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NBA playoff seeding tracker: Suns one game back from No. 1 seed Jazz

Phoenix Suns' Mikal Bridges, left, is congratulated by Chris Paul, right, during overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday, April 19, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

A decade-long playoff drought is over for the Phoenix Suns.

After taking down the Clippers on April 28, the Suns have clinched a top-six seed in the Western Conference. Not only that, but the Suns appear intent on chasing down the No. 1 seed.

When Phoenix beat Utah on April 30, the Suns and Jazz continued the week after to win on each other’s off days, with the teams flip-flopping as the No. 1 seed.

But that trend ended on Wednesday. The Suns fell to the Atlanta Hawks, while the Jazz kept on trucking, smashing the San Antonio Spurs to move back up top.

The Jazz continued their winning ways to hold onto the No. 1 seed on Friday, defeating the now No. 4 seed Denver Nuggets, while the Suns stay one game behind after beating the Knicks.

The Clippers moved into the No. 3 seed after a Thursday win over the Los Angeles Lakers paired with the Nuggets’ loss.

For now, we’ll leave out the potential playoff matchups — there’s still the play-in tournament for the 7-10 seeds that will change those anyway — and keep the focus on the first through fourth seeds, where there’s a tight grouping of teams jostling for postseason positioning.

NBA Western Conference playoff seeding tracker

Place Team Record (Winning %) Games back
1 49-18 (.731)
2 48-19 (.716) 1
3 45-22 (.672) 4
4 44-23 (.657) 5


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