The NBA Eastern Conference Finals will decide which team in the East is heading to the NBA Finals. The champion of the East will play the winner of the Western Conference Finals for the right to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
The Eastern Conference Finals have produced some extraordinary basketball over the years. The 15 Eastern Conference teams fight all season long to obtain one of the eight spots allocated for postseason play in the NBA Playoffs. The first step is getting past the first round, which will cut the competition in half and send four teams to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The semifinal winners will then advance to the conference finals for a shot at competing in the NBA Finals.
The Eastern Conference Finals follow a best-of-seven format with a home-court schedule of 2-2-1-1-1. The first two games of the series will be hosted by the higher seed, as well as games 5 and 7, if necessary. The opponent will host games 3 and 4, and 6, if necessary. In all rounds of the NBA Playoffs home-court advantage is determined by seeding.
Eastern Conference Teams: