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NBA playoff bracket 2020: Updated standings, seeds & results from each round

Sporting News — (Jordan Greer)

The NBA season is typically a marathon run of games over several months, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned the 2019-20 campaign into a sprint toward the finish line.

The playoff fields in each conference are now set, and there should be plenty of drama as teams begin their postseason runs.

Can one of the West teams prevent a Clippers vs. Lakers showdown in the conference finals? Will anyone challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the East? Those questions will soon be answered.

Let's take a look at the 2020 NBA playoff picture, including the final standings and seedings.

NBA PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS:
Series-by-series breakdowns & NBA Finals picks

NBA playoff bracket

NBA standings

Here are the NBA standings based on games completed both during the 2019-20 regular season prior to the suspension of play and inside the league's "bubble."

Eastern Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1.Bucks**56-17
2.Raptors*53-192.5
3.Celtics*48-247.5
4.Pacers*45-2811
5.Heat*44-2912
6.76ers*43-3013
7.Nets*35-3720.5
8.Magic*33-4023

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched conference
Eliminated: Bulls, Cavs, Hawks, Hornets, Knicks, Pistons, Wizards

Western Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1.Lakers**52-19
2.Clippers*49-233.5
3.Nuggets*46-277
4.Rockets*44-288.5
5.Thunder*44-288.5
6.Jazz*44-288.5
7.Mavericks*43-3211
8.Trail Blazers***35-3918.5
9.Grizzlies***34-3919

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched conference
***clinched play-in berth
Eliminated: Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Timberwolves, Warriors

How do the NBA playoffs work?

The No. 9 Grizzlies finished within four games of the No. 8 Trail Blazers in the Western Conference standings, triggering a play-in tournament for the final playoff spot. The Trail Blazers defeated the Grizzlies in the play-in game to advance to the first round of the postseason. They will enter the bracket as the No. 8 seed and face the Lakers.

Beyond the play-in round, the 2020 NBA playoffs will follow the typical format with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals.

NBA playoffs schedule, results

Eastern Conference finals results

(3) Celtics vs. (5) Heat

Date Game Time (ET) National TV
Sept. 15Heat 117, Celtics 114 (Miami leads 1-0)6:30 p.m.ESPN
Sept. 17Heat 106, Celtics 101 (Miami leads 2-0)7 p.m.ESPN
Sept. 19Celtics 117, Heat 106 (Miami leads 2-1)8:30 p.m.ESPN
Sept. 23Game 48:30 p.m.ESPN
Sept. 25Game 58:30 p.m.ESPN
Sept. 27Game 6*7:30 p.m.ESPN
TBDGame 7*TBDESPN

*if necessary

Western Conference finals results

(1) Lakers vs. (3) Nuggets

Date Game Time (ET) National TV
Sept. 18Lakers 126, Nuggets 114 (Los Angeles leads 1-0)9 p.m.TNT
Sept. 20Game 27:30 p.m.TNT
Sept. 22Game 39 p.m.TNT
Sept. 24Game 49 p.m.TNT
Sept. 26Game 5*9 p.m.TNT
Sept. 28Game 6*TBDTNT
Sept. 30Game 7*TBDTNT

*if necessary

Eastern Conference second round results

(1) Bucks vs. (5) Heat: Miami wins series, 4-1

  • Game 1: Heat 115, Bucks 104
  • Game 2: Heat 116, Bucks 114
  • Game 3: Heat 115, Bucks 100
  • Game 4: Bucks 118, Heat 115
  • Game 5: Heat 103, Bucks 94

(2) Raptors vs. (3) Celtics: Boston wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1: Celtics 112, Raptors 94
  • Game 2: Celtics 102, Raptors 99
  • Game 3: Raptors 104, Celtics 103
  • Game 4: Raptors 100, Celtics 93
  • Game 5: Celtics 111, Raptors 89
  • Game 6: Raptors 125, Celtics 122
  • Game 7: Celtics 92, Raptors 87

Western Conference second round results

(1) Lakers vs. (4) Rockets: Los Angeles wins series, 4-1

  • Game 1: Rockets 112, Lakers 97
  • Game 2: Lakers 117, Rockets 109
  • Game 3: Lakers 112, Rockets 102
  • Game 4: Lakers 110, Rockets 100
  • Game 5: Lakers 119, Rockets 96

(2) Clippers vs. (3) Nuggets: Denver wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1: Clippers 120, Nuggets 97
  • Game 2: Nuggets 110, Clippers 101
  • Game 3: Clippers 113, Nuggets 107
  • Game 4: Clippers 96, Nuggets 85
  • Game 5: Nuggets 111, Clippers 105
  • Game 6: Nuggets 111, Clippers 98
  • Game 7: Nuggets 104, Clippers 89

Eastern Conference first round results

(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic: Milwaukee wins series, 4-1

  • Game 1: Magic 122, Bucks 110
  • Game 2: Bucks 111, Magic 96
  • Game 3: Bucks 121, Magic 107
  • Game 4: Bucks 121, Magic 106
  • Game 5: Bucks 118, Magic 104

(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets: Toronto wins series, 4-0

  • Game 1: Raptors 134, Nets 110
  • Game 2: Raptors 104, Nets 99
  • Game 3: Raptors 117, Nets 92
  • Game 4: Raptors 150, Nets 122

(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers: Boston wins series, 4-0

  • Game 1: Celtics 109, 76ers 101
  • Game 2: Celtics 128, 76ers 101
  • Game 3: Celtics 102, 76ers 94
  • Game 4: Celtics 110, 76ers 106

(4) Pacers vs. (5) Heat: Miami wins series, 4-0

  • Game 1: Heat 113, Pacers 101
  • Game 2: Heat 109, Pacers 100
  • Game 3: Heat 124, Pacers 115
  • Game 4: Heat 99, Pacers 87

Western Conference first round results

(1) Lakers vs. (8) Trail Blazers: Los Angeles wins series, 4-1

  • Game 1: Trail Blazers 100, Lakers 93
  • Game 2: Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 88
  • Game 3: Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 108
  • Game 4: Lakers 135, Trail Blazers 115
  • Game 5: Lakers 131, Trail Blazers 122

(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks: Los Angeles wins series, 4-2

  • Game 1: Clippers 118, Mavericks 110
  • Game 2: Mavericks 127, Clippers 114
  • Game 3: Clippers 130, Mavericks 122
  • Game 4: Mavericks 135, Clippers 133
  • Game 5: Clippers 154, Mavericks 111
  • Game 6: Clippers 111, Mavericks 97

(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Jazz: Denver wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1: Nuggets 135, Jazz 125
  • Game 2: Jazz 124, Nuggets 105
  • Game 3: Jazz 124, Nuggets 87
  • Game 4: Jazz 129, Nuggets 127
  • Game 5: Nuggets 117, Jazz 107
  • Game 6: Nuggets 119, Jazz 107
  • Game 7: Nuggets 80, Jazz 78

(4) Rockets vs. (5) Thunder: Houston wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1: Rockets 123, Thunder 108
  • Game 2: Rockets 111, Thunder 98
  • Game 3: Thunder 119, Rockets 107
  • Game 4: Thunder 117, Rockets 114
  • Game 5: Rockets 114, Thunder 80
  • Game 6: Thunder 104, Rockets 100
  • Game 7: Rockets 104, Thunder 102