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NBA standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs

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

There is an added degree of intrigue this 12 months 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. Instead of the normal eight-team fields in every convention, a complete of 20 groups will take part in the postseason.

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

Here’s a snapshot of the present NBA playoff image, together with the complete standings for every convention.

NBA standings 2021: Eastern Conference

Seed Team Record Games again
1. 76ers* 44-21
2. Nets* 43-23 1.5
3. Bucks* 41-24 3
4. Knicks 37-28 7
5. Hawks 36-30 8.5
6. Heat 35-31 9.5
7. Celtics 34-31 10
8. Hornets 32-33 12
9. Pacers 30-34 13.5
10. Wizards 30-35 14
Raptors 27-39 17.5
Bulls 26-39 18
Magic 21-44 23
Cavaliers 21-44 23
Pistons 19-47 25.5

*clinched playoff berth
Eliminated from playoff competition: Cavaliers, Magic, Pistons

NBA standings 2021: Western Conference

Seed Team Record Games again
1. Suns* 47-18
2. Jazz* 47-18
3. Clippers* 44-22 3.5
4. Nuggets* 43-22 4
5. Mavericks 37-28 10
6. Lakers 37-28 10
7. Trail Blazers 36-29 11
8. Warriors 33-33 14.5
9. Grizzlies 32-32 14.5
10. Spurs 31-33 15.5
Pelicans 30-36 17.5
Kings 28-37 19
Thunder 21-45 26.5
Timberwolves 20-45 27
Rockets 16-49 31

*clinched playoff berth
Eliminated from playoff competition: Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves

How does the NBA play-in event work?

  • The play-in event will likely 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 in the standings of every convention will likely be assured playoff spots, and groups Nos. 7-10 will enter the play-in event.
  • The No. 7 staff will face the No. 8 staff, and the winner will earn the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. The loser will nonetheless have yet one more alternative to achieve the playoffs.
  • The No. 9 staff will face the No. 10 staff, and the winner will advance to play towards the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 sport. The loser of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 sport will likely be eradicated from playoff competition.
  • The loser from the No. 7 vs. No. 8 sport and the winner from the No. 9 vs. No. 10 sport will then play towards one another. The winner of that sport would be the No. 8 seed in the playoffs, and the loser will likely be eradicated from playoff competition.

NBA playoff image: Seeding breakdowns

(Remaining power of schedule through Tankathon and playoff chance through FiveThirtyEight)

Eastern Conference

1. 76ers

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .376

Playoff chance: In

2. Nets

Remaining video games: 6

Remaining power of schedule: .473

Playoff chance: In

3. Bucks

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .416

Playoff chance: In

4. Knicks

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .589

Playoff chance: 97 %

5. Hawks

Remaining video games: 6

Remaining power of schedule: .447

Playoff chance: 99 %

6. Heat

Remaining video games: 6

Remaining power of schedule: .491

Playoff chance: 96 %

7. Celtics

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .427

Playoff chance: 98 %

8. Hornets

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .505

Playoff chance: 54 %

9. Pacers

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining power of schedule: .506

Playoff chance: 32 %

10. Wizards

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .488

Playoff chance: 19 %

Western Conference

1. Suns

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .530

Playoff chance: In

2. Jazz

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .456

Playoff chance: In

3. Clippers

Remaining video games: 6

Remaining power of schedule: .434

Playoff chance: In

4. Nuggets

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .512

Playoff chance: In

5. Mavericks

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .425

Playoff chance: 99 %

6. Lakers

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .526

Playoff chance: 98 %

7. Trail Blazers

Remaining video games: 7

Remaining power of schedule: .533

Playoff chance: 95 %

8. Warriors

Remaining video games: 6

Remaining power of schedule: .505

Playoff chance: 57 %

9. Grizzlies

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining power of schedule: .424

Playoff chance: 37 %

10. Spurs

Remaining video games: 8

Remaining power of schedule: .626

Playoff chance: 7 %

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