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NBA Playoff Scenarios Ahead of Game 81

Several teams can clinch playoff positioning in tonight’s NBA action.

Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA regular season game at Arena. Both teams are looking for a playoff berth. Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Tonight, 22 teams will participate in their penultimate game of the season and there is a lot of playoff positioning that will be decided after the result of the games.

In the Eastern Conference...

Here’s how the current standings look:

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. New York Knicks
  6. Brooklyn Nets (could be 6 or 7)
  7. Miami Heat (could be 6 or 7)
  8. Atlanta Hawks (could be 8 or 9)
  9. Toronto Raptors (could be 8 or 9)
  10. Chicago Bulls

In the Western Conference...

Here’s how the current standings look:

  1. Denver Nuggets
  2. Memphis Grizzlies (could be 2 or 3)
  3. Sacramento Kings (could be 2 or 3)
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. LA Clippers (could be 5-9)
  6. Golden State Warriors (could be 5-9)
  7. Los Angeles Lakers (could be 5-9)
  8. New Orleans Pelicans (could be 5-9)
  9. Minnesota Timberwolves (could be 5-9)
  10. Oklahoma City Thunder (could be 10 or 11)
  11. Dallas Mavericks (could be 10 or 11)


The NBA has released a chart of scenarios operative on Saturday the 8th, based on the 81st game of the season for most teams. It can be found here: