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Free Printable NBA Basketball Brackets
Updated: April 2024

The NBA playoffs are off to an eventful start and should provide plenty of entertainment as we head to the NBA Finals in June. Can the Golden State Warriors get back to the finals and defend their title?


Will the finals feature the Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks for the first time in the NBA history? The next several weeks will yield the answers to those questions and more. Here’s a preview of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

2022 NBA Playoffs Bracket

2018 NBA Playoffs Printable Bracket

Fillable Bracket Features

You get a lot more options in the fillable bracket than you do in the standard Printable NBA Playoff Bracket. We developed this bracket to be customizable, allowing you to fill in the points per round in the topmost row, and entering special instructions, rules and notes in the large blank space situated in the middle of the lower half of the bracket. Don’t forget, you also have the option of leaving any of the blue fields blank, which will show up as empty space when you print.

The latest version of Adobe Reader gives you even more functions. For instance, you can allow participants to fill out the bracket and then send their picks in by email. The bracket can also be saved, updated, emailed, or printed.


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If you’ve run one of the traditional March Madness pools, then you will be familiar with how this system works – with the goal being to correctly navigate the teams through the bracket. Every correct pick from a round is awarded a certain number of points, and the person with the most points at the end wins the prize.


There are also a couple of other ideas for pools you can run while the playoffs continue. The first is called the NBA Playoff Squares. This is similar to the Super Bowl Squares but instead of numbers you will be writing the team names in the top row for the Eastern Conference, and in the left column goes the Western Conference. A square which intersects the two teams who make it to the NBA finals is the winner.

The second idea is called the NBA Playoff Confidence Pool where each participant ranks each playoff team with a score between 1 and 16. A winning team is then awarded the corresponding number of points.

Running the NBA Bracket Pool


1. Print off as many brackets as you need for the number of people you think will be interested in participating in the pool.


2. Pass out the brackets to as many people as you can think of, including friends, family, co-workers, or even distant relatives. Every person is then required to fill out the bracket with the team they are confident will win each series. If there’s a tie you can have each person jot down what they think the total number of points in the final game of the championship will be, or you could get creative and come up with your own idea; for example, the total points scored throughout the entire championship.


3. Gather up all of the brackets before the playoffs start and, just to keep it interesting, you might like to print off and give each participant a copy of every other persons’ entry. It’s a lot of printing but it increases the fun with everybody able to check up on the competition, and also ensures that the pool is being run fairly.


4. A set number of points are assigned to each round (whatever you come up with is fine), but make sure you alert all of the participants as to exactly what the scoring system is. Our preferred scoring system is:


First round = 1 point
Semifinals = 2 points
Conference finals = 3 points
Championship = 5 points


Once the championship game is complete tally up the total number of points for each participant – with the winner being the one with the most points.


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