The race for the top seed looks to be boiling down to Philly or Brooklyn, with only a half game separating the East’s top two teams.
How the NBA play-in tournament works
Normally the team with the best regular season record plays the team with the 8th best record in their conference in the first round of the playoffs. The teams sitting at seventh through 10th in the standings will participate in the tournament, which will break down as follows:
The seventh best record will play the team with the 8th best record in a single game. The standings have changed significantly since we ranked possible matchups last month, but today we’ll be sticking to teams that are within two games of being in the play-in tournament.