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

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

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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*
53-19
2.5
3.
Celtics*
48-24
7.5
4.
Pacers*
45-28
11
5.
Heat*
44-29
12
6.
76ers*
43-30
13
7.
Nets*
35-37
20.5
8.
Magic*
33-40
23

*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*
49-23
3.5
3.
Nuggets*
46-27
7
4.
Rockets*
44-28
8.5
5.
Thunder*
44-28
8.5
6.
Jazz*
44-28
8.5
7.
Mavericks*
43-32
11
8.
Trail Blazers***
35-39
18.5
9.
Grizzlies***
34-39
19

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

When do the NBA playoffs start in 2020?

Play-in games: Aug. 15-16NBA playoffs: Aug. 17NBA conference finals: Sept. 15NBA Finals: Sept. 30

“Seeding games” will be played through Aug. 14, and a play-in tournament will be held Aug. 15-16 with the first round of the playoffs starting Aug. 17. The NBA Finals will begin Sept. 30 and end no later than Oct. 13.

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

(3) Celtics vs. (5) Heat

Date
Game
Time (ET)
National TV
Sept. 15
Game 1
TBD
ESPN
Sept. 17
Game 2
TBD
ESPN
Sept. 19
Game 3
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
TBD
Game 4
TBD
ESPN
TBD
Game 5*
TBD
ESPN
TBD
Game 6*
TBD
ESPN
TBD
Game 7*
TBD
ESPN

*if necessary

Eastern Conference second round results

(1) Bucks vs. (5) Heat

Date
Game
Time (ET)
National TV
Aug. 31
Heat 115, Bucks 104 (Miami leads 1-0)
6:30 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 2
Heat 116, Bucks 114 (Miami leads 2-0)
6:30 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 4
Heat 115, Bucks 100 (Miami leads 3-0)
6:30 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 6
Bucks 118, Heat 115 (Miami leads 3-1)
3:30 p.m.
ABC
Sept. 8
Heat 103, Bucks 94 (Miami wins series 4-1)
6:30 p.m.
TNT

(2) Raptors vs. (3) Celtics

Date
Game
Time (ET)
National TV
Aug. 30
Celtics 112, Raptors 94 (Boston leads 1-0)
1 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 1
Celtics 102, Raptors 99 (Boston leads 2-0)
5:30 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 3
Raptors 104, Celtics 103 (Boston leads 2-1)
6:30 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 5
Raptors 100, Celtics 93 (Series tied 2-2) 
6:30 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 7
Celtics 111, Raptors 89 (Boston leads 3-2)
6:30 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 9
Raptors 125, Celtics 122 (Series tied 3-3)
6:30 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 11
Celtics 92, Raptors 87 (Boston wins series 4-3)
9 p.m.
TNT

Western Conference second round results

(1) Lakers vs. (4) Rockets

Date
Game
Time (ET)
National TV
Sept. 4
Rockets 112, Lakers 97 (Houston leads 1-0)
9 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 6
Lakers 117, Rockets 109 (Series tied 1-1)
8:30 p.m.
ABC
Sept. 8
Lakers 112, Rockets 102 (Los Angeles leads 2-1)
9 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 10
Lakers 110, Rockets 100 (Los Angeles leads 3-1)
7 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 12
Game 5
8 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 14
Game 6*
TBD
TNT
Sept. 16
Game 7*
TBD
TNT

*if necessary

(2) Clippers vs. (3) Nuggets

Date
Game
Time (ET)
National TV
Sept. 3
Clippers 120, Nuggets 97 (Los Angeles leads 1-0)
9 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 5
Nuggets 110, Clippers 101 (Seried tied 1-1)
9 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 7
Clippers 113, Nuggets 107 (Los Angeles leads 2-1)
9 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 9
Clippers 96, Nuggets 85 (Los Angeles leads 3-1)
9 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 11
Nuggets 111, Clippers 105 (Los Angeles leads 3-2)
6:30 p.m.
TNT
Sept. 13
Game 6
1 p.m.
ESPN
Sept. 15
Game 7*
TBD
ESPN

*if necessary

Eastern Conference first round results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game 1: Heat 113, Pacers 101Game 2: Heat 109, Pacers 100Game 3: Heat 124, Pacers 115Game 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 93Game 2: Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 88Game 3: Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 108Game 4: Lakers 135, Trail Blazers 115Game 5: Lakers 131, Trail Blazers 122

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

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

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

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

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

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

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