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2024 NBA postseason tracker: Playoffs, play-in, projected bracket

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The 2024 NBA regular season wraps up on Sunday but there is still plenty to decide before all eyes turn toward the postseason.

The Boston Celtics are the top overall seed and guaranteed home court advantage throughout the postseason, but things are far from settled among the other teams in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, the Western Conference top seed is still up in the air with three teams -- the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Denver Nuggets -- all tied and still in contention for the No. 1 spot. It's first time three teams, through 81 games, all were tied for the best record in their respective conference.

Once the dust settles, the top six teams from each conference will be assured playoff spots, while team Nos. 7-10 in the standings will enter the play-in tournament (April 16-19).

Two teams in each conference will then emerge to fill out the eight-team field, with the first round of the playoffs starting April 20.

Get the updates ahead of the playoffs here as the road to the NBA Finals kicks into full gear.

JUMP TO: East teams | West teams


East postseason picture

Playoff spot and specific seed: Boston Celtics (No. 1 seed)

Playoff spot, seed still to be determined: Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

At least a play-in spot, not yet playoffs: Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat

Only a play-in spot: Chicago Bulls (No. 9 seed), Atlanta Hawks (No. 10 seed)

Eliminated: Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons


West postseason picture

Playoff spot, seed still to be determined: Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets

Playoff spot and specific seed: LA Clippers (No. 4 seed), Dallas Mavericks (No. 5 seed)

At least a play-in spot, not yet playoffs: New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns

Only a play-in spot: Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers

Eliminated: Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs


Eastern Conference projected bracket, as of today:

Play-in tournament:

No. 8 Heat at No. 7 76ers (April 16)
No. 10 Hawks at No. 9 Bulls (April 17)
Winner 9/10 at loser 7/8 (April 19)

First round:

No. 1 Celtics vs. No. 8 seed (76ers/Heat/Bulls/Hawks)
No. 2 Bucks vs. No. 7 seed (76ers/Heat)
No. 3 Knicks vs. No. 6 Pacers
No. 4 Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Magic

Western Conference projected bracket, as of today:

Play-in tournament:

No. 8 Lakers at No. 7 Suns (April 16)
No. 10 Warriors at No. 9 Kings (April 17)
Winner 9/10 at loser 7/8 (April 19)

First round:

No. 1 Thunder vs. No. 8 seed (Suns/Lakers/Kings/Warriors)
No. 2 Timberwolves vs. No. 7 seed (Suns/Lakers)
No. 3 Nuggets vs. No. 6 Pelicans
No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Mavericks

EASTERN CONFERENCE


Boston Celtics

What they've clinched: Best overall record, No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division title

Boston became the first team to clinch a postseason spot in 2024 and have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. And as holders of the overall best record, they're guaranteed home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Celtics have made the playoffs the previous nine seasons, losing to the Miami Heat in the conference finals last season. The last time they were the top overall seed in the East was after the 2016-17 season, when they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.


Milwaukee Bucks

What they've clinched: At least a playoff spot

The Bucks have locked up a Eastern Conference playoffs as they try to now lock up a top-four seed.

Milwaukee has made the playoffs the previous seven seasons. The Bucks were the top seed last year but suffered a first-round exit at the hands of the Miami Heat. In 2022, they were also the top seed in the East, but they lost to the Boston Celtics in the conference finals.


New York Knicks

What they've clinched: At least a playoff spot

The Knicks have secured a place in the Eastern Conference playoffs as they aim to secure a top-four spot.

The Knicks advanced the conference semifinals last season, where they lost to the Miami Heat. It marked just the second playoff appearance for New York in the past 10 seasons, which included a seven-year stretch without postseason play.


Cleveland Cavaliers

What they've clinched: At least a playoff spot

The Cavs are also into the postseason with a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland made the playoffs last season, losing in the first round to the New York Knicks. It marked the Cavs' return to the postseason after missing the previous four editions, and their first appearance since winning the 2016-17 NBA Finals, led by LeBron James.


Orlando Magic

What they've clinched: At least a play-in spot

The Magic will play past the regular season for the first time since 2020, clinching at least a place in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

Orlando will next eye a playoff berth, having only appeared twice since the 2012-13 season. The team last advanced past the first round in 2010 when it reached the conference finals.


Indiana Pacers

What they've clinched: At least a play-in spot

The Pacers have qualified for at least the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference

Indy is back in the postseason for the first time since 2020, breaking a three-season stretch. Prior to that, the team was bounced in the first round of the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.


Philadelphia 76ers

What they've clinched: At least a play-in spot

The 76ers have qualified for at least the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia has made the playoffs each of the previous six seasons, but has not advanced beyond the second round since reaching the NBA Finals in 2001.


