NBA playoff image: Warriors tighten grip on high-four seed; pink-scorching Hawks bounce to No. 8; Nets topple to No. 10

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Celtics on Thursday to move into the East's No. 2 seed, one game up on No. 3 Boston and No. 4 Philadelphia. A potentially complicated tiebreaker scenario could unfold between the Celtics and Bucks, which we'll explain in detail below. Also, in the East, the Miami Heat clinched the No. 1…

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The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Celtics on Thursday to scoot into the East's No. 2 seed, one sport up on No. 3 Boston and No. 4 Philadelphia. A potentially sophisticated tiebreaker anxiety might perchance well unfold between the Celtics and Bucks, which we'll unique intimately below. 

Moreover, in the East, the Miami Heat clinched the No. 1 seed by ability of a Boston and Philadelphia loss. Now, simplest the Bucks can match Miami's 52-take ticket. With the Milwaukee-Miami season series tied 2-2 and both teams being division winners, the following tiebreaker might perchance well be the conference document, which might perchance well discontinue up tied, too. Which can perchance well take it to document in opposition to Eastern Convention playoff teams, which Miami has secured. 

Within the West, the Nuggets clinched a playoff blueprint, locking the Timberwolves into the No. 7 seed, whereas the Warriors remain one sport up on the Mavericks with two to play. We're going to be retaining shut tabs on the playoff flee with every day updates the remainder of the kind. Below is where issues stand coming into play on Friday, April 8.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Phoenix Suns

Phoenix has clinched the No. 1 total seed. 

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup:  TBD (play-in results)  

2. Memphis Grizzlies 

The Grizzlies delight in clinched the No. 2 seed. 

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup:  Timberwolves vs. Clippers play-in winner

3. Golden Articulate Warriors

The Warriors remain one sport up on No. 4 Dallas in the loss column with two to play. Golden Articulate has clinched a high-four seed. 

  • Projected seed:  3
  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: Nuggets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Mavericks: Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head advantage

4. Dallas Mavericks 

Dallas is one sport relief of No. 3 Golden Articulate in the loss column with two to play, and Dallas has the tiebreaker. The Mavericks delight in clinched a high-four seed. 

  • Projected seed:  4

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: Jazz

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Warriors: Dallas has clinched with a 3-1 head-to-head advantage

5. Utah Jazz 

The Jazz clinched a high-six seed with their take over Memphis on Tuesday. They're one sport up on No. 6 Denver with two to play. 

  • Projected seed:  6
  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: Mavericks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: Jazz delight in clinched with a 4-0 head-to-head advantage

6. Denver Nuggets 

The Nuggets clinched a high-six seed with their take over the Grizzlies on Thursday. The Nuggets are one sport relief of the No. 5 Jazz with two to play, however the Jazz delight in the tiebreaker. 

  • Projected seed:  5

  • Unusual play-in matchup: Warriors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Jazz: Utah has clinched with 4-0 head-to-head advantage

PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves are locked into the No. 7 seed. 

  • Play-in matchup: Clippers

8. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are locked into the No. 8 seed. 

  • Play-in matchup: Timberwolves

9. Unusual Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans lead the No. 10 Spurs by two video games with two to play (Spurs delight in the tiebreaker). Unusual Orleans cannot attain any greater than the No. 9 seed. 

  • Projected seed:  9

  • Unusual play-in matchup: Spurs

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Spurs: San Antonio has clinched by 3-1 head-to-head advantage

10. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs has clinched a play-in berth. The Spurs can mathematically bewitch the No. 9 Pelicans, whom they walk by two video games with two final and the tiebreaker in hand. The Spurs can no longer attain any greater than the No. 9 seed. 

  • Projected seed: 10

  • Unusual play-in matchup:  Pelicans
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelicans: San Antonio has clinched by 3-1 head-to-head advantage

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Klay Thompson and the Warriors remain one sport up on the Mavericks with two to play.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Miami Heat

Miami has clinched the No. 1 seed. 

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: TBD (play-in results)

2. Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee beat Boston on Thursday to scoot into the No. 2 seed, one sport up on the No. 3 Celtics in the loss column and one beefy sport up on the No. 4 Sixers. The Bucks delight in two video games final. 

If the Bucks and the Celtics discontinue up in a tie, the Celtics — assuming they bear earlier than Philadelphia for the Atlantic division crown — can delight in the threshold by a fifth tiebreaker. 

Right here is a little bit of sophisticated, so hear. 

It goes love this: head-to-head is the first tiebreaker, and the Boston-Milwaukee season series is tied 2-2. The following tiebreaker goes to a division winner, but at show, both Boston and Milwaukee might perchance well be division winners. So it then goes to the conference document. Boston will attain 33-19 in opposition to the East, whereas the Bucks are at show 32-18 with two Eastern Convention opponents left on their agenda (Detroit and Cleveland). If Milwaukee wins both those video games, there might perchance well no longer be a tiebreaker because they are going to thrill in an even bigger document than Boston. If Milwaukee splits those two video games and Boston beats Memphis, both the Bucks and Celtics would attain with a 33-19 document in opposition to the East. 

At final, it would come all the kind down to their document in opposition to Eastern Convention playoffs teams, and right here is where Boston has already clinched with a ticket of 20-13 over Milwaukee's 17-15 document, pending its final sport in opposition to Cleveland. 

If it ends in a three-contrivance tie between the Bucks, Celtics, and Sixers, it will get made up our minds by spherical-robin take share. Milwaukee would obtain the No. 2 seed with a 4-3 mixed document in opposition to the Celtics and Sixers; Boston would land at No. 3 with a 4-4 document in opposition to the Bucks and Sixers; Philly would discontinue up No. 4 with a 3-4 document in opposition to the Bucks and Celtics. 

