Not a whole lot changed in the NBA's playoff picture on Tuesday night, as most of the teams in action have already been eliminated. We did, however, learn that the Atlanta Hawks will be the No. 5 seed and the Milwaukee Bucks will be sixth in the Eastern Conference.
That means the Hawks will face the Washington Wizards in the first round beginning this weekend. The times and dates have not been determined, though the series will start at the Verizon Center with the Wizards holding homecourt advantage.
The Hawks now have nothing to play for in their final regular season game on Wednesday and that could be interesting because they close out against the Indiana Pacers, who have yet to clinch a playoff spot. Right now the Pacers are seventh in the conference and control their own destiny. One more win and they are in.
The Bulls and Heat enter Wednesday with the same record. Chicago is currently eighth by way of their head-to-head record against Miami and they play the last-place Nets on Wednesday. Brooklyn also just happens to be resting many of their best players. The Heat play the Wizards, who could either rest some players outright or limit their minutes.
Also yet to be determined is the top seed in the East. The Celtics, who are currently a game ahead of the No. 2 Cavs, have the Bucks on Wednesday while Cleveland battles the Raptors.
In the West, we still don't know who will have homecourt advantage in 4-5 series between the Clippers and Jazz. The Clippers are currently by way of a tiebreaker and close out their season against the lowly Kings. The Jazz have to play the Spurs.
Here is what we know:
- the Cavs, Celtics, Raptors, Wizards, Hawks and Bucks have clinched playoff spots. The Pacers and Bulls currently hold the seventh and eight seeds, though they haven't clinched.
- the Wizards are locked into the fourth seed and will play the Hawks, the fifth seed
- the Bucks will be the sixth seed
- the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, Jazz, Thunder, Grizzlies and Blazers have clinched playoff spots
- the Warriors will be the No. 1 seed, the Spurs will be No. 2, the Rockets No. 3, the Thunder No. 6, the Grizzlies No. 7 and the Blazers No. 8
- the No. 1 Warriors will face the No. 8 Blazers, the No. 2 Spurs will battle the No. 7 Grizzles, the No. 3 Rockets will play the No. 6 Thunder
Here is what we don't know:
- the last two playoff spots
- which teams will get the 1-3 and 7-8 seeds
- whether the Clippers or Jazz will earn the four seed and therefore have home court advantage in their 4-5 series
Here is what the playoff picture looks like currently:
2017 NBA PLAYOFFS BRACKET PROJECTION
Eastern Conference (As of Wednesday morning 4/12):
No. 1 Boston Celtics (52-29) vs. No. 8 Chicago Bulls (40-41)
No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers (51-30) vs. No. 7 Indiana Pacers (41-40)
No. 3 Toronto Raptors (50-31) vs. No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks (42-39)
No. 4 Washington Wizards (49-32) vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks (43-38)
Western Conference (As of Wednesday morning 4/12):
No. 1 Golden State Warriors (66-15) vs. No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers (41-40)
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs (61-20) vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies (43-38)
No. 3 Houston Rockets (54-27) vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder (47-34)
No. 4 L.A. Clippers (50-31) vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz (50-31)