ESPN.com – The NBA playoffs are officially over.
The NBA Finals are set to kick off next week.
But there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Here are some questions to ponder when you think about what could happen if the playoffs were to get off to a better start.
What if the Cleveland Cavaliers, who swept the Cleveland Warriors in the first round last year, were to take home the NBA title?
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs would be the favorites to capture their fourth consecutive title.
Cleveland, which will play at the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, is favored by a total of 15.8 points per 100 possessions.
That’s a .721 win percentage over the Warriors, who are favored by .903.
What if the Chicago Bulls, who won the 2016 title with Kevin Love in the starting lineup, were swept by the Cleveland Browns?
Cleveland is favored to win by .500.
Cleveland is a win away from becoming the first team since the 1980-81 Miami Heat to repeat.
The Bulls, led by Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, are coming off a 104-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
How many of these teams can finish with at least a 20-win record and a .600 winning percentage?
Chicago, which is currently tied with Milwaukee for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, is .500 to the Bucks and .500 on the road.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are tied with Philadelphia for the worst record in a conference.
How many teams could finish with a winning percentage of at least .600?
It’s a very tough question.
The Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons are the only teams that are within one game of .600.
The only other teams that could get there are the Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets, all of whom are tied for the third-worst record in their respective conferences.
How do the Celtics and the Nets get back to .500?
The Boston Celtics are tied at .500 with Milwaukee and the Brooklyn Nets are tied in the race for a tiebreaker over Philadelphia.
Boston is .515 to Milwaukee, and the Bucks are .500 behind Milwaukee.
If the Nets can get past the Bucks, they would likely be one of the top seeds in the East.
If both teams finish .500 or better, the Nets would be favored by five points or more.
The Pistons have a .500 record.
Detroit is .523 to the Chicago Blackhawks and .526 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
If Detroit wins, it would be one victory from the Chicago Firemans championship.
If Chicago wins, the Pistons would have to win four of their next five games to make the playoffs.
How likely is it that the Cavaliers and Warriors will go for the championship?
The Warriors and Cavs have the second and third-best records in the NBA.
If either team wins the NBA championship, it will be the first time in the last 27 years that two teams have gone for the title in the same season.
That said, the Warriors are already two wins away from matching the record for most wins in a season.
The Cavaliers have a 12-game winning streak.
Cleveland has a three-game win streak, which would set the record.
The Cavs are also just one win away of matching the team record for playoff wins in the history of the franchise.
The Cavs are favored to make it to the conference finals.
Cleveland and Milwaukee are tied on the first-place tiebreaker.
The Cavaliers and Celtics are the two teams that will play for the No. 3 seed in the conference.
If the Warriors and Cavaliers go for a championship, who is going to be in the top five in the league?
Kevin Durant is tied for fourth place in the MVP voting with MVP Kevin Love.
Durant has been MVP since June 8 and Love has been the league MVP since April 10.
If Durant and Love win the MVP awards, they will be tied for second place with Carmelo Anthony, who has won four titles.
Durant, who also leads the league in scoring, is the most productive player in the sport, averaging 26.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Love is averaging 22.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
Durant and LeBron James have won the MVP in each of the last two seasons, but the Warriors have been in the mix since Love was named MVP in 2011.
How do you figure out which of the Warriors players is the best in the game?
Both Durant and James are elite.
The Warriors have a lot more players than the Cavs.
The Warriors are favored in six of the seven matchups.
The best matchup for the Warriors is against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Golden State has won the past five meetings with the Lakers.
The next best matchup is against Cleveland.
The Golden State Warriors are 7-2 against the Cavaliers this season.
How would the Cavs fare against the Warriors?
Cleveland has won five of the past six matchups against Golden State.
The most recent matchup was the 2013 Western Conference Finals when the