The final day of the season provided clarity to the East playoff picture, but we're not out of the woods yet. The Pacers must win to clinch the No. 8 seed.
Last updated: Includes results from early games played on 4/15/15. Brooklyn won to keep its hopes for the No. 8 seed alive, so the Pacers must beat Memphis to snatch it back. The Bulls and Raptors both won, so Chicago takes the No. 3 seed.
Current playoff picture
This is the Too Long; Didn't Read version. If the season ended today, here are your first-round matchups. The seeds that are locked in are in ALL CAPS.
HAWKS (1) vs. Pacers/Nets (8)
RAPTORS (4) vs. WIZARDS (5)
(2) vs. CELTICS (7)
(3) vs. BUCKS (6)
Obviously, tiebreakers only matter if the teams are tied. There is one oddity here: division winners cannot be seeded below No. 4. But division winners don't get home-court advantage against teams higher than them in the standings anyway.
Here's the final race for the No. 3 and 4 spots.
3. Bulls 50-32 -- 4. Raptors 49-33 1
And here's the race for the last spot.
8. Nets 38-44 -- 9. Pacers 38-43 0.5
If teams finish the season tied in the standings, these tiebreakers will decide berths and seeds.
BROOKLYN over Indiana (H2H)
This is the head-to-head data used in the above tiebreaker breakdown.
The following table shows each playoff contender's record against other playoff contenders. BOLD indicates one of the teams has clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker for the season. ITALICS indicates a season series tie. An asterisk indicates the teams will play only three times this season. Otherwise, the teams play each other four times.
|ATL||--||ATL 3-1||TOR 3-1||ATL 2-0*||ATL 3-1||ATL 3-1||ATL 3-0*||2-2||ATL 4-0||ATL 2-1*||ATL 4-0|
|CLE||ATL 3-1||--||CLE 3-1||CLE 3-1||CLE 2-1||CLE 3-1||2-2||CLE 3-0*||2-2||2-2||CLE 3-1|
|TOR||TOR 3-1||CLE 3-1||--||CHI 4-0||TOR 3-0*||TOR 2-1*||TOR 3-0*||2-2||TOR 2-1*||2-2||2-2|
|CHI||ATL 2-0*||CLE 3-1||CHI 4-0||--||2-2||CHI 4-0||2-2||2-2||CHI 2-1*||CHI 3-1||CHI 3-1|
|WAS||ATL 3-1||CLE 3-1||TOR 3-0*||2-2||--||WAS 2-1*||2-2||2-2||WAS 3-1||WAS 2-1*||2-2|
|MIL||ATL 3-1||CLE 3-1||TOR 2-1*||CHI 4-0||WAS 2-1*||--||2-2||CHA 2-1*||MIL 4-0||MIL 2-1*||MIL 3-1|
|IND||ATL 3-0*||2-2||TOR 3-0*||2-2||2-2||2-2||--||IND 3-1||IND 3-1||BOS 3-1||BKN 2-1*|
|CHA||2-2||CLE 3-0*||2-2||2-2||2-2||CHA 2-1*||IND 3-1||--||2-2||2-2||BKN 2-1*|
|MIA||ATL 4-0||2-2||TOR 2-1*||CHI 2-1*||WAS 3-1||MIL 4-0||IND 3-1||2-2||--||MIA 3-1||MIA 4-0|
|BOS||ATL 2-1*||2-2||2-2||CHI 3-1||WAS 2-1*||MIL 2-1*||BOS 3-1||2-2||MIA 3-1||--||BOS 3-1|
|BKN||ATL 4-0||CLE 3-1||2-2||CHI 3-1||2-2||MIL 3-1||BKN 2-1*||BKN 2-1*||MIA 4-0||BOS 3-1||--|
Be sure to also see our Guide to the West Tiebreakers.