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

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

Get ready, basketball fans. The 2021 NBA playoffs are almost here.

There’s an added level of intrigue this year as the league implements a new version of the play-in tournament first seen in the “bubble” of Florida amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the traditional fields with eight teams in each conference, a total of 20 teams will attend the postseason.

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With multiple competitors battling it out for playoff positioning, the final section of the regular season should be entertaining.

Here is a snapshot of the current NBA playoff picture, including the full leaderboard for each conference.

2021 NBA Ranking: Eastern Conference

Seeds team recording Play back
1. 76ers * 43-21 – –
2. Networks * 43-22 0.5
3. Dollar * 40-24 3
4th Curtsey 36-28 7th
5. Hawks 35-30 8.5
6th heat 35-30 8.5
7th Celts 34-31 9.5
8th. Hornets 31-33 12th
9. Pacemaker 30-33 12.5
10. wizard 29-35 14th
– – Raptors 27-38 16.5
– – cops 26-38 17th
– – Cavaliers 21-43 22nd
– – magic 20-44 23
– – piston 19-45 24

* Playoff berth won
Excluded from the playoff competition: Magic, Pistons

NBA Ranking 2021: Western Conference

Seeds team recording Play back
1. To sunbathe * 46-18 – –
2. Jazz* 46-18 – –
3. Nuggets 43-21 3
4th Clippers * 43-22 3.5
5. outsider 36-28 10
6th Lakers 36-28 10
7th Trail blazer 36-28 10
8th. Grizzlies 32-31 13.5
9. warrior 32-32 14th
10. Spurs 31-32 14.5
– – Pelicans 29-35 17th
– – Kings 27-37 19th
– – thunder 21-44 25.5
– – Timberwolves 20-45 26.5
– – Missiles 16-49 30.5

* Playoff berth won
Excluded from the playoff competition: Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves

How does the NBA play-in tournament work?

  • The play-in tournament will take place after the 2020-21 regular season has ended and before the start of the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. Teams that finish numbers 1 through 6 in the leaderboard for each conference will receive guaranteed playoff spots, and teams number 7 through 10 will take part in the play-in tournament.
  • Team # 7 will meet team # 8, and the winner will be ranked 7th in the playoffs. The loser still has a chance to reach the playoffs.
  • Team # 9 meets team # 10, and the winner takes on the loser of game # 7 against # 8. The loser of game no. 9 against no. 10 will be excluded from the playoff competition.
  • The loser from game no. 7 against no. 8 and the winner from game no. 9 against no. 10 then play against each other. The winner of that game will be number 8 in the playoffs and the loser will be eliminated from the playoff competition.

NBA Playoff Picture: Seeding Mishaps

(Remaining strength of the schedule over tankathon and playoff probability over FiveThirtyEight)

Eastern Conference

1. 76ers

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .380

Playoff probability: In

2. Networks

Remaining games: 7

Remaining strength of the schedule: .499

Playoff probability: In

3. money

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .448

Playoff probability: In

4. Knicks

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .578

Playoff probability: 93 percent

5. Hawks

Remaining games: 7

Remaining strength of the schedule: .460

Playoff probability: 99 percent

6. Heating

Remaining games: 7

Remaining strength of the schedule: .501

Playoff probability: 97 percent

7. Celtics

Remaining games: 7

Remaining strength of the schedule: .428

Playoff probability: 97 percent

8. Hornets

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .478

Playoff probability: 47 percent

9. Pacemaker

Remaining games: 9

Remaining strength of the schedule: .497

Playoff probability: 43 percent

10. Assistants

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .485

Playoff probability: 14 percent

Western Conference

1. Suns

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .505

Playoff probability: In

2. Jazz

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .463

Playoff probability: In

3. Nuggets

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .519

Playoff probability: 99 percent

4. Clippers

Remaining games: 7

Remaining strength of the schedule: .429

Playoff probability: In

5. Outsiders

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .443

Playoff probability: 97 percent

6. Lakers

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .544

Playoff probability: 98 percent

7. Trail blazer

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .534

Playoff probability: 97 percent

8. Grizzlies

Remaining games: 9

Remaining strength of the schedule: .438

Playoff probability: 46 percent

9. Warriors

Remaining games: 8

Remaining strength of the schedule: .493

Playoff probability: 46 percent

10. Spurs

Remaining games: 9

Remaining strength of the schedule: .634

Playoff probability: 7 percent