NBA standings 2024: Updated playoff bracket, clinching scenarios for April 11

The 2023-24 NBA Playoffs picture is getting clearer by the day.

There are certain aspects that are locked in as the season heads into the final stretch. The teams that will comprise all the postseason spots in both conferences are settled.

The question at this point is all about how the seedings will be finalized. The Celtics have clinched the best record in the NBA, but the Western Conference No. 1 seed is up in the air, as is the second spot in the east.

How are the playoffs shaping up heading into the final days of the calendar? Here’s what you need to know.

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NBA standings 2024

Eastern Conference playoff picture

Standings updated after games of April 11

Seed Team Record Win pct. GB
1 Celtics*** 62-18 .775
2 Bucks** 49-31 .613 13
3 Knicks** 48-32 .600 14
4 Cavaliers 47-33 .588 15
5 Magic 46-34 .575 16
6 Pacers 46-34 .575 16
7 76ers 45-35 .563 17
8 Heat 44-36 .550 18
9 Bulls* 38-42 .475 24
10 Hawks* 36-44 .450 26

Eastern Conference standings

Playoffs

1. Celtics, 62-18 (.775)***
2. Bucks, 49-31 (.613)**
3. Knicks, 48-32 (.600)**
4. Cavaliers, 47-33 (.588)
5. Magic, 46-34 (.575)
6. Pacers, 46-34 (.575)

Play-In Tournament

7. 76ers, 45-35 (.563)
8. Heat, 44-36 (.550)
9. Bulls, 38-42 (.475)*
10. Hawks, 36-44 (.450)*

11. Nets, 32-48 (.400), ELIMINATED
12. Raptors, 25-55 (.313), ELIMINATED
13. Hornets, 20-60 (.250), ELIMINATED
14. Wizards, 15-65 (.188), ELIMINATED
15. Pistons, 13-67 (.163), ELIMINATED

* – Indicates clinched Play-In Tournament
** – Indicates clinched playoff berth
*** – Indicates clinched No. 1 seed

Western Conference playoff picture

Standings updated after games of April 11

Seed Team Record Win pct. GB
1 Nuggets** 56-24 .700
2 Timberwolves** 55-25 .688 1
3 Thunder** 55-25 .688 1
4 Clippers** 51-29 .638 5
5 Mavericks** 50-30 .625 6
6 Pelicans 48-32 .600 8
7 Suns 47-33 .588 9
8 Kings* 45-35 .563 11
9 Warriors* 45-35 .563 11
10 Lakers* 45-35 .553 11

Western Conference standings

Playoffs

1. Nuggets, 56-24 (.700)**
2. Timberwolves, 55-25 (.688)**
3. Thunder, 55-25 (.688)**
4. Clippers, 51-29 (.638)**
5. Mavericks, 50-30 (.625)**
6. Pelicans, 48-32 (.600)

Play-In Tournament

7. Suns, 47-33 (.588)
8. Kings, 45-35 (.563)*
9. Warriors, 45-35 (.563)*
10. Lakers, 45-35 (.557)*

11. Rockets, 39-41 (.488), ELIMINATED
12. Jazz, 30-50 (.375), ELIMINATED
13. Grizzlies, 27-53 (.338), ELIMINATED
14. Trail Blazers, 21-59 (.263), ELIMINATED
15. Spurs, 20-60 (.250), ELIMINATED

NBA clinching scenarios

Eastern Conference

  • Cavaliers clinch a playoff spot with a win OR a 76ers loss
  • Pacers clinch a playoff spot with a win OR a 76ers loss
  • Heat are locked into a play-in game with a loss OR an Magic win
  • Bucks clinch Central Division title with a win OR a Cavaliers loss
  • Magic clinch a playoff spot with a win. It also clinches the Southeast Division title with a win OR a Heat loss.
  • 76ers are locked into a play-in game with a loss

Western Conference

  • Nuggets clinch Northwest Division title and best record in West with a win AND losses by Timberwolves and Thunder
  • Suns are locked into a play-in game with a loss AND a Pelicans win

NBA Playoffs matchups

If the season ended today, here’s how the first round of the playoffs would look.

Eastern Conference

Playoffs

(1) Celtics vs. (8) Play-In winner
(2) Bucks vs. (7) Play-In winner
(3) Knicks vs. (6) Pacers
(4) Cavaliers vs. (5) Magic

Play-In Tournament

(7) 76ers vs. (8) Heat
(9) Bulls vs. (10) Hawks

Western Conference

Playoffs

(1) Nuggets vs. (8) Play-In winner
(2) Timberwolves vs. (7) Play-In winner
(3) Thunder vs. (6) Pelicans
(4) Clippers vs. (5) Mavericks

Play-In Tournament

(7) Suns vs. (8) Kings
(9) Warriors vs. (10) Lakers

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