NBA playoff bracket 2020: Up to date standings, seeds & Spherical 1 projections in Orlando

The NBA season is usually a marathon run of video games over a number of months, however the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned the 2019-20 marketing campaign right into a dash towards the end line.

Playoff positioning is on the road as 22 NBA groups resume play on the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The playoff fields in every convention are largely set, however there could possibly be some drama in the course of the “seeding video games” as groups jockey for postseason positioning.

MORE: Full NBA schedule for season restart in Orlando

How will the race for the No. Eight seed within the West play out? How a lot will the seedings change in the East? These questions will quickly be answered.

Let’s check out the 2020 NBA playoff image, together with standings and potential matchups for every convention.

NBA standings 2020

Listed here are the present NBA standings as of Aug. 3.

Jap Convention

Seed Group File Video games again
1. Bucks* 54-13
2. Raptors* 48-18 5.5
3. Celtics* 44-22 9.5
4. Warmth* 42-25 12
5. Pacers* 41-26 13
6. 76ers* 40-27 14
7. Magic 32-35 22
8. Nets 31-35 22.5
Wizards 24-43 30

Western Convention

Seed Group File Video games again
1. Lakers** 51-15
2. Clippers* 45-21 6
3. Nuggets* 44-23 7.5
4. Rockets* 42-24 9
5. Jazz* 42-25 9.5
6. Thunder* 41-25 10
7. Mavericks* 40-29 12.5
8. Grizzlies 32-36 20
Path Blazers 30-38 22
Spurs 29-37 22
Pelicans 29-38 22.5
Kings 28-38 23
Suns 28-39 23.5

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched convention

When do the NBA playoffs begin in 2020?

  • Play-in video games (if needed): Aug. 15-16
  • NBA playoffs: Aug. 17
  • NBA convention finals: Sept. 15
  • NBA Finals: Sept. 30

“Seeding video games” can be performed by means of Aug. 14, and a play-in match can be held Aug. 15-16 if needed with the primary spherical of the playoffs beginning Aug. 17. The NBA Finals will start Sept. 30 and finish no later than Oct. 13.

How do the NBA playoffs work?

Every of the 22 remaining groups is scheduled to play eight “seeding video games” with a view to decide playoff positioning in each conferences.

If the No. 9 seed in every convention is greater than 4 video games behind the No. Eight seed on the conclusion of the common season, the No. Eight seed will earn the ultimate playoff spot. If the No. 9 seed is 4 video games or fewer behind the No. Eight seed, then these groups will enter a play-in match (double-elimination for the eighth seed, single-elimination for the ninth seed). 

The playoffs will observe the standard format with full best-of-seven collection all through the NBA Finals.

NBA playoff bracket

This is what the NBA’s first-round playoff matchups can be if the season ended at the moment.

Jap Convention

(1) Bucks vs. (8) Nets

(2) Raptors vs. (7) Magic

(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers

(4) Warmth vs. (5) Pacers

Western Convention

(1) Lakers vs. (8) Grizzlies

(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks

(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Thunder

(4) Rockets vs. (5) Jazz