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NBA Rating: Seeding Scenarios, Breakdown of Final Places in the 2021 Playoffs

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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
1st 76s * 43-21 – 2nd nets * 43-22 0.5 3rd dollars * 40-24 3 4th curtsey 36-28 7 5th Hawks 35-30 8.5 6th heat 35-30 8, 5 7.Celtics 34- 31 9.5 8. Hornets 31-33 12 9. Pacemakers 30-33 12.5 10. Wizard 29-35 14 – Raptors 27-38 16.5 – Bulls 26-38 17 – Cavaliers 21 -43 22 – 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. Suns * 46-18 – 2. Jazz * 46-18 – 3. Nuggets 43-21 3 4. Clippers * 43-22 3.5 5. Mavericks 36-28 10 6. Lakers 36-28 10 7. Trail Blazer 36 -28 10 8.Grizzlies 32-31 13.5 9. Warriors 32-32 14 10. Spurs 31-32 14.5 – Pelicans 29-35 17 – Kings 27-37 19 – Thunders 21-44 25.5 – Timberwolves 20-45 26.5 – Rockets 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 numbered 1-6 in the leaderboard for each conference are guaranteed play-off spots, and teams number 7-10 participate in the play-in tournament. Team # 7 meets team # 8 and the winner receives number 7 in the playoffs. The loser has one more chance of reaching 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 of game number 7 versus number 8 and the winner of game number 9 versus number 10 will 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

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