NBA playoff bracket: Updated league standings, odds to make NBA Finals

It's never too early to look ahead to the NBA playoffs.

Which teams will lock up the No. 1 seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences? Who will be duking it out in the play-in tournament? Which team is favored to win it all? And how long do we have to wait for the action to get underway?

USA TODAY Sports is here with everything you need to know about the NBA playoffs, including live standings and updated playoff brackets. Here's a comprehensive look at the current NBA playoff outlook, including up-to-date postseason standings, NBA Finals odds and important dates:

(Note: Standings and odds as of April 4, 2023).


Eastern Conference

(Odds to win conference in parentheses, provided by Tipico).

1. Milwaukee Bucks (+130)

2. Boston Celtics (+150)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (+460)

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (+1500)

5. New York Knicks (+3500)

6. Brooklyn Nets (+15000)

7. Miami Heat (+4000)

8. Atlanta Hawks (+10000)

9. Toronto Raptors (+8000)

10. Chicago Bulls (+20000)

11. Washington Wizards (+20000)

12. Orlando Magic (+20000)

13. Indiana Pacers (+20000)

14. Charlotte Hornets (+50000)

15. Detroit Pistons (+50000)

Western Conference

(Odds to win conference in parentheses, provided by Tipico).

1. Denver Nuggets (+300)

2. Memphis Grizzlies (+570)

3. Sacramento Kings (+2000)

4. Phoenix Suns (+205)

5. Los Angeles Clippers (+900)

6. Golden State Warriors (+500)

7. Los Angeles Lakers (+770)

8. New Orleans Pelicans (+5000)

9. Minnesota Timberwolves (+6000)

10. Oklahoma City Thunder (+20000)

11. Dallas Mavericks (+1000)

12. Utah Jazz (+20000)

13. Portland Trail Blazers (+20000)

14. San Antonio Spurs (+50000)

15. Houston Rockets (+50000)


Eastern Conference

No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 play-in winner

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. Nos. 7 play-in winner

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 New York Knicks

No. 7 Miami Heat vs. No. 8 Atlanta Hawks

No. 9 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 10 Chicago Bulls

Western Conference

No. 1 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 8 play-in winner

No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 7 play-in winner

No. 3 Sacramento Kings vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors

No. 4 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers

No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans

No. 9 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. No. 10 Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA championship odds

Which team has the best odds to win the 2023 NBA championship? The Bucks (+270) are the favorites, followed by the Celtics (+330), Suns (+450) and Nuggets (+720).

When do the NBA playoffs start?

The play-in tournament kicks off the postseason from April 11-14. First-round playoff matchups tip off April 15. The Finals are slated to begin June 1.

Who won the NBA Finals in 2022?

The Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA title. They defeated the Boston Celtics in six games of a best-of-seven series. Steph Curry was Finals MVP after averaging 31.2 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals and shooting 48.2% from the field and 43.7% on 3-pointers.

When is the NBA Draft?

The 2023 NBA draft will take place June 22. The draft lottery will be held May 16 and will determine the first three picks, with all non-playoff teams eligible for one of the first three selections via a weighted lottery drawing.

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