Due to the change, which is effective immediately, teams in each conference will be seeded in order of their regular season record.
The league has also approved a change to tiebreak criteria for the playoffs. Under that change, head-to-head results are now the first criterion to break ties for playoff seeding determining home-court advantage. Under the old rules, the division winner was automatically awarded the higher seed.
I really don't like this. If you're going to have divisions, there needs to be a reason to play for them. That's the whole reason why MLB went to a one-game playoff for its wild card: to give the division champions some kind of advantage. Don't get me wrong, I'm not attached to divisions, especially in the NBA. But either you have to have divisions or you do away with them completely. There is no in between, but unfortunately, that's what we're getting in the NBA. This is a surprise, too. Adam Silver was always a big proponent of divisions, but I suppose his opinion has evolved on the matter.