Here are the NBA Eastern Conference standings. The Atlantic, Southeast and Central divisions make up the Eastern Conference. Other than bragging rights, though, there’s little relevance to the divisions in the NBA after alterations to the schedule.

Until the last two seasons, it was a straight path of the top eight teams going into the playoffs. The introduction of a play-in tournament has changed things.


The NBA Eastern Conference standings are usually made up of 82 games, with most of the games against teams in the conference. This was nudged down to 72 for 2020/21, however, due to the condensed NBA regular season.

Fans new to the NBA might want to check out our explained articles for a deeper insight into the inner workings of the Association. The table itself is self-explanatory, though during an NBA season, it’s always worth keeping an eye on the loss column. It’s rare that teams have played the same number of games, so checking how far they are back in the loss column can be a useful way to view things.

Beyond that, it’s also important to look at remaining games. Strength of schedule, long roadtrips and back-to-backs can alter the Eastern Conference standings very quickly.

NBA Eastern Conference teams

The following 15 teams make up the NBA Eastern Conference:

How to follow the NBA Eastern Conference

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