Playoff matchups take shape across the NBA

By WGR 550 SportsRadio

The NBA restart in the Orlando, Florida bubble has just two more days of the regular season portion and all but one playoff series is locked in. 

After the result of Wednesday's matchups, the Western Conference's top seed, the Los Angeles Lakers, is the only team that doesn't know who their first round opponent will be.


Eastern Conference: 

1 - Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8 - Orlando Magic 

2 - Toronto Raptors vs. 7 - Brooklyn Nets

3 - Boston Celtics vs. 6 - Philadelphia 76ers

4/5 - Miami Heat vs. 4/5 - Indiana Pacers


Western Conference: 

1 - Los Angeles Lakers vs. 8 - Portland Trail Blazers/Memphis Grizzlies/Phoenix Suns/San Antonio Spurs

2 - Los Angeles Clippers vs. 7 - Dallas Mavericks 

3 - Denver Nuggets vs. 6 - Utah Jazz 

4/5 - Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 4/5 - Houston Rockets


A play-in series for the final spot in the West will have to happen as the ninth-seed is guaranteed to end the season within four games of the eigth-seed. Two teams will play in a series that would require the eighth-seed to win just one game, while the ninth-seed would have to win two in order to advance.

Thanks to a 51-point and 61-point performance in back-to-back games from Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers jumped the Grizzlies for the final seed in the West with just one game remaining for each. The Grizzlies, Suns, and Spurs are all a half game back from Portland with Memphis taking the advantage in tie-breakers.

Here is how each team gets into the play-in series:


Portland Trail Blazers: 

Win vs. Brooklyn or loss from two other teams .


Memphis Grizzlies: 

Win or Spurs and Suns loss.


Phoenix Suns: 

Win and loss from Memphis or Portland.


San Antonio Spurs: 

Win and loss from two other teams.


The remainder of the regular season matchups tip-off at 12 p.m. on Thursday, with everything wrapping up Saturday night. 


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