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  • Jan. 31: A modest three-game win streak finally has the Warriors among the top-six seeds in the West. The Lakers remain out of the playoff picture, currently 13th in the West and 2.5 games behind #10 Utah.
  • Dec. 28: If the playoffs started today, the Warriors would still be in the play-in tournament, while LeBron James and the Lakers would miss the postseason for the second straight season.
  • Nov. 28: After a sluggish 6-9 start, the Warriors have won five of six and are back in a play-in tournament position in the Western Conference.
  • Nov. 1: Early on, the surprising Portland Trail Blazers have the #1 seed in the West. Their odds to make the NBA playoffs have improved from +198 in the preseason to -165.

Be sure to check the latest NBA playoff odds at your book of choice with just about 10 games remaining in the regular season for most teams.

2023 NBA Playoff Picture

Seed Eastern Conference Seed Western Conference
1 Boston Celtics 1 Denver Nuggets
2 Milwaukee Bucks 2 Memphis Grizzlies
3 Philadelphia 76ers 3 Sacramento Kings
4 Brooklyn Nets 4 LA Clippers
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 5 Golden State Warriors
6 Miami Heat 6 Dallas Mavericks
7 New York Knicks 7 Phoenix Suns
8 Atlanta Hawks 8 New Orleans Pelicans
9 Washington Wizards 9 Minnesota Timberwolves
10 Chicago Bulls 10 Utah Jazz

Seeds as of Jan. 31, 2023.

The early NBA Championship odds favor the Celtics, Bucks, and Warriors (all +600). The same teams are favored odds to win the Eastern and Western Conference.

2022 NBA Playoffs Schedule

Round Start Dates
Play-In Tournament April 11th, 2022
1st Round April 15th, 2022
2nd Round May 1st, 2022
Conference Finals May 16th, 2022
NBA Finals June 1st, 2022

When Do the 2023 NBA Playoffs Start?

The Play-In Tournament runs over four days, from April 11th to 14th. The first round gets underway on April 15th and will likely run until the first weekend of May. While the first round and NBA Finals start dates are set in stone, the second-round and conference finals start dates will hinge upon how long the series in the previous round last.

How Does the NBA Playoff Bracket Work?

For the fourth straight season, the NBA will continue with the Play-In Tournament for the 7-10 seeds in each conference before commencing the traditional 16-team playoff format.

Following the Play-In Tournament, the playoffs will continue with a traditional playoff bracket: eight teams from each of the Eastern and Western Conference competing in a postseason of four rounds comprised of seven-game series. The opening round matchups are 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5. The NBA does not re-seed if upsets occur, the bracket is fixed.

How Does the NBA Play-In Tournament Work?

In the Play-In Tournament, the #7 and #8 seed in each conference will each have two opportunities to win one game to earn a playoff spot. The #9 and #10 seed in each conference will each have to win two consecutive games to earn a playoff spot.

The #7 team in each conference hosts the #8 team, with the winner receiving the seventh seed. The winner of the #9 vs #10 game will then face the loser of the 7-8 game, with the winner of that game earning the #8 seed in the final bracket.

Current NBA Standings

Seed Eastern Conference Seed Western Conference
1 Miami Heat 1 Phoenix Suns
2 Milwaukee Bucks 2 Memphis Grizzlies
3 Boston Celtics 3 Golden State Warriors
4 Philadelphia 76ers 4 Dallas Mavericks
5 Toronto Raptors 5 Utah Jazz
6 Chicago Bulls 6 Denver Nuggets
7 Brooklyn Nets 7 Minnesota Timberwolves
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 8 LA Clippers
9 Atlanta Hawks 9 New Orleans Pelicans
10 Charlotte Hornets 10 San Antonio Spurs
11 Washington Wizards 11 Los Angeles Lakers
12 New York Knicks 12 Sacramento Kings
13 Indiana Pacers 13 Portland Trail Blazers
14 Detroit Pistons 14 Oklahoma City Thunder
15 Orlando Magic 15 Houston Rockets

NBA Standings as of April 11th

Once the seeds are set in stone at season’s end, check back in with SBD to see how to complete NBA Playoff bracket and picks your winners all the way to the NBA Finals!

Archived NBA playoff brackets: 2022