May 11, 2021

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NBA ranking: ranking scenarios, breakdown for the last places in the 2021 playoffs



Prepare yourself, basketball fans. The 2021 NBA playoffs are almost here.

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

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With several contenders battling for playoff positioning, the home stretch of the regular season should provide plenty of entertainment.

Here’s a look at the current NBA Playoff image, including the full standings from each conference.

NBA 2021 Ranking: Eastern Conference

Plant team Record Return games
1. 76ers * 43-21
2. Nets * 43-22 0.5
3. Deer * 40-24 3
4th Reverence 36-28 7th
5. Falcons 35-30 8.5
6th Heat 35-30 8.5
7th Celtics 34-31 9.5
8th. Hornets 31-33 12
9. Pacers 30-33 12.5
ten. Assistants 29-35 14th
Raptors 27-38 16.5
Bulls 26-38 17th
Riders 21-43 22nd
Magic 20-44 23
Pistons 19-45 24

* place in the playoffs
Eliminated from elimination contention: Magic, Pistons

NBA 2021 Ranking: Western Conference

Plant team Record Return games
1. Suns * 46-18
2. Jazz* 46-18
3. Nuggets 43-21 3
4th Lawn mowers * 43-22 3.5
5. Mavericks 36-28 ten
6th Lakers 36-28 ten
7th Trail Blazers 36-28 ten
8th. Grizzlies 32-31 13.5
9. Warriors 32-32 14th
ten. Spurs 31-32 14.5
Pelicans 29-35 17th
kings 27-37 19th
thunder 21-44 25.5
Timberwolves 20-45 26.5
Rockets 16-49 30.5

* place in the playoffs
Eliminated from playoff contention: Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves

How does the NBA play-in tournament work?

  • The play-in tournament will take place after the conclusion of the 2020-21 regular season and before the start of the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. The teams that finish our. From 1 to 6 in the standings of each conference will be guaranteed places in the playoffs, and the Nos. 7-10 will enter the play-in tournament.
  • The no. Team 7 will face the No. 8, with the winner taking the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. The loser will still have one chance to advance to the playoffs.
  • The no. Team 9 will face No. 10, and the winner will advance to play against the loser of No. 7 against No. 8 game. The loser of No. 9 against No. 10 games will be eliminated from playoff contention.
  • The loser of No. 7 against No. 8 and the winner of No. 9 against No. 10 games will then be played against each other. The winner of this game will be the No. 8 seed in the playoffs, and the loser will be eliminated from playoff contention.

NBA Playoff Photo: Seed Breakdown

(Calendar remaining strength via Tankathon and playoff probability via FiveThirtyEight)

Eastern Conference

1. 76ers

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar strength: .380

Playoff Probability: In

2. Nets

Games remaining: 7

Remaining calendar strength: .499

Playoff Probability: In

3. Bucks

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .448

Playoff Probability: In

4. Knicks

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .578

Playoff odds: 93%

5. Falcons

Games remaining: 7

Remaining calendar strength: .460

Playoff probability: 99%

6. Heat

Games remaining: 7

Remaining calendar strength: .501

Playoff odds: 97%

7. Celtics

Games remaining: 7

Remaining calendar force: .428

Playoff odds: 97%

8. Hornets

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .478

Playoff odds: 47%

9. Pacers

Games remaining: 9

Remaining calendar strength: .497

Playoff odds: 43%

10. Assistants

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar strength: .485

Playoff odds: 14%

Western Conference

1. Suns

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar strength: .505

Playoff Probability: In

2. Jazz

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .463

Playoff Probability: In

3. Nuggets

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .519

Playoff probability: 99%

4. Clippers

Games remaining: 7

Remaining calendar force: .429

Playoff Probability: In

5. Mavericks

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .443

Playoff odds: 97%

6. Lakers

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .544

Playoff probability: 98%

7. Trail Blazers

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar force: .534

Playoff odds: 97%

8. Grizzlies

Games remaining: 9

Remaining calendar force: .438

Playoff odds: 46%

9. Warriors

Games remaining: 8

Remaining calendar strength: .493

Playoff odds: 46%

10. Spurs

Games remaining: 9

Remaining Calendar Strength: 0.634

Playoff odds: 7%