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NBA Teams: Which teams play in the NBA?

  • 30 teams play in the NBA - 29 from the United States and 1 from Canada
  • The teams are split between the Eastern and Western Conferences
  • One team from each conferences contests the NBA Finals each year

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NBA Teams: Which teams play in the NBA?

  • 30 teams play in the NBA - 29 from the United States and 1 from Canada
  • The teams are split between the Eastern and Western Conferences
  • One team from each conferences contests the NBA Finals each year


The NBA consists of 30 teams - 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada - that are divided into the Western and Eastern conferences.

Each conference is broken down into three divisions consisting of five teams each.

All 30 NBA teams go through a 82-game regular season before the top eight teams from each conference compete in a playoff series. 

The Eastern and Western conference champions then square off in the grand finale, the NBA Finals which culminates in June each year. 

All of the action is available to watch online each season with NBA live streams.

NBA Eastern Conference Teams


Atlantic Division
Central DivisionSoutheast Division
Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Charlotte Hornets
Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards
New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic

NBA Western Conference Teams


Northwest Division
Pacific Division
Southwest Division
Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks
Utah Jazz Phoenix Suns Houston Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves LA Clippers San Antonio Spurs
Portland Trail Blazers Golden State Warriors Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder Sacramento Kings New Orleans Pelicans      

NBA Teams

How many teams are in the NBA?

There are 30 teams in the NBA. The 30 teams in the NBA are Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards.

Who has won the most NBA Championships?

Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have both won 17 NBA Championships.

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