  • Projected seed:  2

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: Cavaliers vs. Nets play-in winner
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Boston:  Celtics at show delight in by conference take share (glimpse above for rising anxiety)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia: Bucks delight in clinched by 2-1 head-to-head advantage

3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics misplaced to Milwaukee on Thursday and are if fact be told one sport relief of the Bucks in the loss column with one sport final. If the Bucks and Celtics discontinue up in a two-contrivance tie, kindly scroll up to the Milwaukee fragment, where the refined tiebreaker anxiety is detailed. 

The Celtics are tied in the loss column with the No. 4 Sixers but delight in clinched the tiebreaker by ability of an even bigger Atlantic division document (season series tied 2-2). 

If it ends in a three-contrivance tie between the Bucks, Celtics, and Sixers, it will get made up our minds by spherical-robin take share. Milwaukee would obtain the No. 2 seed with a 4-3 mixed document in opposition to the Celtics and Sixers; Boston would land at No. 3 with a 4-4 document in opposition to the Bucks and Sixers; Philly would discontinue up No. 4 with a 3-4 document in opposition to the Bucks and Celtics. 

  • Projected seed:  3

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup:  Bulls

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Celtics delight in clinched by 2-0 head-to-head advantage with one matchup left
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee:  Celtics lead season series 2-1 with one sport final
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia:  Celtics at show delight in with greater Atlantic division document (head-to-head tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto:  Boston at show owns as Atlantic division chief

4. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers are tied in the loss column with the No. 3 Celtics and one relief of the No. 2 Bucks. The Sixers deserve to attain 2-0 and the Bucks deserve to attain 0-2 for Philly to scoot Milwaukee (Bucks delight in tiebreaker). 

If Philly ends up tied with Boston, the Celtics delight in clinched the tiebreaker by ability of an even bigger Atlantic division document (season series tied 2-2). 

If it ends up in a three-contrivance tie between the Celtics, Bucks, and Sixers, the Sixers will discontinue up because the No. 4 seed no subject who wins the game between Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday because they are simplest 3-4 in opposition to those two teams, and Boston and Milwaukee cannot dip to that low of a take share among the three teams appealing.

  • Projected seed:  4

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: Raptors

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami at show owns by conference document (season series tied 2-2, both teams leading division)  

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston:  Boston has clinched by Atlantic division document
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Milwaukee: Bucks delight in clinched by 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto: Raptors lead season series 2-1 with one head-to-head final

5. Toronto Raptors  

The Raptors delight in clinched a playoff blueprint. Toronto is 2 video games up on the No. 6 Bulls with two video games left (Chicago owns tiebreaker). 

  • Projected seed:  5

  • Unusual play-in matchup:  76ers

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston:  Celtics at show delight in as Atlantic division chief
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Milwaukee: Raptors delight in clinched by 3-0 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia:  Raptors lead season series 2-1 with one head-to-head final
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Chicago: Chicago has clinched the tiebreaker by 3-1 head-to-head advantage

6. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are two video games relief of No. 5 Toronto with two to play (Chicago has clinched the tiebreaker so or no longer it is technically alive to scoot Toronto). The Bulls delight in clinched a playoff blueprint and can't rise above the No. 5 seed.

  • Projected seed:  6

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup: Bucks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto:  Chicago has clinched the tiebreaker by 3-1 head-to-head advantage

CURRENT PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Cleveland Cavaliers 

The Cavaliers are shapely one sport up on No. 8 Brooklyn and No. 9 Atlanta with two to play. A form of video games is Friday in opposition to the Nets, who would scoot Cleveland with a head-to-head victory that might perchance well also seal the tiebreaker for Brooklyn. Atlanta also owns the tiebreaker over Cleveland. The Cavs cannot rise into the head six.  

  • Projected seed:  8

  • Unusual first-spherical matchup:  Nets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn:  Nets lead season series 2-1 with one matchup final
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta: Hawks delight in clinched by 3-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte: Cleveland at show owns by conference document (season series tied 2-2)

8. Brooklyn Nets 

Brooklyn is one relief of No. 7 Cleveland, which it plays on Friday, If the Nets take that sport, they'd also seal the tiebreaker over Cleveland, which implies the Nets withhold watch over their very delight in future for the No. 7 seed. The Nets are tied with the No. 9 Hawks and delight in clinched that tiebreaker as successfully. Brooklyn and Atlanta every delight in two video games left. 

  • Projected seed:  7

  • Unusual play-in matchup:  Hornets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland:  Nets lead season series 2-1 with one matchup final
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta:  Nets delight in clinched by 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte:  Hornets delight in clinched by 2-1 head-to-head advantage

9. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks are tied with the No. 8 Nets (Brooklyn owns tiebreaker). Every staff has two video games final. The Hawks lead the No. 10 Hornets by one sport and at show delight in the tiebreaker by conference take share. 

  • Projected seed:  9

  • Unusual play-in matchup:  Cavs

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn:  Nets delight in clinched by 2-1 head-to-head advantage

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte:  Atlanta at show owns by conference take share

10. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are one relief of the No. 9 Hawks and No. 8 Nets. Charlotte has clinched the tiebreaker over Brooklyn and might perchance well peaceable perform the tiebreaker over Atlanta by conference document (every staff has 25 conference losses for the time being; Charlotte has two Eastern Convention video games final and the Hawks delight in one). 

  • Projected seed:  10

  • Unusual play-in matchup:  Nets

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland: Cavs at show delight in by conference document (season series tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn:  Hornets delight in clinched by 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta:  Hornets at show delight in by conference document (season series tied 2-2)

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