How to read NBA Standings
After the team names on the NBA Standings, the first three columns are the most important to follow and they also dictate the order of the standings. Win and Loss are self-explanatory and Percent is the winning percentage of the team. The simple math formula for Percent is:
Win / Win + Loss
The Records are updated Live on the NBA Standings after each game concludes. The GB is short for Games Back and it shows how far teams are behind the leader of the division. There are six divisions in the NBA, divided into three from both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
The Home and Away records in the NBA Standings are a great added feature and it shows how well a team plays as a visitor. It’s often been said in the NBA betting circles that if you want to find a great team, show me how well it produces on the road.
After the Home-Away records, the Conference record is available. Since the NBA Playoffs are split into two conferences before the NBA Finals, knowing how good a team has been versus the other 14 teams in each conference is huge.
The Last 10 column is clear-cut, just the record of the last 10 games for each team. The most resourceful feature is the Streaks, which shows you how many consecutive wins or losses a team currently has. Riding a team on a heater or a winning streak is never a bad idea nor is fading a club mired in a losing skid.
NBA Eastern Conference Standings History
The Eastern Conference Finals is the championship of the NBA Eastern Conference and the third round of the NBA Playoffs. The winner of this game will advance to the NBA Finals.Each conference is divided into three divisions of five teams and this format began in the 2004-05 NBA regular season.
The Eastern Conference was technically created in 1946 with six teams but the conference finals began in the 1971 season. The Boston Celtics have captured the most East titles with nine, there last championship coming in 2010. The Chicago Bulls have won six but the last title came for that franchise in 1998. The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers both have five championships each and future NBA Hall of Famer LeBron James has helped those teams capture nine of them.
NBA Western Conference Standings History
The Western Conference Finals is the championship of the NBA Western Conference and the third round of the NBA Playoffs. The winner of this game advances to the NBA Finals.
The NBA Western Conference has been dominated by teams from California, in particular the Los Angeles Lakers. The “Purple and Gold” team out of Hollywood has won 18 times, the first coming in 1972 and the most recent in 2010. Another West Coast team just north of Los Angeles that has made its mark is the Golden State Warriors, who have five West championships and all of them were won consecutively between 2015 and 2019.