ESPN Wisconsin

Countdown to Kickoff

Wrong version or no version of Flash detected

How the NBA breaks ties

Apr 11, 2012 -- 10:04pm

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

There was plenty of talk about tiebreakers Wednesday night at the Bradley Center. Here is a look at the way the NBA breaks ties:

  • Two-Team Tiebreaker:
    • 1. Division winner (this criterion is applied regardless of whether the tied teams are in the same division)
    • 2. Better record in head-to-head games
    • 3. Higher winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
    • 4. Higher winning percentage in conference games
    • 5. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
    • 6. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference
    • 7. Higher point differential between points scored and points allowed
  • Three-Team Tiebreaker:
    • 1. Division winner (this criterion is applied regardless of whether the tied teams are in the same division)
    • 2. Best head-to-head winning percentage among all teams tied
    • 3. Highest winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)
    • 4. Highest winning percentage in conference games
    • 5. Highest winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference
    • 6. Highest point differential between points scored and points allowed

Return to: Drew Olson Blog

ON AIR - LISTEN LIVE

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
540 AM: Listen
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
100.5 FM: Listen

Coming Up

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

SVP & Russillo

Coming Up

12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

SVP & Russillo

ESPN WISCONSIN PHOTO GALLERIES

  • Milwaukee Recently Updated

    more

    • Miller Lite Football Show live from the Miller Time Pub 9-28-14

    • ESPN Milwaukee and Southern Comfort at Jack's American Pub 9-28-14

    • ESPN Milwaukee at the American Heart Walk 9-28-14

    WISCONSIN CALENDAR

    There are no games scheduled for today.

    There are no games scheduled for today.

    There are no games scheduled for today.

    There are no games scheduled for today.

    An Ad has not been trafficed here..