NBA Standings: Playoff Picture & East-West Conference Matchups

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Getty The Timberwolves are battling the Nuggets for the final playoff spot.

The NBA playoff picture is beginning to become clearer. Heading into the final night of games, 15 of 16 playoff teams have been determined. Heavy will be updating these NBA standings as games go final tonight.

The entire Eastern Conference field has been set, but the order has yet to be determined. The Toronto Raptors will be the No. 1 seed, and the Boston Celtics have secured the No. 2 seed. Both teams are awaiting to see if the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat or Washington Wizards will be their opponent.

In the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets are the top seed, and would also have home court advantage if they ended up facing the Raptors in the NBA finals. The Rockets will face either the Timberwolves or Nuggets in the first round. Minnesota takes on Denver tonight for the one remaining NBA playoff spot. The Golden State Warriors are the No. 2 seed, and will face the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs or New Orleans Pelicans in the opening round.

One of the biggest playoff battles is for the No. 3 seed in the West between the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers. The two teams square off tonight with the winner securing the No. 3 seed.

Eight of tonight’s games have some sort of playoff implications. The Wizards take on the Magic as Washington tries to better their No. 8 seed. Cleveland takes on New York as the Cavs can move as high as No. 3 in the East. The Bucks take on the Sixers with both teams jockeying for position inside the East. Portland and San Antonio have identical records and square off tonight. Both teams have a chance to secure home court advantage in the first round. Toronto takes on Miami in a game that could offer a preview of their first round matchup. The Raptors spot is locked in, but the Heat could move up in the Eastern Conference standings with win.

Here’s a look at the current NBA standings which will be updated as games are completed tonight. Teams in bold have locked in their current seed.


NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Standings

TEAMS WINS LOSSES GB
1. Toronto Raptors 59 23
2. Boston Celtics 55 27 4
3. Philadelphia Sixers 52 30 7
4. Cleveland Cavs 50 32 9
5. Indiana Pacers 48 34 11
6. Miami Heat 44 38 15
7. Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 15
8. Washington Wizards 43 39 16
9. Detroit Pistons 39 43 20
10. Charlotte Hornets 36 46 23
11. New York Knicks 29 53 30
12. Brooklyn Nets 28 54 31
13. Chicago Bulls 27 55 32
14. Orlando Magic 25 57 34
15. Atlanta Hawks 24 58 35

NBA Western Conference Playoff Standings

TEAM WINS LOSSES GB
1. Houston Rockets 65 16
2. Golden State Warriors 58 24 7.5
3. Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 17
4. OKC Thunder 48 34 17
5. Utah Jazz 48 34 17.5
6.  New Orleans Pelicans 48 34 17.5
7. San Antonio Spurs 47 35 18.5
8. Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 18.5
9. Denver Nuggets 46 36 19.5
10. L.A. Clippers 42 39 23
11. L.A. Lakers 34 47 31
12. Sacramento Kings 26 55 39
13. Dallas Mavericks 24 58 41.5
14. Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 43.5
15. Phoenix Suns 21 61 44.5

 


NBA Playoffs 2018 Matchups

EAST
No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards
No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks
No. 3 Philadelphia Sixers vs. No. 6 Miami Heat
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

WEST
No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs
No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans
No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz