How are NBA playoff seeding tiebreakers determined? Wizards fans may want to brush up on them

Chase Hughes
NBC Sports Washington
<p>Here are all the different ways playoff seeding tiebreakers work. Wizards fans may want to brush up on this information.</p>

How are NBA playoff seeding tiebreakers determined? Wizards fans may want to brush up on them

Here are all the different ways playoff seeding tiebreakers work. Wizards fans may want to brush up on this information.

Beyond the top two seeds in each conference, the NBA playoff race is so tight that it could get messy determining tiebreakers for seeding.

The playoffs begin in days and there is a chance the Wizards could finish with the same regular season record as the Miami Heat and/or the Milwaukee Bucks. The Wizards are 2-2 against both of those teams, so the head-to-head season series tiebreaker does not apply. Given they are in the same division as the Heat and are not with the Bucks, determining their tiebreakers could get complicated, especially if there is a three-way tie.

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The good news is that the NBA tiebreaker scenarios are made easy (kind of) by a step-by-step outline. Knowing the tiebreakers could come in handy for Wizards fans, here is all of that information...

TIEBREAKER BASIS WHEN TWO TEAMS ARE TIED:

·   (1A) Better winning percentage in games against each other

·   (2A) Division winner (this criterion is applied regardless of whether the tied teams are in the same division)

·   (3A) Better winning percentage against teams in own division (only if tied teams are in same division)

·   (4A) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference

·   (5A) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position)

·   (6A) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position)

·   (7A) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents (point differential).

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TIEBREAKER BASIS WHEN MORE THAN TWO TEAMS ARE TIED:

·   (1B) Division winner (this criterion is applied regardless of whether the tied teams are in the same division)

·   (2B) Better winning percentage in games against each other

·  (3B) Better winning percentage against teams in own division (only if tied teams are in same division)

·   (4B) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference

·   (5B) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position)

·   (6B) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents (point differential)

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