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NBA Daily Playoff Picture: The one with a couple West tiebreakers on the line

NBA Daily Playoff Picture: The one with a couple West tiebreakers on the line

The NBA playoff picture will come into clearer view each day between now and the end of the regular season on April 14. In the meantime, we will provide detailed daily updates on the landscape, including magic numbers, strength of schedule, relevant tiebreakers and the stakes for every day's slate of games.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Oklahoma City Thunder (52-22)

Clinched playoff berth

2. Denver Nuggets (52-23)

Clinched playoff berth

  • Projected record: 57-25

  • Net rating: 5.0

  • Magic number for top-two seed: 7

  • Remaining schedule: SAS, @LAC, ATL, @UTA, MIN, @SAS, @MEM

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .426 (easiest in the West)

  • Highest possible finish: No. 1 seed (clinched no lower than No. 6)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Mavericks, Pelicans

3. Minnesota Timberwolves (51-23)

Clinched playoff berth

  • Projected record: 57-25

  • Net rating: 6.4

  • Magic number for top-three seed: 5

  • Remaining schedule: HOU, TOR, @PHX, @LAL, WAS, @DEN, ATL, PHX

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .488

  • Highest possible finish: No. 1 seed (clinched no lower than No. 6)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Thunder, Nuggets, Clippers, Mavericks, Pelicans

The Clippers have an important matchup with the Kings on a busy Tuesday night in the NBA. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (47-27)

  • Projected record: 52-30

  • Net rating: 3.7

  • Magic number for top-four seed: 6

  • Remaining schedule: @SAC, DEN, UTA, CLE, @PHX, PHX, UTA, HOU

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .540

  • Highest possible finish: No. 1 seed (clinched no lower than No. 10)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Mavericks, Warriors

5. Dallas Mavericks (45-29)

  • Projected record: 50-32

  • Net rating: 2.2

  • Magic number for top-six seed: 7

  • Remaining schedule: @GSW, ATL, GSW, HOU, @CHA, @MIA, DET, @OKC

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .466

  • Highest possible finish: No. 1 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Suns, Lakers, Warriors

6. New Orleans Pelicans (45-30)

  • Projected record: 50-32

  • Net rating: 4.9

  • Magic number for top-six seed: 7

  • Remaining schedule: ORL, SAS, @PHX, @POR, @SAC, @GSW, LAL

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .490

  • Highest possible finish: No. 3 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Clippers, Kings

7. Phoenix Suns (44-31)

  • Projected record: 47-35

  • Net rating: 2.9

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: 3

  • Remaining schedule: CLE, MIN, NOP, LAC, @LAC, @SAC, @MIN

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .631

  • Highest possible finish: No. 3 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Pelicans, Warriors

8. Sacramento Kings (43-31)

  • Projected record: 47-35

  • Net rating: 1.3

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: 4

  • Remaining schedule: LAC, @NYK, @BOS, @BKN, @OKC, NOP, PHX, POR

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .568

  • Highest possible finish: No. 3 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Timberwolves, Lakers

9. Los Angeles Lakers (42-33)

  • Projected record: 46-36

  • Net rating: 0.2

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: 5

  • Remaining schedule: @TOR, @WAS, CLE, MIN, GSW, @MEM, @NOP

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .465

  • Highest possible finish: No. 4 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Clippers, Suns

10. Golden State Warriors (40-34)

  • Projected record: 45-37

  • Net rating: 1.9

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: 7

  • Remaining schedule: DAL, @HOU, @DAL, UTA, @LAL, @POR, NOP, UTA

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .491

  • Highest possible finish: No. 4 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Rockets

11. Houston Rockets (38-36)

  • Projected record: 42-40

  • Net rating: 1.4

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: Do not control destiny

  • Remaining schedule: @MIN, GSW, MIA, @DAL, ORL, @UTA, @POR, @LAC

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .531

  • Highest possible finish: No. 5 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Kings

Tuesday's games of consequence (all times Eastern)

Lakers at Raptors (7 p.m.)

