NBA Conference Standings

2020-21 National Basketball Association Magic Numbers

Eastern Conference

East GP/R W L PCT GB
PHI 67/5 46 21 .687   3 3
MIL 67/5 43 24 .642 3 NC   6
BKN 67/5 43 24 .642 3 NC 6  
NYK 67/5 37 30 .552 9   5 5 4 2
ATL 68/4 37 31 .544 9.5 NC   5 4 2
MIA 67/5 36 31 .537 10 NC 6   5 3 2
BOS 67/5 35 32 .522 11 NC NC NC   4 3 2
CHA 67/5 33 34 .493 13 NC NC NC NC   5 4
IND 66/6 31 35 .470 14.5 NC NC NC NC NC   6 3 2
WAS 67/5 31 36 .463 15 NC NC NC NC   3 2
CHI 67/5 28 39 .418 18 NC NC NC   5
TOR 67/5 27 40 .403 19 NC NC NC  
ORL 67/5 21 46 .313 25   6 5
CLE 67/5 21 46 .313 25 6   5
DET 67/5 20 47 .299 26 NC NC  

Western Conference

West GP/R W L PCT GB
UTH 67/5 49 18 .731   5 2
PHX 67/5 48 19 .716 1 NC   3 2
LAC 67/5 45 22 .672 4 NC NC   5
DEN 67/5 44 23 .657 5 NC NC NC  
DAL 67/5 39 28 .582 10 NC   5 4
POR 67/5 38 29 .567 11 NC   5 2 2
LAL 67/5 37 30 .552 12 NC NC   3 3 2
GSW 67/5 34 33 .507 15 NC NC NC   6 5 2
MEM 66/6 33 33 .500 15.5 NC NC NC 7   6 3 2
SAS 66/6 32 34 .485 16.5 NC NC NC NC   4 3
NWO 67/5 30 37 .448 19 NC NC NC   5
SAC 67/5 29 38 .433 20 NC NC NC NC  
OKC 67/5 21 46 .313 28   5
MIN 67/5 20 47 .299 29 NC   2
HOU 67/5 16 51 .239 33 NC NC  

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
In the hunt
Eliminated from the playoffs

Two-Team Tiebreaker

  1. Division winner
  2. Better record in head-to-head games
  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. Highest point differential between points scored and points allowed

Tiebreaking prodecures from NBA.com

Updated: May 8, 2021 12:00pm ET