Why do division leaders get a top seed in the playoffs? 
I really don't understand the reason for giving each division winner a top 3 playoff seed? The need for the divisions themselves are understood - rivalry development, minimizing travel, etc but why the playoff advantage?

The NHL has a bad situation with three divisions making it very common to have a much inferior team getting the home dates in the post season but I checked out the situation in the NBA right now.

Philly has the second seed in the conference due to their lead in the Atlantic division - they have a .500 record! Four other teams are below them in the conference standings with superior records.

This won't last the NBA season but for the NHL such a situation is commonplace.

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