NBA Standings & Playoff Picture for December 17

Lebron James and the Cavs are fighting for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. (Getty)

Lebron James and the Cavs are fighting for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. (Getty)

It is hard to believe but 30% of the NBA season has already been completed. The East is defined by parity while the West is led by the Warriors and Spurs. Between the Warriors quest to break the 72-win mark along with the close playoff race in both conferences, the NBA is shaping up to have an exciting finish. Heavy breaks down all the division races and takes an early look at the playoff race. Keep in mind the NBA restructured the playoff format. Seeding is only based on overall record not division winners.

Here is a look at the Eastern Conference standings:


Atlantic

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, standings, playoff picture

The Raptors have a two-game lead in the Atlantic. (Getty)

1. Toronto Raptors

Record: 16-10 Current Seed in the East: 5th

2. Boston Celtics

Record: 14-12 Current Seed in the East: 10th

3. New York Knicks

Record: 12-14 Current Seed in the East: 11th

4. Brooklyn Nets

Record: 7-18 Current Seed in the East: 14th

5. Philadelphia 76ers

Record: 1-26 Current Seed in the East: 15th


Central

Lebron James, Cleveland Cavs,  nba standings, playoff picture

The Cavs are the leaders in the Central division. (Getty)

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Record: 16-7 Current Seed in the East: 1st

2. Chicago Bulls

Record: 15-8 Current Seed in the East: 2nd

3. Indiana Pacers

Record: 15-9 Current Seed in the East: 3rd

4. Detroit Pistons

Record: 15-12 Current Seed in the East: 8th

5. Milwaukee Bucks

Record: 10-17 Current Seed in the East: 13th


Southeast

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat, NBA standings, playoff picture

The Miami Heat are the leaders of the Southeast. (Getty)

1. Miami Heat

Record: 15-9 Current Seed in the East: 4th

2. Charlotte Hornets

Record: 14-10 Current Seed in the East: 6th

3. Orlando Magic

Record: 14-11 Current Seed in the East: 7th

4. Atlanta Hawks

Record: 15-12 Current Seed in the East: 9th

5. Washington Wizards

Record: 10-14 Current Seed in the East: 12th


Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

Cleveland Cavaliers, standings, eastern conference, playoff race, records

The Cavs have a narrow lead at the top of the Eastern Conference. (Getty)

The difference between the first and the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference is 3.5 games. It is a very close race early on with a number of teams bunched together from three to ten. The Cavaliers find themselves at the top of the Eastern standings but only lead the Bulls by one game.

Here is a look at the Eastern Conference playoff standings:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (16-7)

2. Chicago Bulls (15-8)

3. Indiana Pacers (15-9)

4. Miami Heat (15-9)

5. Toronto Raptors (16-10)

6. Charlotte Hornets (14-10)

7. Orlando Magic (14-11)

8. Detroit Pistons (15-12)


Click the next page button to see the Western Conference standings and the current playoff seeding.

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