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NBA playoff standings 2020: Updated odds for Grizzlies, Trail Blazers & other teams to clinch No. 8 seed in West

NBA playoff standings 2020: Updated odds for Grizzlies, Trail Blazers & other teams to clinch No. 8 seed in West 1

The NBA playoff field in the Eastern Conference is set with the Wizards officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Over in the Western Conference, however, an intense race for the final playoff spot continues to rage on.

When the Grizzlies entered the NBA’s campus in Orlando, Fla., they held a 3 1/2 game advantage over the Trail Blazers. That cushion disappeared after four consecutive losses inside the “bubble,” and now Memphis will be without a key player in Jaren Jackson Jr. after the 20-year-old forward suffered a torn meniscus.

The battle for the No. 8 seed in the West is down to a four-team dash toward the finish line (Grizzlies, Spurs, Suns, Trail Blazers), and given the lack of separation in the standings, it appears we are heading toward a play-in tournament ahead of the first round of the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the overall landscape and the latest playoff odds for those four teams.

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NBA standings 2020

Here are the current NBA standings as of Aug. 9.

Eastern Conference

SeedTeamRecordGames back
1.Bucks**55-15
2.Raptors*50-194.5
3.Celtics*47-238
4.Heat*43-2712
5.Pacers*43-2712
6.76ers*42-2813
7.Nets*34-3621
8.Magic*32-3923.5

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched conference
Eliminated: Wizards

Western Conference

SeedTeamRecordGames back
1.Lakers**51-18
2.Clippers*47-234.5
3.Nuggets*46-245.5
4.Rockets*44-257
5.Thunder*43-268
6.Jazz*43-278.5
7.Mavericks*42-3010.5
8.Grizzlies33-3819
Trail Blazers33-3919.5
Spurs31-3820
Suns31-3920.5

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched conference
Eliminated: Kings, Pelicans

NBA playoff picture

SeedTeamRecordGames back
8.Grizzlies33-3819
Trail Blazers33-3919.5
Spurs31-3820
Suns31-3920.5
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(Remaining strength of schedule via Tankathon and playoff probability via FiveThirtyEight)

8. Grizzlies

Remaining games: vs. Celtics, vs. Bucks

Remaining strength of schedule: .729

Playoff probability: 17 percent

— Trail Blazers

Remaining games: vs. Mavericks, vs. Nets

Remaining strength of schedule: .535

Playoff probability: 75 percent

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— Spurs

Remaining games: vs. Rockets, vs. Jazz

Remaining strength of schedule: .626

Playoff probability: 3 percent

— Suns

Remaining games: vs. Thunder, vs. 76ers, vs. Mavericks

Remaining strength of schedule: .602

Playoff probability: 6 percent

How do the NBA playoffs work?

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Each of the 22 remaining teams is scheduled to play eight “seeding games” in order to determine playoff positioning in both conferences.

If the No. 9 seed in each conference is more than four games behind the No. 8 seed at the conclusion of the regular season, the No. 8 seed will earn the final playoff spot. If the No. 9 seed is four games or fewer behind the No. 8 seed, then those teams will enter a play-in tournament (double-elimination for the eighth seed, single-elimination for the ninth seed). 

“Seeding games” will be played through Aug. 14, and a play-in tournament will be held Aug. 15-16 if necessary with the first round of the playoffs starting Aug. 17.

The playoffs will follow the typical format with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals.

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