NBA Conference Standings

2021-22 National Basketball Association Magic Numbers

Eastern Conference

East GP/R W L PCT GB
CHI 42/40 27 15 .643   40 40 38 37 38 36 35 36 34 33 31 27 23 19
MIA 44/38 28 16 .636 [40]   39 37 36 37 35 34 35 33 32 30 26 22 18
BKN 43/39 27 16 .628 0.5 [41] 40   38 37 38 36 35 36 34 33 31 27 23 19
CLE 45/37 27 18 .600 1.5 [41] [40] [40]   37 38 36 35 36 34 33 31 27 23 19
MIL 46/36 27 19 .587 2 [41] [40] [40] [38]   [38] 36 35 36 34 33 31 27 23 19
PHI 43/39 25 18 .581 2.5 [43] [42] [42] 40 39   38 37 38 36 35 33 29 25 21
CHA 44/38 24 20 .545 4 [44] [43] [43] [41] [40] [41]   38 39 37 36 34 30 26 22
WAS 44/38 23 21 .523 5 [45] [44] [44] [42] [41] [42] [40]   [40] 38 37 35 31 27 23
TOR 41/41 21 20 .512 5.5 [47] [46] [46] [44] [43] [44] 42 41   40 39 37 33 29 25
BOS 45/37 23 22 .511 5.5 [45] [44] [44] [42] [41] [42] [40] [39] [40]   37 35 31 27 23
NYK 45/37 22 23 .489 6.5 [46] [45] [45] [43] [42] [43] [41] [40] [41] [39]   36 32 28 24
ATL 43/39 18 25 .419 9.5 [50] [49] [49] [47] [46] [47] [45] [44] [45] [43] [42]   36 32 28
IND 44/38 15 29 .341 13 [53] [52] [52] [50] [49] [50] [48] [47] [48] [46] [45] [43]   35 31
DET 43/39 10 33 .233 17.5 [58] [57] [57] [55] [54] [55] [53] [52] [53] [51] [50] [48] [44]   36
ORL 45/37 8 37 .178 20.5 [60] [59] [59] [57] [56] [57] [55] [54] [55] [53] [52] [50] [46] [42]  

Western Conference

West GP/R W L PCT GB
PHX 43/39 34 9 .791   37 34 34 30 29 27 27 26 24 21 21 21 20 17
GSW 44/38 32 12 .727 2.5 [42]   36 36 32 31 29 29 28 26 23 23 23 22 19
MEM 46/36 31 15 .674 4.5 [43] [40]   37 33 32 30 30 29 27 24 24 24 23 20
UTH 44/38 29 15 .659 5.5 [45] [42] 39   35 34 32 32 31 29 26 26 26 25 22
DAL 44/38 25 19 .568 9.5 [49] [46] [43] [43]   38 36 36 35 33 30 30 30 29 26
DEN 42/40 22 20 .524 11.5 [52] [49] [46] [46] [42]   39 39 38 36 33 33 33 32 29
MIN 44/38 22 22 .500 12.5 [52] [49] [46] [46] [42] [41]   39 38 36 33 33 33 32 29
LAL 44/38 22 22 .500 12.5 [52] [49] [46] [46] [42] [41] 39   38 36 33 33 33 32 29
LAC 45/37 22 23 .489 13 [52] [49] [46] [46] [42] [41] [39] [39]   36 33 33 33 32 29
POR 43/39 18 25 .419 16 [56] [53] [50] [50] [46] [45] [43] [43] [42]   37 37 37 36 33
SAC 46/36 18 28 .391 17.5 [56] [53] [50] [50] [46] [45] [43] [43] [42] [40]   37 37 36 33
SAS 44/38 16 28 .364 18.5 [58] [55] [52] [52] [48] [47] [45] [45] [44] [42] 39   39 38 35
NWO 44/38 16 28 .364 18.5 [58] [55] [52] [52] [48] [47] [45] [45] [44] [42] 39 39   38 35
OKC 43/39 14 29 .326 20 [60] [57] [54] [54] [50] [49] [47] [47] [46] [44] [41] [41] [41]   37
HOU 45/37 13 32 .289 22 [61] [58] [55] [55] [51] [50] [48] [48] [47] [45] [42] [42] [42] [41]  

Eight teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs:

  • The top six teams, who are ranked 1-6 based on their win/loss records
  • The winners of the 7/8 & 9/10 play-in games:
    • The 7th and 8th seeds will play a one-game playoff at seasons end. The winner will be the 7th seed, the loser will move on to the second round of the play-in.
    • The 9th and 10th seeds will play a one-game playoff at seasons end. The winner will move on to the second round of the play-in, the loser will be eliminated from the playoffs.
    • The 7/8 loser will play the 9/10 winner, with the winner of this game being the 8th seed for the playoffs, and the loser being eliminated from the playoffs.
Clinched top-6 playoff berth
Clinched play-in round berth
Eliminated from the playoffs

Two-Team Tiebreaker

  1. Better record in head-to-head games
  2. Division winner
  3. Higher winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
  4. Higher winning percentage in conference games
  5. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
  6. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference
  7. Higher point differential between points scored and points allowed

Three-Team Tiebreaker

  1. Division winner
  2. Best head-to-head winning percentage among all teams tied
  3. Highest winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
  4. Highest winning percentage in conference games
  5. Highest winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
  6. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference
  7. Highest point differential between points scored and points allowed

Tiebreaking procedures from nba.com

Updated: January 20, 2022 2:00am ET