Thunder at 76ers (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Rockets at Timberwolves (8 p.m.)

Spurs at Nuggets (9 p.m.)

Clippers at Kings (10 p.m.)

  • LAC clinches tiebreaker over SAC with a win

Mavericks at Warriors (10 p.m., TNT)

  • DAL clinches tiebreaker over GSW and at least a play-in tournament berth with a win

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Boston Celtics (59-16)

Clinched No. 1 seed and first-round playoff series vs. No. 8 seed (determined by play-in tournament)

2. Milwaukee Bucks (47-27)

  • Projected record: 52-30

  • Net rating: 3.5

  • Magic number for No. 2 seed: 6

  • Remaining schedule: @WAS, MEM, TOR, NYK, BOS, ORL, @OKC, @ORL

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .508

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 7)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Heat

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (45-30)

  • Projected record: 49-33

  • Net rating: 3.0

  • Magic number for top-four seed: 7

  • Remaining schedule: @UTA, @PHX, @LAL, @LAC, MEM, IND, CHA

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .470

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 8)

  • No relevant tiebreakers

4. New York Knicks (44-30)

  • Projected record: 49-33

  • Net rating: 5.0

  • Magic number for top-four seed: 8

  • Remaining schedule: @MIA, SAC, @CHI, @MIL, @CHI, @BOS, BKN, CHI

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .547

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 8)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Bucks, Heat, 76ers

The Knicks and Heat are both fighting for playoff positioning in the East. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

5. Orlando Magic (44-31)

  • Projected record: 48-34

  • Net rating: 2.4

  • Magic number for playoff berth: 5

  • Remaining schedule: POR, @NOP, @CHA, CHI, @HOU, @MIL, @PHI, MIL

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .488

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 8)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Knicks, Pacers

6. Indiana Pacers (43-33)

  • Projected record: 46-36

  • Net rating: 2.4

  • Magic number for playoff berth: 6

  • Remaining schedule: @BKN, OKC, MIA, @TOR, @CLE, ATL

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .486

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 8)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Bucks, Knicks, 76ers

7. Miami Heat (41-33)

  • Projected record: 45-37

  • Net rating: 1.5

  • Magic number for playoff berth: 8

  • Remaining schedule: NYK, PHI, @HOU, @IND, @ATL, DAL, TOR, TOR

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .487

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 10)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Cavaliers, Magic, Bulls, Hawks

8. Philadelphia 76ers (40-35)

  • Projected record: 44-38

  • Net rating: 2.2

  • Magic number for No. 8 seed: 3

  • Remaining schedule: OKC, @MIA, @MEM, @SAS, DET, ORL, BKN

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .423

  • Highest possible finish: No. 3 seed (clinched no lower than No. 10)

  • Own tiebreakers against: Magic, Hawks

9. Chicago Bulls (36-40)

Clinched play-in berth

  • Projected record: 39-43

  • Net rating: -1.9

  • Magic number for No. 9 seed: 6

  • Remaining schedule: NYK, @ORL, NYK, @DET, @WAS, @NYK

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .455

  • Highest possible finish: No. 7 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: 76ers, Hawks

10. Atlanta Hawks (35-40)

  • Projected record: 38-44

  • Net rating: -1.1

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: 1

  • Remaining schedule: DET, @DAL, @DEN, MIA, CHA, @MIN, @IND

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .501

  • Highest possible finish: No. 7 seed

  • No relevant tiebreakers

11. Brooklyn Nets (29-47)

  • Projected record: 32-50

  • Net rating: -2.6

  • Magic number for play-in tournament berth: Do not control destiny

  • Remaining schedule: IND, DET, SAC, TOR, @NYK, @PHI

  • Remaining strength of schedule: .474

  • Highest possible finish: No. 9 seed

  • Own tiebreakers against: Bulls, Hawks

Tuesday's games of consequence (all times Eastern)

Bucks at Wizards (7 p.m.)

Thunder at 76ers (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Knicks at Heat (7:30 p.m.)

Cavaliers at Jazz (9 p.m.)

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