With less than a week remaining before the NBA playoff matchups are set, the bracket is solidifying as teams fight for position. The Western Conference has all eight seeds locked up, but the exact order is still being determined. Things in the Eastern Conference are much more fluid with the final three seeds still up for grabs.
The Pistons, Nets, Magic, Heat and Hornets are still in the hunt, meaning five teams are fighting for just three spots. One thing worth noting is the Nets host the Heat on the final day of the regular season which could end up being an elimination game for one of the final Eastern Conference seeds. The Magic were helped with their win over the Knicks while the Heat and Nets both lost their matchups.
According to Five Thirty Eight’s projections, the Magic have a 94 percent chance of making the playoffs. Brooklyn is next in line at 74 percent followed by Miami at 29 percent. The computer projections give Charlotte just a three percent chance to make the playoffs.
“It’s still a tight race and things can change quickly, but obviously we’re in a good spot, right where we want to be,” Magic center Nikola Vucevic said, per NBA.com.
The No. 1 Seed Is Up for Grabs in the East & West
The top seed is still up for grabs in both conferences. Milwaukee has a healthy lead on Toronto as the Raptors would need some help to be able to jump the Bucks. The Warriors or Nuggets are likely to earn the No. 1 seed in the West.
While teams in the West are set, seeds No. 3 to No. 5 are all separated by less than two games. Seeds No. 6 through No. 8 are also separated by two games or less. This means the Western Conference matchups are far from solidified. The Sixers, Celtics and Pacers are battling for No. 3 through No. 5 in the East.
There are a few things to note about the NBA standings below. Teams listed in italics have already clinched a playoff berth. The teams in bold have clinched a playoff berth along with a division title.
The eight playoff teams in the West are solidifed, and there are only 10 teams in the running for the playoffs in the East. The bracket is based on the standings heading into the NBA games on Thursday, April 4th and will be updated once games go final.
Here is a look at the current NBA playoff picture.
NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Standings
|1. Milwaukee Bucks||59||20||–|
|2. Toronto Raptors||56||23||2.5|
|3. Philadelphia Sixers||49||30||10|
|4. Boston Celtics||47||32||11.5|
|5. Indiana Pacers||47||32||11.5|
|6. Detroit Pistons||39||39||19|
|7. Brooklyn Nets||39||40||19.5|
|8. Orlando Magic||39||40||19.5|
|9. Miami Heat||38||40||20|
|10. Charlotte Hornets||36||42||22|
Western Conference Playoff Standings 2019
|1. Golden State Warriors||54||24||–|
|2. Denver Nuggets||52||26||2|
|3. Houston Rockets||51||28||3|
|4. Portland Trail Blazers||50||28||3.5|
|5. Utah Jazz||48||30||5.5|
|6. LA Clippers||47||32||7|
|7. OKC Thunder||45||33||8.5|
|8. San Antonio Spurs||45||34||9|
NBA Playoff Bracket 2019
|First Rd. (West)||First Rd. (East)|
|1. Warriors||1. Bucks|
|8. Spurs||8. Magic|
|4. Blazers||4. Celtics|
|5. Jazz||5. Pacers|
|3. Rockets||3. Sixers|
|6. Clippers||6. Pistons|
|2. Nuggets||2. Raptors|
|7. Thunder||7. Nets|