NBA Playoff Standings 2014: Knicks Close to Spot in East; Suns Back in Top Eight in West

March 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The NBA playoff standings in 2014 keep shifting, especially near the bottom of the top eight in each conference.

The battle for eighth place in the Eastern Conference is being watched closely, especially by the scores of New York Knicks fans. Despite having a relatively dismal 31-43 record, the Knicks are only one game behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have lost six straight games.

The Charlotte Bobcats, in seventh place, have moved up several games and appear likely to make it into the playoffs.

There’s also a big battle for the eighth spot in the Western Conference, with jockeying between the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies.

The Suns, with a nice 8-2 run in the last 10 games, have pushed back into the top eight. The Suns and Mavericks are currently tied with the Grizzlies a half a game back.

See the full standings below. X means the team has clinched a playoff spot.

Eastern Conference

1. x- Indiana Pacers (52-22)
2. x- Miami Heat (50-22) [1 game back]
3. x- Toronto Raptors (42-31) [9.5 games back]
4. x- Chicago Bulls (41-32) [10.5 games back]
5. Brooklyn Nets (39-33)  [12 games back]
6. Washington Wizards (38-35) [13.5 games back]
7. Charlotte Bobcats (35-38) [16.5 games back]
8. Atlanta Hawks (31-41) [20 games back]

9. New York Knicks (31-43) [21 games back] 
10. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-45) [22.5 games back]

Western Conference 

1. x- San Antonio Spurs (57-16) 
2. x- Oklahoma City Thunder (54-19) [3 games back]
3. x- L.A. Clippers (52-22)  [5.5 games back]
4. Houston Rockets (49-23) [7.5 games back]
5. Portland Trailblazers (48-27) [10 games back]
6. Golden State Warriors (45-28) [12 games back]
7. Phoenix Suns (44-30) [13.5 games back] 
8. Dallas Mavericks (44-30) [13.5 games back]

9. Memphis Grizzlies (43-30) [14 games back] 
10. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-36) [20.5 games back]

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