2018 FBA Playoffs

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The 2018 FBA Playoffs is the post-season tournament of the Furry Basketball Association's 2017-18 season. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 and is slated to finish by Friday, June 22nd, 2018. It will be the first playoffs overseen by Commissioner Hugo Livingstone.

Format

All rounds are best-of-seven series; the team that has four wins advances to the next round. Each round follows a 2H–2L-1H–1L–1H format, where H represents games hosted by the team with the better seed, and L represents games hosted by the team with the worse seed. Home court advantage in the first three rounds belongs to the better-seeded team, even if the worse-seeded team had a better regular season record. Home court advantage in the FBA Finals is determined by regular season record, followed by playoff winning percentage, then head-to-head record, followed by record vs. opposite conference.

Seeding

Within each conference, the three division winners and the five non-division winners with the most wins qualify for the playoffs. Each conference's bracket is fixed; there is no reseeding. The seedings are based on each team's record; however, the division winners are guaranteed to be ranked at least fourth, regardless of record. This allows one non-division winner to benefit from a superior record than other division winners by taking a higher seed in the playoffs.

Tiebreakers

The tiebreakers that determine seedings are:

  1. Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division (only when determining 4th seed)
  2. Overall record
  3. Conference record
  4. Division record (for the tied teams that are in the same division)
  5. Home game record
  6. Head-to-head record
  7. Rank from last season

If there are more than two teams tied, the team that wins the tiebreaker gets the best seed, while the other teams are "re-broken" from the first step until all ties are resolved. Since the three division winners are guaranteed a spot in the top four, ties to determine the division winners have to be broken prior to resolving any other ties.

Playoff Chase

When a date is listed, that is when the team clinched the indicated category. Numbers in brackets are wins needed to clinch. Numbers without brackets indicate number of games behind.

Eastern Conference

Rank Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
1 Bangor Tides 58-19 Mar 12 Mar 12 Mar 28
2 Tennessee Moonshiners 46-31 Mar 30 (5) -
3 Biloxi Voodoo 45-32 Apr 3 1 -
4 Baltimore Spirits 44-33 Apr 3 (3) -
5 Williamsburg Minutemen 42-35 Apr 5 2 -
6 Pittsburgh Keystones 37-40 Apr 11 - -
7 Queens Pride 33-44 Apr 19 - -
8 Lorain Firestorm 29-48 (3) - -
9 Huntsville Mayors 29-48 1 - -
10 Tallahassee Typhoons 26-51 3 - -
11 Plymouth Taproots 22-55 - - -
12 Albany Alphas 20-57 - - -


Western Conference

Rank Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in Conference
1 Seattle Summit 57-19 Mar 23 Apr 4 0
2 Dakota Bikers 55-21 Mar 17 Mar 21 2
3 Alaska Arctics 53-23 Apr 2 Apr 15 4
4 Santa Ana Spectrums 46-30 Apr 9th - -
5 Montana Howlers 42-34 Apr 16th - -
6 Hawaii Kahunas 42-34 Apr 12th - -
7 Winnipeg Voyageurs 39-37 Apr 22nd - -
8 Edmonton Totems 38-38 (1) - -
9 Las Vegas Wildcards 34-42 4 - -
10 San Jose Thrust 33-43 - - -
11 Arizona Whips 24-52 - - -
12 Texas Lone Stars 24-52 - - -

Notes

a. When records are tied, notes will be placed here to distinguish which teams beat others and why.

Bracket

Teams in bold have advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Teams with home court advantage are shown in italics. Template:2018Playoffs

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