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Celtics’ playoff scenarios: Who is most likely first-round opponent?

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The Eastern Conference playoff picture remains a relative mess with just five days remaining in the regular season. Trying to figure out all the different scenarios and tiebreakers can be a challenging endeavor so I’ll be committed to updating you with everything you need to know during each day remaining of the regular season here at BostonSportsJournal.com to help sort out what matchups remains in play for the Celtics.

Here are the notable developments from Friday night:

1. A Raptors’ win over the Pacers clinched the No. 1 seed for them: This was a formality after the Celtics’ lost on Wednesday night in Toronto, but the Celtics are officially locked into the No. 2 seed. Who they will play in the first round still remains anyone’s guess.

2. The Wizards and Heat both lost to bad teams (Hawks, Knicks), opening up the race for the No. 6-8 seeds even more.

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

Head-to-head tiebreakers

  • Heat over Bucks (3-0)
  • Wizards over Bucks (2-2 head-to-head, but Wizards win via conference record)
  • Heat over Wizards (2-2 head-to-head, but Heat win divisional record, which would be eventual tiebreaker)  

Three way-tiebreaker

  • 1. Heat, 2. Wizards, 3. Bucks (Based on head-to-head matchups)

Remaining schedules

Wizards: vs. BOS, @ ORL
Heat:  vs. OKC, @ TOR
Bucks: @ NYK, vs. ORL, @ PHI

Analysis/Scenarios