NBA standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2019 playoffs

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Stephen Curry and Jamal Murray (Getty Images)

NBA teams are entering the final stretch of the 2018-19 regular season with eight games or less remaining on their schedules. Teams vying for playoff spots and higher seeds still have work to do as part of what should be an extremely tight race.

Just how close are the standings? Only 2.5 games separate the sixth seed from the 10th seed in the East, and the middle of the pack in the West could change daily throughout March and April.

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Let’s take a full look at the standings and see where each team lands ahead of the 2019 NBA playoffs.

(Standings are current as of March 28. The Bulls, Cavs, Hawks, Knicks, Grizzlies, Lakers, Mavericks, Pelicans, Suns and Timberwolves have been eliminated from playoff contention.)

NBA standings: Eastern Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Bucks** 56-19
2. Raptors* 52-23 4
3. 76ers* 47-27 8.5
4. Pacers* 45-30 11
5. Celtics* 44-31 12
6. Nets 38-37 18
7. Pistons 37-37 18.5
8. Magic 37-38 19
Heat 36-38 19.5
Hornets 35-39 20.5
Wizards 31-45 25.5

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched division

NBA standings: Western Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Warriors* 51-23
2. Nuggets* 50-23 0.5
3. Trail Blazers* 47-27 4
4. Rockets* 47-28 4.5
5. Jazz 45-30 6.5
6. Clippers* 45-30 6.5
7. Thunder 44-31 7.5
8. Spurs 43-32 8.5
Kings 37-37 14

*clinched playoff berth

2019 East playoff picture

1. Bucks

Potential playoff matchup: Magic
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .508

2. Raptors

Potential playoff matchup: Pistons
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .410

3. 76ers

Potential playoff matchup: Nets
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .436

4. Pacers

Potential playoff matchup: Celtics
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .505

5. Celtics

Potential playoff matchup: Pacers
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .511

6. Nets

Potential playoff matchup: 76ers
Playoff odds: 78 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .642

7. Pistons

Potential playoff matchup: Raptors
Playoff odds: 95 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .497

8. Magic

Potential playoff matchup: Bucks
Playoff odds: 81 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .487

— Heat

Potential playoff matchup: None
Playoff odds: 30 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .505

— Hornets

Potential playoff matchup: None
Playoff odds: 17 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .509

— Wizards

Potential playoff matchup: None
Playoff odds: One percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .484

2019 West playoff picture

1. Warriors

Potential playoff matchup: Spurs
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .462

2. Nuggets

Potential playoff matchup: Thunder
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .577

3. Trail Blazers

Potential playoff matchup: Clippers
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .501

4. Rockets

Potential playoff matchup: Jazz
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .468

5. Jazz

Potential playoff matchup: Rockets
Playoff odds: 99 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .474

6. Clippers

Potential playoff matchup: Trail Blazers
Playoff odds: In
Remaining strength of schedule: .536

7. Thunder

Potential playoff matchup: Nuggets
Playoff odds: 99 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .548

8. Spurs

Potential playoff matchup: Warriors
Playoff odds: 99 percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .406

— Kings

Potential playoff matchup: None
Playoff odds: One percent
Remaining strength of schedule: .516

(Playoff odds via FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model and remaining strength of schedule via Tankathon)