This is the last week of the Regular Season 2017-18 in the NBA. Week 26 of competition will only have three days of matches, but the 27 matches that will be held in these next 72 hours will serve to determine the positions of 12 teams.

The situation in both conferences is somewhat tricky, but especially complex in the Western Conference. In this conference there are four teams that have secured their ticket for the playoffs, but only two of them know their final position. The criteria for tiebreak in depth can be read in this section of the NBA classification.


Eastern Conference

1. Toronto Raptors (58-22)

First of the East for sure.
It disputed the second best balance of the NBA with Golden State. In case of a tie with Golden State the tiebreaker is favorable to Warriors (2-0 in the series of the season).

2. Boston Celtics (54-26)

Second of the East for sure.
Nothing is played.

3. Philadelphia 76ers (50-30)

They can finish third or fourth. They have two games left (Atlanta and Milwaukee). It depends on itself.
To be third: win both games; or win a game and Cleveland lose two; or lose both games and Cleveland lose two.
To be fourth: win a game less than Cleveland. In case of tie with Cleveland the tiebreaker is favorable to Cavs (division champion).

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (49-31)

They can be third, fourth or fifth. They have two games left against New York.
Winning one more match ensures the Central Division title and the fourth position.
To be third: win both games and Philadelphia lose at least one.
To be fourth: win one of the two games; or not win any and that Indiana does not win either.
To be fifth: lose both games and Indiana win the one that remains. The tie between both favors Indiana (3-1 in the series of the season).

5. Indiana Pacers (48-33)

They can be fourth or fifth. They have two games left against Charlotte. The above cases apply for Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

6. Miami Heat (43-37)

They can be sixth, seventh or eighth. They have two games left against Oklahoma City and Toronto. He has won the tiebreaker with Milwaukee (3-0) and tied Washington (2-2). Washington beat him in case of a draw for better balance against teams from the same division (Miami 11-5, Washington 8-7). It depends on itself.
Winning one more match will be division champion.
To be sixth: win both games; or win one and Washington lose at least one; or lose both games and Washington lose one and Milwaukee lose two.
To be seventh: win a game less than Milwaukee and Washington lose at least one game.
To be eighth: lose both games and both Milwaukee and Washington win all their games.

7. Milwaukee Bucks (43-37)

They can be sixth, seventh or eighth. They have two games left against Orlando and Philadelphia. He has lost the tiebreaker with Miami (3-0) and tied with Washington (2-2). The criteria to break with Washington could be the fourth (best winning percentage in the same conference) as they are rivals of different division and Washington could not be division champion. At the moment against Eastern teams Milwaukee goes 26-24 and Washington 27-23.
Winning the two games is guaranteed to be at least seventh.
To be sixth: win both of your matches and Miami lose at least one.
To be seventh: do the same as Washington and Miami win at least one game.
To be eighth: lose two games and Washington win at least one; or lose a game, Miami lose a game and Washington win both. This last case would be a three-way tie that would win Miami for division champion and best winning percentage accumulated among the total of matches involving all teams tied; the next would be Washington for better balance against teams from the same conference and the last Milwaukee.

8. Washington Wizards (42-38)

They can be sixth, seventh or eighth. They have two games left against Boston and Orlando. He has tied the tiebreakers with Miami (2-2) and Milwaukee (2-2). The criteria to break with Miami is of results against teams from the same division and Washington has worse (8-7) than Miami (11-5).
To be sixth: winning both of its games, Miami losing both and Milwaukee losing at least one.
To be seventh: win a game more than Milwaukee and Miami win at least one.
To be eighth: do the same as Miami and Milwaukee; or lose a game more than Miami and Milwaukee.


Western Conference

**Note: the situation in the West is of such magnitude that we will limit ourselves to show the positions in which they can be and the current situation of the direct tie-breaks.

1. Houston Rockets (64-16)

First of the NBA insurance.
Nothing is played.

2. Golden State Warriors (58-23)

Second of the West for sure.
They disputed the second best balance of the NBA with Toronto. In case of a draw with the Canadians the tiebreaker is favorable to the Warriors (2-0 in the season series)

3. Portland Trail Blazers (48-32)

Mathematically qualified. They can be between the 3rd and 7th positions. They have two games left against Denver and Utah.
It depends on itself. If he wins the two remaining games he will be third.
Direct playoffs won: Thunder (4-0).
Tie-straight tie-ups: Pelicans (2-2).
Direct knockdowns lost: Spurs (2-1) and Jazz (2-1), although the latter may vary as they face on the last day.

4. Utah Jazz (47-33)

Mathematically qualified. They can be between the 3rd and 8th positions. They have two games left against Golden State and Portland.
It depends on itself. If he wins the two remaining games he will be third.
Direct tie-downs won: Spurs (3-1), Pelicans (3-1) and Trail Blazers (2-1), the latter momentarily waiting for the last day.
Tie-Breaked Tie-Breaks: Timberwolves (2-2) and Nuggets (2) -2.
Direct knockdowns lost: Thunder (3-1).

5. New Orleans Pelicans (46-34)

They can be between the 4th and 9th positions.They have two games left against L.A. Clippers and San Antonio.
It depends on itself. If you win a game, you qualify.
Direct tie-downs won: Thunder (2-1) and Spurs (2-1), although the latter may vary as they face on the last day.
Tie-tied tiebreakers: Trail Blazers (2-2).
Lost tie-breakers: Jazz (3-1), Timberwolves (4-0) and Nuggets (2-1).

6. San Antonio Spurs (46-34)

They can be between the 4th and 9th positions. They have two games left before Sacramento and New Orleans.
It depends on itself. If they win the games, they qualify.
Direct playoffs won: Timberwolves (2-1) and Trail Blazers (2-1).
Tie-tied tiebreakers: Thunder (2-2) and Nuggets (2-2).
Direct playoffs lost: Jazz (3-1) and Pelicans (2-1), although the latter may vary as they face on the last day.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (46-34)

They can be between the 4th and 9th positions.They have two games left against Miami and Memphis.
It depends on itself. If you win a game, you qualify.
Direct playoffs won: Jazz (3-1).
Tie-tied tie-breakers: Spurs (2-2).
Lost tie-breakers: Timberwolves (3-1), Pelicans (2-1), Nuggets (3-1) and Trail Blazers (4-0).

8. Minnesota Timberwolves (45-35)

They can be between the 5th and 9th positions. They have two games left to Memphis and Denver.
It depends on itself. If you win two games, you qualify; or if he wins at least Denver is classified.
Direct playoffs won: Thunder (3-1), Pelicans (4-0) and Nuggets (2-1), although the latter momentarily waiting for them to meet on the last day.
Tie-straight tie-ups: Jazz (2-2).
Lost direct playoffs: Spurs (2-1).

9. Denver Nuggets (45-35)

They can be between the 5th and 9th positions. They have two games left against Portland and Minnesota.
It depends on itself. If you win two games, you qualify; or if he wins at least Minnesota and at least one Pelicans team, Thunder or Spurs lose their two games is also classified.
Direct playoffs won: Thunder (3-1) and Pelicans (2-1).
Tie doubles direct: Jazz (2-2) and Spurs (2-2).
Lost tiebreakers: Timberwolves (2-1), although the latter momentarily waiting for them to meet on the last day.

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