Celtics Playoff Scenarios: How Remaining NBA Seeding Games Impact Boston


August 12, 2020

The Boston Celtics are locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

So, their final “seeding” game Thursday against the Washington Wizards, for all intents and purposes, is meaningless.

However, Boston’s first-round playoff opponent is yet to be determined.

The Celtics are positioned to play the No. 6 seed, which will belong to either the Philadelphia 76ers or Indiana Pacers, depending on what happens over the next few days.

The Sixers (42-29) and Pacers (43-28) each have two games remaining. If the Pacers lose both of their games and the Sixers win both of their games, then Indiana will drop to the No. 6 seed and face Boston. Any other combination of wins and loses will result in Philadelphia landing the No. 6 seed and a first-round date with the C’s.

Here are the remaining schedules for the 76ers and Pacers:

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. ET vs. Toronto Raptors
Friday, 9 p.m. ET vs. Houston Rockets

Wednesday, 4 p.m. ET vs. Houston Rockets
Friday, 4 p.m. ET vs. Miami Heat


The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors own the Eastern Conference’s top two seeds. They’ll face the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic and seventh-seeded Brooklyn Nets, respectively, in the first round.

Whichever team — Sixers or Pacers — winds up with the No. 5 seed will face the No. 4 seed Miami Heat.

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