NBA Conference Standings

2021-22 National Basketball Association Magic Numbers

Eastern Conference

East GP/R W L PCT GB
MIA 82/0 53 29 .646  
BOS 82/0 51 31 .622 2  
MIL 82/0 51 31 .622 2  
PHI 82/0 51 31 .622 2  
TOR 82/0 48 34 .585 5  
CHI 82/0 46 36 .561 7  
BKN 82/0 44 38 .537 9  
ATL 82/0 43 39 .524 10  
CLE 82/0 44 38 .537 9  
CHA 82/0 43 39 .524 10  
NYK 82/0 37 45 .451 16  
WAS 82/0 35 47 .427 18  
IND 82/0 25 57 .305 28  
DET 82/0 23 59 .280 30  
ORL 82/0 22 60 .268 31  

Western Conference

West GP/R W L PCT GB
PHX 82/0 64 18 .780  
MEM 82/0 56 26 .683 8  
GSW 82/0 53 29 .646 11  
DAL 82/0 52 30 .634 12  
UTH 82/0 49 33 .598 15  
DEN 82/0 48 34 .585 16  
MIN 82/0 46 36 .561 18  
NWO 82/0 36 46 .439 28  
LAC 82/0 42 40 .512 22  
SAS 82/0 34 48 .415 30  
LAL 82/0 33 49 .402 31  
SAC 82/0 30 52 .366 34  
POR 82/0 27 55 .329 37  
OKC 82/0 24 58 .293 40  
HOU 82/0 20 62 .244 44  

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