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NBA Playoff Picture: Updated standings, seeding, postseason race

We’ll be tracking the latest in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference playoff races.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden reacts in the second half at Spectrum Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve got about a month to go in the NBA regular season and the playoff picture in each conference is somewhat taking shape. The Eastern Conference looks like a one-man show at the top with other horses jockeying for position behind the Bucks. The West is a bit tighter, but the Lakers have established a solid lead over the rest of the pack. Here we’ll be updating you on the latest standings and breaking down the races in both the Eastern and Western Conferences heading into the postseason.

UPDATE: March 10 — The Celtics have clinched a spot in the postseason with a win over the Pacers on Tuesday night. The Wizards picked up another win but their playoff chances are fading rapidly. Boston and Miami are separating themselves from the rest of the East along with the Bucks and Raptors at the top.

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

Seed Team Record GB Playoff Chances Title Odds Cinched?
Seed Team Record GB Playoff Chances Title Odds Cinched?
1 Bucks 53-12 -- 100% +230 Yes
2 Raptors 46-18 6.5 100% +2000 Yes
3 Celtics 43-21 9.5 100% +1700 Yes
4 Heat 41-23 11.5 100% +2000 No
5 Pacers 39-26 14 100% +7000 No
6 Sixers 38-26 14.5 100% +2300 No
7 Magic 30-35 23 100% +20000 No
8 Nets 29-34 23 99.50% +20000 No
9 Wizards 24-40 28.5 0.40% +50000 No
10 Hornets 22-42 30.5 0.10% +80000 No

UPDATE: March 10 — The Lakers were off Tuesday night and ended up losing to the Nets at home 104-102. As a result, the Clippers moved closer in the West standings after blowing out the Warriors 131-107. It’s not out of the question for the Clips to catch the Lakers for first place. Kawhi and Co. have a very soft schedule the rest of the season and face the Lakers again on April 9 — the second to last week of the regular season.

The West continues to be a logjam at seed 2-7. The Mavs dropped a big game to the Spurs and now the Rockets have a 2.0 game lead for the No. 6 seed. The Spurs have a shot to jump into the No. 9 slot if they can keep LaMarcus Aldridge healthy. The Grizzlies desperately need to get some size back in Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow, plus Brandon Clarke.

Western Conference Playoff Picture

Seed Team Record GB Playoff Chances Title Odds Cinched?
Seed Team Record GB Playoff Chances Title Odds Cinched?
1 Lakers 49-14 -- 100% +280 Yes
2 Clippers 44-20 5.5 100% +325 No
3 Nuggets 43-21 6.5 100% +1800 No
4 Jazz 41-23 8.5 100% +2200 No
5 Thunder 40-24 9.5 100% +7000 No
6 Rockets 40-24 9.5 100% +1200 No
7 Mavericks 39-27 11.5 100% +3000 No
8 Grizzlies 32-33 18 38.80% +25000 No
9 Trail Blazers 29-37 21.5 9.00% +15000 No
10 Pelicans 28-36 21.5 33.00% +20000 No
11 Kings 28-36 21.5 10.30% +50000 No
12 Spurs 27-36 22 8.80% +20000 No
13 Suns 26-38 24 0.10% +50000 No

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