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NBA standings: Seeding eventualities, breakdown for last spots in 2021 playoffs


Brace yourselves, basketball followers. The 2021 NBA playoffs are virtually right here.

There’s an added stage of intrigue this yr with the league implementing a brand new model of the play-in event, which was first seen contained in the Florida “bubble” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As an alternative of the normal eight-team fields in every convention, a complete of 20 groups will take part within the postseason.

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With a number of contenders battling for playoff positioning, the ultimate stretch of the common season ought to present loads of leisure. 

This is a snapshot of the present NBA playoff image, together with the complete standings for every convention.

NBA standings 2021: Jap Convention

Seed Staff Document Video games again
1. 76ers* 43-21
2. Nets* 43-22 0.5
3. Bucks* 40-24 3
4. Knicks 36-28 7
5. Hawks 35-30 8.5
6. Warmth 35-30 8.5
7. Celtics 34-31 9.5
8. Hornets 31-33 12
9. Pacers 30-33 12.5
10. Wizards 29-35 14
Raptors 27-38 16.5
Bulls 26-38 17
Cavaliers 21-43 22
Magic 20-44 23
Pistons 19-45 24

*clinched playoff berth
Eradicated from playoff rivalry: Magic, Pistons

NBA standings 2021: Western Convention

Seed Staff Document Video games again
1. Suns* 46-18
2. Jazz* 46-18
3. Nuggets 43-21 3
4. Clippers* 43-22 3.5
5. Mavericks 36-28 10
6. Lakers 36-28 10
7. Path Blazers 36-28 10
8. Grizzlies 32-31 13.5
9. Warriors 32-32 14
10. Spurs 31-32 14.5
Pelicans 29-35 17
Kings 27-37 19
Thunder 21-44 25.5
Timberwolves 20-45 26.5
Rockets 16-49 30.5

*clinched playoff berth
Eradicated from playoff rivalry: Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves

How does the NBA play-in event work?

  • The play-in event might be held after the conclusion of the 2020-21 common season and earlier than the beginning of the primary spherical of the 2021 NBA playoffs. The groups that end Nos. 1-6 within the standings of every convention might be assured playoff spots, and groups Nos. 7-10 will enter the play-in event.
  • The No. 7 staff will face the No. Eight staff, and the winner will earn the No. 7 seed within the playoffs. The loser will nonetheless have another alternative to succeed in the playoffs.
  • The No. 9 staff will face the No. 10 staff, and the winner will advance to play in opposition to the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. Eight recreation. The loser of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 recreation might be eradicated from playoff rivalry.
  • The loser from the No. 7 vs. No. Eight recreation and the winner from the No. 9 vs. No. 10 recreation will then play in opposition to one another. The winner of that recreation would be the No. Eight seed within the playoffs, and the loser might be eradicated from playoff rivalry.

NBA playoff image: Seeding breakdowns

(Remaining energy of schedule through Tankathon and playoff likelihood through FiveThirtyEight)

Jap Convention

1. 76ers

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .380

Playoff likelihood: In

2. Nets

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining energy of schedule: .499

Playoff likelihood: In

3. Bucks

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .448

Playoff likelihood: In

4. Knicks

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .578

Playoff likelihood: 93 %

5. Hawks

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining energy of schedule: .460

Playoff likelihood: 99 %

6. Warmth

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining energy of schedule: .501

Playoff likelihood: 97 %

7. Celtics

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining energy of schedule: .428

Playoff likelihood: 97 %

8. Hornets

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .478

Playoff likelihood: 47 %

9. Pacers

Remaining video games: 9

Remaining energy of schedule: .497

Playoff likelihood: 43 %

10. Wizards

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .485

Playoff likelihood: 14 %

Western Convention

1. Suns

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .505

Playoff likelihood: In

2. Jazz

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .463

Playoff likelihood: In

3. Nuggets

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .519

Playoff likelihood: 99 %

4. Clippers

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining energy of schedule: .429

Playoff likelihood: In

5. Mavericks

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .443

Playoff likelihood: 97 %

6. Lakers

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .544

Playoff likelihood: 98 %

7. Path Blazers

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .534

Playoff likelihood: 97 %

8. Grizzlies

Remaining video games: 9

Remaining energy of schedule: .438

Playoff likelihood: 46 %

9. Warriors

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining energy of schedule: .493

Playoff likelihood: 46 %

10. Spurs

Remaining video games: 9

Remaining energy of schedule: .634

Playoff likelihood: 7 %




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