April 16 -- For the past few weeks, NBA.com's Nifty Numbers helped take the guess work out of the playoff chase and division championship races.

And while all 16 spots have been filled for the 2006 NBA Playoffs, that doesn't mean Nifty is going away; not while there is still plenty of jostling for playoff position at the bottom of each conference.

So, stick with us until the end of the regular season on Wednesday.

Note: A "P" under Current Playoff Seeding does not mean the team has clinched that specific seed, but rather been assured a playoff berth.


Nifty #
DIVISION LEADERS CURRENT PLAYOFF SEEDING
ATL
New Jersey Nets
D
CEN
Detroit Pistons
C
SE
Miami Heat
D
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Detroit Pistons Miami Heat New Jersey Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Washington Wizards Milwaukee Bucks Indiana Pacers Chicago Bulls
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Team Ws*
Team Ls
Games Left
2nd Pl. Ls**
49
31
2
-
64
17
1
-
52
28
2
-
64 52 49 49 40 40 40 40
17 28 31 32 40 41 41 41
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
1
- - - - - - - -


Nifty #
DIVISION LEADERS CURRENT PLAYOFF SEEDING
NW
Denver Nuggets
D
PAC
Phoenix Suns
D
SW
San Antonio Spurs
C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
San Antonio Spurs Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets Dallas Mavericks Memphis Grizzlies Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Sacramento Kings
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Team Ws*
Team Ls
Games Left
2nd Pl. Ls**
44
37
1
-
53
28
1
-
62
19
1
-
62 53 44 60 47 46 44 43
19 28 37 21 33 34 37 38
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
- - - - - - - -

* - Number of wins by division or playoff leader
** - Number of losses by second place team (for divisional races) or team in the ninth spot (for playoffs)
Nifty # = (Games in the season + 1) - (No. of wins for division leader) - (No. of losses for second-place team)
^ - Nifty # calculation would be one number higher, but team holds head-to-head tiebreaker with second-place team (divisional race) or ninth spot (playoff berth).
C - Clinched conference championship
D - Clinched division championship
P - Clinched playoff berth
X - Eliminated from playoffs contention

Tiebreaker Basis
(1) Head-to-head
(2) Division record (if the teams are in the same division)
(3) Conference record
(4) Record vs. Playoff teams, own conference
(5) Record vs. Playoff teams, other conference
(6) Net points, all games