Miami Heat

What they've clinched: At least a play-in spot

The Heat have qualified for at least the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference.

Last season, Miami became the first team to reach the NBA Finals as a play-in team. After losing first to the Atlanta Hawks, they secured the No. 8 seed by beating the Chicago Bulls. The Heat then beat the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, and the Boston Celtics to win the East before losing in the finals to the Denver Nuggets.


Chicago Bulls

What they've clinched: No. 9 seed for the play-in tournament; cannot directly clinch a playoff berth

The Bulls will be playing in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament and will host the Atlanta Hawks for the 9/10 game. The winner will advance to play the loser of the 7/8 game for a chance to clinch the last playoff spot.

This is the second straight season that the Bulls will be in the play-in tournament. Last year, they beat the Toronto Raptors in the elimination match before losing to the Miami Heat in No. 8 seed game.


Atlanta Hawks

What they've clinched: No. 10 seed for the play-in tournament; cannot directly clinch a playoff berth

The Hawks will be playing in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament and will visit the Chicago Bulls for the 9/10 game. The winner will advance to play the loser of the 7/8 game for a chance to clinch the last playoff spot.

This is the third straight season that the Hawks will be in the play-in tournament. They've advanced out of it but then been bounced in the first round of the playoffs -- by the Miami Heat in 2022 and by the Boston Celtics in 2023. In 2021, they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks to the conference finals.

WESTERN CONFERENCE


Oklahoma City Thunder

What they've clinched: At least a playoff spot

The Thunder remain in contention for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, but they've at least clinched a playoff spot.

The team has not been in the playoffs since the 2019-20 season -- a three-season hiatus -- after previously missing the postseason just twice since moving to OKC in 2008.


Minnesota Timberwolves

What they've clinched: At least a playoff spot

The Timberwolves have locked in a spot in the Western Conference playoffs as they remain in a tough battle for the No. 1 seed.

Minnesota has advanced from the play-in tournament the last two seasons, only to bow out in the first round of the playoffs. Last year, it was to the eventual champions Denver Nuggets.


Denver Nuggets

What they've clinched: At least a playoff spot

The defending NBA Finals champions have clinched a playoff spot amid a tight race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

The Nuggets will be making their sixth straight appearance in the playoffs -- capped by last season's run that saw them beat the Miami Heat for the franchise's first ever NBA Finals trophy.


LA Clippers

What they've clinched: No. 4 seed in the Western Conference; Pacific Division title

The Clippers have clinched the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will host the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

The team was bounced from the first round of the playoffs last season by the Phoenix Suns. The year before, they finished ninth in the West but lost the elimination match to the New Orleans Pelicans.


Dallas Mavericks

What they've clinched: No. 5 seed in the Western Conference; Southwest Division

The Mavericks will return to the postseason, having booked the fifth seed in the playoffs in the Western Conference. They'll face the LA Clippers in the first round.

Dallas missed out altogether last year after having previously made the playoffs in three straight seasons, which included two eliminations by the Clippers.


New Orleans Pelicans

What they've clinched: At least a play-in spot

The Pelicans have clinched a play-in tournament spot in the Western Conference, although they can still nab a playoff berth.

Last season, New Orleans lost the 9-10 elimination match in the play-in tournament to Oklahoma City. The year prior, they made the playoffs via the play-in, but lost in the first round to the Phoenix Suns.


Phoenix Suns

What they've clinched: At least a play-in spot

The Suns have clinched at least a spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament to continue their streak of postseason appearances.

Phoenix has reached the conference semifinals the last two seasons, but lost to the Denver Nuggets (2023) and the Dallas Mavericks (2022). In 2021, they reached the NBA Finals but fell to the Milwaukee Bucks.


Los Angeles Lakers

What they've clinched: A play-in spot; cannot clinch a playoff berth

The Lakers' path to the playoffs will have to go through the Western Conference play-in tournament as they can no longer finish in the top six.

LeBron James and crew made it to the conference finals last season before being swept by eventual NBA Finals champions Denver Nuggets.


Sacramento Kings

What they've clinched: A play-in spot; cannot clinch a playoff berth

After having been in the mix for a playoff spot for most of the season, the Kings will now have to settle for a spot in the play-in tournament in the Western Conference.

Sacramento made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in the first round.


Golden State Warriors

What they've clinched: A play-in spot; cannot clinch a playoff berth

No shot for a top six spot for the Warriors, who will have to first navigate the Western Conference play-in tournament.

Last season, Golden State reached the conference semifinals before losing to the Lakers. In 2022, the Warriors won the NBA Finals over the Boston Celtics. In 2021, they finished eighth in the standings but lost two straight play-in games (to the Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies) to end that season.