Central Division (NBA)

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The Central Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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Eastern Conference (NBA)

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The Central Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
This necessitated the move of the New Orleans Pelicans from the Eastern Conference's Central Division to the newly created Southwest Division of the Western Conference.

Chicago Bulls

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The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

Indiana Pacers

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The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

Milwaukee Bucks

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The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

List of NBA champions

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Eleven NBA champions came from the Central Division.
All Finals have been played in a best-of-seven format, and are contested between the winners of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference (formerly Divisions before 1970), except in when the Eastern Division champion faced the winner between the Western and Central Division champions.

Southeast Division (NBA)

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The Hawks joined from the Central Division, while the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards joined from the Atlantic Division.

Western Conference (NBA)

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The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference.

Midwest Division (NBA)

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All teams, except the Cavaliers, are former Midwest Division teams, hence the Central Division now largely resembling the Midwest Division in the 1970s.

Southwest Division (NBA)

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The Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies and the Spurs joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division, while the Pelicans joined from the Central Division.

National Basketball Association

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The Central Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2005–06 NBA season

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In the 2005–06 season, all five teams from the division qualified for the playoffs.

Toronto Raptors

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The team originally competed in the Central Division, and before the inaugural season began, sales of Raptors merchandise ranked seventh in the league, marking a successful return of professional basketball to Canada.

2011 NBA playoffs

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The Chicago Bulls achieved several "firsts" since 1998: the East's best record, a Central Division title, and over 60 victories.

1988 NBA Finals

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The 1987–88 season marked a further ascension for the franchise, as Detroit won the Central Division title with a 54–28 record.

2013 NBA playoffs

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The Indiana Pacers won the Central Division for the first time since, while the Los Angeles Clippers made franchise history by winning their first Pacific Division title and having a 56-win season, tied with the Memphis Grizzlies, whose 56 wins were also a franchise record.

Detroit Pistons

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The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. The division consisted of five teams, the Chicago Stags, the Fort Wayne Pistons, the Minneapolis Lakers, the Rochester Royals and the St. Louis Bombers.
The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division and plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena, located in Midtown.

NBA Conference Finals

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The number of teams competed increased to 17 and the league realigned itself to three divisions, creating the Central Division.

Chicago Stags

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The division consisted of five teams, the Chicago Stags, the Fort Wayne Pistons, the Minneapolis Lakers, the Rochester Royals and the St. Louis Bombers.

1970–71 NBA season

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The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Buffalo Braves

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The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland Trail Blazers

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The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers.