pistons
#2 Toronto Raptors vs #7 Indiana Pacers
#3 Miami Heat vs #6 Charlotte Hornets
#4 Atlanta Hawks vs #5 Boston Celtics

2016 Western Conference Quarterfinals Round Schedule
NBA Playoff Schedule 2016
#1 Golden State Warriors vs #8 Houston Rockets
#2 San Antonio Spurs vs #7 Memphis Grizzlies
#3 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #6 Dallas Mavericks
#4 LA Clippers vs #5 Portland Trail Blazers

2016 NBA Playoffs (Conference Semifinals Round) Schedule

Dates: Begin shortly after the 2016 NBA Playoffs Quarterfinals Round is complete on or around May 2, 2016.
Eastern Conference Semifinals Round Schedule

NBA Playoff Schedule 2016
Winner #1/#8 Seed vs Winner #4/#5 Seed
Winner #2/#7 Seed vs Winner #3/#6 Seed

Western Conference Semifinals Round Schedule
NBA Playoff Schedule 2016
Winner #1/#8 Seed vs Winner #4/#5 Seed
Winner #2/#7 Seed vs Winner #3/#6 Seed

2016 NBA Playoffs (Conference Finals Round) Schedule

Dates: The notional start date of the 2016 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals Round is set for May 17th, 2016 but is subject to change based on when the Quarterfinals round series are complete. This round can be moved up to 7-10 days early depending on the results of the first round of play in the NBA Playoffs.
NBA Playoff Schedule Eastern Conference NBA Playoff Schedule

Printable NBA Playoffs
Winner 2016 NBA Playoffs Semifinals Round #1 vs Winner 2016 NBA Playoffs Semifinals Round #2

Western Conference NBA Playoff Schedule
NBA Playoff Schedule 2016
Winner 2016 NBA Playoffs Semifinals Round #1 vs Winner 2016 NBA Playoffs Semifinalsl Round #2

2016 NBA Playoff Championship Round Schedule

Dates: Commence on or about June 2th, 2016.
The 2016 NBA Finals will start on or about June 2nd, 2016 based on when the conference finals are over.
The game features the Eastern Conference Champion against the Western Conference Champion in a best of seven series.

Printable 2016 NBA Playoff Schedule

We have posted a blank 2016 NBA Playoff schedule that you can download to forecast the different playoff matchups before the final NBA Playoff schedule is released. We have also posted a complete, fillable 2016 NBA Playoff bracket here that you can use to follow the action. Enjoy.

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