The current series between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics has proven exactly why the NBA Playoffs are more exciting than the NHL Playoffs.
Obviously, this series has contained some events that are somewhat out of the ordinary for the NBA Playoffs. But it just goes to show what is possible in the postseason.
There are a number of up-and-coming stars, such as Derrick Rose, that are finally getting a chance to show the world what they are capable of on a stage that the NHL Playoffs could never provide.
So why is it that more fans are drawn to the NBA than the NHL?
Basketball is a game that is much more relatable to many people than hockey is.
While the rules of hockey remain confusing and unusual to the vast majority of the population, basketball is a game that has always been popular with the public. People are more familiar with the players and teams, which of course makes the game much easier and more fun to watch.
– D.J. Piehowski
As the NHL playoffs continue, fans find themselves sitting on the edge of their seats to see what will happen next. When it comes to a playoff series, the NHL playoffs just can’t be matched.
The exciting differences in overtime also make the NHL more thrilling than the NBA playoffs. Overtime in the NBA has a set time, while in the NHL, it is sudden death.
In hockey, any team could end up winning the playoffs because the game’s best player doesn’t mean anything. NHL teams depend on every player to perform well togethe. In the NBA a really good player alongside a few mediocre players, can win it all.
This makes it so any team can come into the playoffs and win, unlike the NBA where you can basically narrow it down to the L.A. Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
In NHL, this is different because any team, such as Chicago Blackhawks who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, stands a chance to win.
– Jeri Kohn