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When do the 2019 NBA playoffs start? Schedule, standings, odds for contending teams

The calendar has flipped to April, and that means the 2019 NBA playoffs are quickly approaching. While plenty of tankers are hoping to land Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick, playoff contenders are fighting for positioning — and a few teams are simply searching for playoff berths.

With less than two weeks to go in the 2018-19 NBA regular season, the Warriors and Nuggets are going back and forth for the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. The eight teams in the West are set, but the seedings could change daily until the playoffs begin.

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Over in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks seem to have a stranglehold on the top overall seed, but there is still much to be decided. The Celtics and Pacers are locked in a sprint for home-court advantage in a potential first-round matchup, and there are only three playoff spots remaining for five East teams (Pistons, Nets, Heat, Magic and Hornets).

How does the NBA playoff race look right now? Below are the latest NBA standings, along with playoff odds, remaining schedules and everything else there is to know as the 2018-19 season nears its end.

When do the 2019 NBA playoffs start?

The last day of the NBA regular season is Wednesday, April 10. There could be multiple games with playoff implications on that date, including Magic vs. Hornets, Thunder vs. Bucks and Jazz vs. Clippers.

The 2019 NBA playoffs begin three days later on Saturday, April 13. The conference semifinals will begin April 29-30 (possible move up to April 27-28), and the conference finals will begin May 14-15 (possible move up to May 12-13). The 2019 NBA Finals will begin May 30 and end no later than June 16.

NBA standings: Eastern Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Bucks** 57-20
2. Raptors* 54-23 3
3. 76ers* 49-27 7.5
4. Celtics* 45-32 12
5. Pacers* 45-32 12
6. Pistons 39-37 17.5
7. Nets 39-38 18
8. Heat 38-38 18.5
Magic 38-39 19
Hornets 35-41 21.5

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched division

NBA standings: Western Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Warriors** 52-24
2. Nuggets* 51-25 1
3. Rockets** 49-28 3.5
4. Trail Blazers* 48-28 4
5. Jazz* 46-30 6
6. Clippers* 47-31 6
7. Spurs* 44-33 8.5
8. Thunder* 44-33 8.5

*clinched playoff berth
**clinched division

2019 NBA playoff odds, remaining schedules (East)

1. Bucks

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: at Nets, at 76ers, vs. Nets, vs. Hawks, vs. Thunder

2. Raptors

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Magic, at Nets, at Hornets, vs. Heat, at Timberwolves

3. 76ers

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: at Mavericks, at Hawks, vs. Bucks, at Bulls, at Heat, vs. Bulls

4. Celtics

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Heat, at Heat, at Pacers, vs. Magic, at Wizards

5. Pacers

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Pistons, at Pistons, vs. Celtics, vs. Nets, at Hawks

6. Pistons

Playoff odds: 99 percent
Remaining schedule: at Pacers, vs. Pacers, at Thunder, vs. Hornets, vs. Grizzlies, at Knicks

7. Nets

Playoff odds: 80 percent
Remaining schedule: vs. Bucks, vs. Raptors, at Bucks, at Pacers, vs. Heat

8. Heat

Playoff odds: 34 percent
Remaining schedule: at Celtics, vs. Celtics, at Timberwolves, at Raptors, vs. 76ers, at Nets

— Magic

Playoff odds: 83 percent
Remaining schedule: at Raptors, vs. Knicks, vs. Hawks, at Celtics, at Hornets

— Hornets

Playoff odds: Four percent
Remaining schedule: at Jazz, at Pelicans, vs. Raptors, at Pistons, at Cavaliers, vs. Magic

2019 NBA playoff odds, remaining schedules (West)

1. Warriors

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Nuggets, at Lakers, vs. Cavaliers, vs. Clippers, at Pelicans, at Grizzlies

2. Nuggets

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: at Warriors, vs. Spurs, vs. Trail Blazers, at Trail Blazers, at Jazz, vs. Timberwolves

3. Rockets

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: at Kings, at Clippers, vs. Knicks, vs. Suns, at Thunder

4. Trail Blazers

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: at Timberwolves, vs. Grizzlies, at Nuggets, vs. Nuggets, at Lakers, vs. Kings

5. Jazz

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Hornets, at Suns, vs. Kings, at Lakers, vs. Nuggets, at Clippers

6. Clippers

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Rockets, vs. Lakers, at Warriors, vs. Jazz

7. Spurs

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Hawks, at Nuggets, at Wizards, at Cavaliers, vs. Mavericks

8. Thunder

Playoff odds: In
Remaining schedule: vs. Lakers, vs. Pistons, at Timberwolves, vs. Rockets, at Bucks

(Playoff odds via FiveThirtyEight's prediction model)

NBA playoff picture: Potential first-round matchups

Eastern Conference

(1) Bucks vs. (8) Heat

(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets

(3) 76ers vs. (6) Pistons

(4) Celtics vs. (5) Pacers

Western Conference

(1) Warriors vs. (8) Thunder

(2) Nuggets vs. (7) Spurs

(3) Rockets vs. (6) Clippers

(4) Trail Blazers vs. (5) Jazz

Updated odds to win the 2019 NBA championship

Team Odds
Warriors 2/5
Bucks 6/1
Rockets 7/1
Raptors 10/1
Celtics 14/1
76ers 14/1
Thunder 20/1
Nuggets 30/1
Jazz 40/1
Spurs 80/1
Clippers 200/1
Trail Blazers 200/1
Pacers 300/1
Nets 500/1
Pistons 500/1
Heat 500/1
Magic 1,000/1
Hornets 5,000/1

(Championship odds via sportsline.com)

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