With only a little over a month left in the 2019-20 NBA regular season, teams are still jockeying for playoff position.
The Bucks and Lakers appear to have the top spots locked down in their respective conferences, but the playoff seeds below them are very much up in the air.
Which NBA teams will clinch playoff berths as the regular season comes to a close? Check out the updated standings below along with potential playoff matchups.
When do the 2020 NBA playoffs start?
- Start date: Saturday, April 18
- End date: Sunday, June 21
The last day of the 2019-20 NBA regular season is Wednesday, April 15. The 2020 NBA playoffs tip off three days later on Saturday, April 18.
The conference semifinals will begin May 4-5 (possible move up to May 2-3), and the conference finals will start May 19-20 (possible move up to May 17-18). The 2020 NBA Finals will begin June 4 and end no later than June 21.
NBA playoff schedule 2020
|Playoff round||Start date|
|First round||April 18|
|Conference semifinals||May 4-5 (possible move up to May 2-3)|
|Conference finals||May 19-20 (possible move up to May 17-18)|
|NBA Finals||June 4 (last possible game June 21)|
NBA playoff games will be carried by ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT. The Eastern Conference finals will be shown on ESPN, and the Western Conference finals will be aired on TNT. ABC will broadcast all NBA Finals games.
How do the NBA playoffs work?
A total of 16 teams — eight from each conference — will participate in the NBA playoffs with the higher seed in each series holding home-court advantage. In the event both No. 1 seeds advance to the NBA Finals, the team with the better record will start the series at home.
Each series follows a best-of-seven (2-2-1-1-1) format, meaning the higher seed hosts Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 while the lower seed hosts Games 3, 4 and 6. The magic number for an NBA championship is 16 wins (four each round).
NBA standings 2020: Eastern Conference
*clinched playoff berth
NBA standings 2020: Western Conference
*clinched playoff berth
Eliminated from playoff contention: Warriors
(Note: Full NBA rules for tiebreakers can be found HERE.)
NBA playoff matchups 2020
Here's what the NBA's first-round playoff matchups would be if the regular season ended today.
(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic
(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets
(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers
(4) Heat vs. (5) Pacers
(1) Lakers vs. (8) Grizzlies
(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks
(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Rockets
(4) Jazz vs. (5) Thunder
Odds to win 2020 NBA championship
The top-seeded Lakers (+225) and Bucks (+275) are the favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals, with the Clippers closely behind at +400.
(Championship odds from BetOnline via Sports Insider)