NBA Playoff Standings 2022: Final Regular-Season Records, Seedings and Bracket



On the final day of the regular season, a single berth in the NBA playoff standings was up for grabs.

The Milwaukee Bucks have tumbled out of the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed after resting Giannis Antetokounmpo and most of their other key players. 

With their win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics moved up one spot in the standings. The Brooklyn Nets' most likely first-round opponent is now Boston. 

By defeating the Indiana Pacers in the East play-in round, Brooklyn won home-court advantage. To set up a rematch with the Celtics, the Nets must defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in a week. 

The Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz both won on Sunday night, ensuring that the Western Conference's top ten remained unchanged. 

Klay Thompson's 40-point performance helped Golden State keep their No. 3 seed, while Utah had an easier night against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The play-in round games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday kick off the postseason. On Saturday and Sunday, the first-round series begins. 

Standings at the end of the regular season 

In the Eastern Conference, 

1. The city of Miami (53-29) 

2. The city of Boston (51-31) 

Milwaukee is number three (51-31) 

4. The city of Philadelphia (51-31) 

5. The city of Toronto (48-34) 

6. The city of Chicago (46-36) 

Brooklyn is number seven (44-38) 

8. The city of Cleveland (44-38) 

9. Athens (43-39) 

Charlotte is ten (43-39) 

The lone movement in the Eastern Conference rankings on Sunday was the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks switching places. 

Milwaukee rested its starters in order to avoid the Brooklyn Nets in the first round by slipping to the No. 3 seed. 

The Bucks did just that after the Celtics beat the Memphis Grizzlies on the road, despite the fact that the Grizzlies had already clinched the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference. 

With the win, the Celtics are set to face the Nets in the first round. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first Eastern Conference play-in game. 

Last Friday, Brooklyn upset Cleveland to take over the No. 7 slot in the Eastern Conference standings, and the Cavaliers will find it impossible to stop Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving throughout four quarters in an elimination game. 

On Friday night, the loser of the Brooklyn-Cleveland game will face the winner of the Atlanta-Charlotte game for the No. 8 seed in the East. 

On Wednesday night in Georgia, Atlanta and Charlotte will compete in an elimination game. The Hawks and Hornets played each other twice during the regular season. On March 16, the Hornets won the previous meeting. 

In their last nine games, the Hawks have won seven of them. The Hornets are riding a three-game winning run into this contest. The Bulls were the only team in that timeframe to win a game on the road. 

In the first round, the victor of Friday's play-in battle will face the Miami Heat. Because of the quick turnaround required for the winner, the series will most likely begin on Sunday. 

Philadelphia and Toronto are set to meet in the playoffs. Matisse Thybulle will miss the Sixers' road games due to his failure to comply with Canada's vaccination requirements. 

The other confirmed first-round playoff matchup in the East is Milwaukee-Chicago.

Conference of the West 

1. The city of Phoenix (64-18) 

2. The city of Memphis (56-26) 

3. The Golden State Warriors (53-29) 

4. Dallas is number four (52-30) 

5. The state of Utah (49-33) 

6. Denver is number six (48-34) 

7. Minnesota is ranked number seven (46-36) 

8. Los Angeles Clippers (#8) (42-40) 

9. New Orleans is number nine (36-46) 

10. San Antonio is ranked number ten (34-48) 

With their victories on Sunday night, Golden State and Utah put the top six West teams in position. 

With a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Warriors clinched the No. 3 seed. The Mavericks remained in fourth place as a consequence of their performance. 

Luka Doncic departed Sunday's game early due to a calf issue, which gave Dallas a scare. The Mavs are calling the injury a left calf strain, according to NBA correspondent Marc Stein. 

Before the Mavs begin their playoff series with the Jazz, Doncic will have at least six days to relax. 

With its win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah maintained its lead over the Denver Nuggets. For the game against the tanking Blazers, Quin Snyder rested Donovan Mitchell. 

In the top half of the Western Conference bracket, the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz are paired with the Phoenix Suns. 

In the first round, Golden State and Denver will face off, with the winner likely facing the Grizzlies in the conference semifinals. 

When the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Memphis' first-round opponent will be revealed. 

On Friday, the loser of that match will face the winner of the New Orleans-San Antonio match in an elimination match.



Source: Bleacherreport.com

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