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1948 BAA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Baltimore Bullets Buddy Jeannette 4
Philadelphia Warriors Eddie Gottlieb 2
Dates: April 10–21
Eastern Finals: Warriors defeated Bombers, 4–3
(Eastern and Western champions)
Western Finals: Bullets defeated Stags, 2–0
(Runners-up bracket)

The 1948 BAA Finals was the championship round of the Basketball Association of America's 1947–48 season.

The defending BAA champion Philadelphia Warriors of the Eastern Division faced the Baltimore Bullets of the Western Division, with Philadelphia having home court advantage.

Baltimore was not the Western Division champion but advanced to the championship round by winning a four-team playoff among the Eastern and Western Division runners-up. Meanwhile, the Eastern and Western Division champions, Philadelphia Warriors and St. Louis Bombers, played one long series to determine the other finalist, a best-of-seven series that Philadelphia won 4–3. In the runners-up bracket, Baltimore and Chicago from the West had first eliminated New York and Boston from the East, then faced each other in a best-of-three series. The format was used only twice, in 1947 and 1948, and generated two champions from the runners-up bracket.

The six games of the final series were played in twelve days, with at least one day off except prior to the decisive game. Division champions Philadelphia and St. Louis had played the seven games of their semifinal series in fifteen days, March 23 to April 6, with at least one day off before every game. The entire playoff tournament extended 30 days.

1948 BAA Playoffs

There were no byes. Western and Eastern champions St. Louis and Philadelphia immediately played a long semifinal series with St. Louis having home-court advantage. Philadelphia won the seventh game in St. Louis, 85–46, two days before Baltimore concluded its sequence of tie-breaker (not shown) and two short series with other runners-up.

Baltimore Bullets (Western Division Champion) Philadelphia Warriors (Eastern Division Champion)
28–20 (.583)

2nd Western, 1st Overall

Regular season 27–21 (.563)

1st Eastern, 5th Overall

Defeated the (2) New York Knicks, 2–1 First Round Immediately advanced to the BAA Semifinals, having won the Eastern Division.
Defeated the (3) Chicago Stags, 2–0 BAA Semifinals Defeated the (1) St. Louis Bombers, 4–3

Series summary

Game Date Away Team Result Home Team
Game 1 April 10 Baltimore 60–71 Philadelphia
Game 2 April 13 Baltimore 66–63 Philadelphia
Game 3 April 15 Philadelphia 70–72 Baltimore
Game 4 April 17 Philadelphia 75–78 Baltimore
Game 5 April 20 Baltimore 82–91 Philadelphia
Game 6 April 21 Philadelphia 73–88 Baltimore
Preceded by
BAA Finals
Succeeded by