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Play-in tournament picture heading into 2021 NBA Playoffs

The NBA will have a play-in tournament before the 2021 playoffs involving seeds 7-10 to decide who gets in. We’re keeping an eye on which teams will qualify in each conference.

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Moda Center on April 25, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The 2021 NBA Playoffs are set to begin toward the end of May, but not until we’ve had a little fun with the bottom of the bracket. Last season, the League implemented the play-in tournament to give teams outside the playoff picture a more fair chance of getting into the postseason. This was mainly because of the season being paused and essentially cut short.

The NBA had to cut things down to 72 games in 2020-21, so as a result the play-in tournament is back! Except this time around, we’re throwing more teams into the fire. Seeds 7-10 in each conference will partake in the play-in tournament, which will begin on May 18 and run through May 21. The playoffs will begin May 22.

Here’s a quick overview of the play-in tournament bracket. The 7 and 8 seeds and 9 and 10 seeds will face each other. The winner of the 9-10 matchup goes on to play the loser of the 7-8 matchup. That game will decide who gets the 8-seed, while the winner of the 7-8 matchup enters the playoffs as the 7-seed. You can find the bracket and all this information here. And in this article we’ll be tracking the play-in tournament standings for you.

Eastern Conference Play-in Standings

Place Team Wins Losses Games Back of 1st
Place Team Wins Losses Games Back of 1st
5 Atlanta Hawks 37 31 10
6 Miami Heat 37 31 10
7* Boston Celtics 35 33 12
8* Charlotte Hornets 33 35 14
9* Washington Wizards 32 36 15
10* Indiana Pacers 31 36 15.5
11 Chicago Bulls 29 39 18
12 Toronto Raptors 27 41 20

Western Conference Play-in Standings

Place Team Wins Losses Games Back of 1st
Place Team Wins Losses Games Back of 1st
5 Dallas Mavericks 40 28 10
6 Portland Trail Blazers 39 29 11
7* Los Angeles Lakers 38 30 12
8* Golden State Warriors 35 33 15
9* Memphis Grizzlies 34 33 15.5
10* San Antonio Spurs 32 35 17.5
11 New Orleans Pelicans 31 37 19
12 Sacramento Kings 30 38 20