NBA standings: 2017 NBA playoff schedule, bracket set for postseason

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The fight for the NBA playoffs lasteduntil the final day of the regular season, but the2017 postseason fieldis nowset.

While the West was set (apart from seeding in theClippers-Jazz series), the East playoff picturebecame clear once the Pacers and Bulls won Wednesday, eliminating the Heat after a valiant effort down the stretch. At the top of the East, the Celtics captured the No. 1 seed with a win over the Bucks as the Cavspunted on trying to take the conference crown.

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Since the regular season has come to a close, let's take a look at the final NBA standings and first-round matchups in the NBA playoff bracket.

NBA standings:Eastern Conference

1. Celtics (53-29)— clinched playoff berth andhome-court advantage throughout East bracket
2. Cavaliers(51-31)— clinched playoff berth and home-court advantage in first round
3. Raptors (51-31)— clinched playoff berth andhome-court advantage in first round
4. Wizards (49-33)— clinched playoff berth andhome-court advantage in first round
5. Hawks (43-39)— clinched playoff berth
6.Bucks (42-40)— clinched playoff berth
7.Pacers (42-40)— clinched playoff berth
8.Bulls (41-41)— clinched playoff berth

9.Heat (41-41)

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NBA standings:Western Conference

1. Warriors (67-15)— clinched playoff berth and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs
2. Spurs (61-21)— clinched playoff berth andhome-court advantage in first round
3. Rockets (55-27)— clinched playoff berth andhome-court advantage in first round
4. Clippers (51-31)— clinched playoff berth
5.Jazz (51-31)— clinched playoff berth
6. Thunder (47-35)— clinched playoff berth
7. Grizzlies (43-39)— clinched playoff berth
8. Trail Blazers (41-41)— clinched playoff berth

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2017 NBA playoffs final matchups


(1) Celtics vs. (8) Bulls

The Celtics took care of business against the Bucks to ensure the top spot, and that's important for a team that went 30-11 at home in the regular season. The Bulls easily defeated the Nets after Brooklyn decided to rest several players in the regular-season finale.

(2) Cavaliers vs. (7) Pacers

The Cavs prioritized health over seed, choosing to sit their stars for key games in the final week of the regular season. They will see a Pacers team coming off a five-game winning streak to end the year. Something to note: LeBron James has made the NBA Finals all five times he has been a two seed.

(3) Raptors vs. (6) Bucks

Toronto locked up the No. 3 seed in the East early, so DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibakadidn't play Wednesday night. Milwaukee wanted to have its squad at full strength as well, socoach Jason Kiddsat GiannisAntetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell in a loss to the Celtics.

(4) Wizards vs. (5) Hawks

Much like the teams above, Washington and Atlanta were already comfortable in their spots before Wednesday, so the Wizards benched John Wall and Markieff Morris while the Hawks sat Dwight Howard, Dennis Schroderand Tim Hardaway Jr.


(1) Warriors vs. (8) Trail Blazers

Portland fought hard to beat the Nuggets for the final playoff berth, but yeah, this series might not last long.

(2) Spurs vs. (7) Grizzlies

The Spurs and Grizz split the season series2-2, though Kawhi Leonard was out with a quad injury for one of those losses. It would be a shock to see Memphis pull off the upset.

(3) Rockets vs. (6) Thunder

Wait, we get James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook already? Sign us up.

(4) Clippers vs. (5) Jazz

With a win against the Kings on Wednesday night, the Clippers stayed atfour ahead of the Jazz as a result of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

If you don't think home-court advantage willbe a huge deal in theClippers-Jazz series, consider this: Both teams have identicalrecords at home (29-12) andon the road (22-19). Can't get much closer than that.

NBA playoff bracket


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