The NBA Playoff picture

By Amsu Warner

The 2017-2018 NBA Playoffs are approaching as the regular season comes to an end. The playoff race has been tight in each conference as teams across the league attempt to secure one of the eight seeds.

For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are no longer the team to beat in the east, as they have dropped to the No. 3 seed, just two spots ahead of Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers.

Currently, the underdog, the Toronto Raptors, are No. 1 in the Eastern Conference, with an overall record of 52-18. The Toronto Raptors have taken The League by storm, ending the Houston Rockets’ 17 game winning streak.

The Boston Celtics, the Indiana Pacers, the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat have a 98 to 99 percent chance of making the Eastern Conference playoffs, according to

Out in the Western Conference of the NBA, the dynamic duo of Chris Paul and James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, have played consistently all season, earning the No. 1 spot in The West.

They currently have a 56-14 record, as the Golden State Warriors trail three games behind them clinching the No. 2 spot in the west.

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers, have won 11 consecutive games, surprising the league by earing the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference.

The Oklahoma City Thunder also look to secure a playoff spot, as the No. 4 in the Western Conference, with the Utah Jazz, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs close behind.