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From the NBA's press release:

As part of the modifications, the eight playoff teams in each conference will be seeded in order of their regular-season record. Most recently, every division winner was guaranteed a top four seed in its respective conference regardless of its record but did not receive home-court advantage if its playoff opponent had a better record.

The Board also approved changes to tiebreak criteria for playoff seeding and home-court advantage. Head-to-head results have become the first criterion to break ties for playoff seeding and home-court advantage between two teams with identical regular-season records; the second criterion is whether a team won its division. Under the old tiebreak system, a division winner was awarded the higher seed and received home-court advantage in a series if the two teams met in the playoffs.

The NBA’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended each of these changes prior to the Board of Governors vote.

Sauce

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sauce1977
Sep. 10th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with top eight per conference but the top 16 and no conferences would be a disaster. Think of the ratings dearth when 4 Eastern teams out of 16 in that scenario get knocked out 1st round ... the more populous half of the country wouldn't bother watching (people are largely not like us, where we'll watch anything basketball).

Would def kill TV deal values for them, so I think this is the limit as far as their re-engineering is concerned.
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