2022 NBA Playoff Image: Mavericks Clinch Top-4 Seed; Box for Celtic vs.

The Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks on Wednesday and are set to take control of their own fortunes for Seed 7. The Nets have beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers, the current No. 7 seed, in a game and will play each other on Friday. If Brooklyn wins, the tiebreaker will also be protected.

Also earlier, the 2-seeded Boston Celtics reached the 50-win mark and survived in the rate column with No. 3 Milwaukee and No. 4 Philadelphia. The Celtics will play a box game on Thursday that will go a long way in overcoming this three-team logjam.

The rest of the way we will keep a close eye on the playoff race with daily updates. Below are the issues to enter the game on Thursday 7 April.

Note: Our sportsline model, created by predictive data engineer Stephen Oh, replicated 10,000 times throughout the season and is constantly being updated to reflect changing conditions to create the most unbiased and accurate estimates imaginable.

Western Conference

Phoenix ranks No. 1 overall.

  • Current first round matchup: TBD (play-in results)

Grizzlies won the No. 2 seed.

The Warriors have one game left and three to play in the 4th Dallas rate column. Golden State has received top-four seeds.

  • Projected seeds: 3
  • Current first round matchup: Nuggets
  • Tiebreaker vs. Mavericks 4: Dallas won 3-1 with a head-to-head advantage

4. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks got the top-four seed with a win against Detroit on Wednesday. Los Columns is a game back to Dallas No. 3 Golden State where two must play and Dallas has a tiebreaker.

  • Projected seeds: 4
  • Current first round matchup: Jazz
  • Tiebreaker vs. Warriors 3: Dallas won 3-1 with a head-to-head advantage

5. Utah Jazz

The Jazz picked up the top-six with a win against Memphis on Tuesday. They will play a game up to Denver No. 6 and play three in the rate column.

  • Projected seeds: 6
  • Current first round matchup: Mavericks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: The Jazz won 4-0 with a head-to-head advantage

6. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets fell to the Spurs on Tuesday and now have to play two in a game back loss column in the 5th Jazz and the Jazz have a tiebreaker. The Nuggets could fall into the play-offs if they lose their last two games and Minnesota win their last two because the Wolves are in a tiebreaker.

  • Projected seeds: 5
  • Current play-in matchup: Warriors
  • Tiebreaker vs. Jazz 5: Utah won 4-0 with a head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Timberwolves: The Timberwolves clinched through a 3-1 head-to-head advantage

Current play-in team

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

Timberwolves still have a glimmer of hope for a top-six seed. Minnesota has outscored the Nuggets in two games and has to play two, and the Wolves have controlled the tiebreaker. They need to finish 2-0 and the Nuggets need to finish 0-2.

  • Projected seeds: 7
  • Current play-in matchup: Clipper
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: The Timberwolves clinched 2-1 with a head-to-head advantage

8. Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers are stuck in seed no

  • Projected seeds: 8
  • Current play-in matchup: Wooden wolf
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelican: New Orleans won 3-0 with a head-to-head advantage

9. New Orleans Pelican

In just one game in the New Orleans loss column, the No. 10 Spurs have taken the lead and need to play three, and the Spurs have a tiebreaker. New Orleans can finish no more than No. 9 seed.

  • Projected seeds: 9
  • Current play-in matchup: Spurs
  • Tiebreaker vs. Spurs No. 10: San Antonio won 3-1 through a head-to-head advantage

10. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs earned a play-in berth with their win over the Nuggets and Lakers Phoenix on Tuesday. San Antonio can still catch the No. 9 Pelicans, who are left behind in a game in the rate column with three left and a tiebreaker in hand. Spurs can’t finish more than seed number 9.

  • Projected seeds: 10
  • Current play-in matchup: Pelican
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelican: San Antonio won 3-1 through a head-to-head advantage

Eastern Conference


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The Hit has a magic number with three games lead against Boston and Milwaukee and three games to play. The No. 6 Sixers can’t pass Miami, which has sealed that tiebreaker with a division winner or a good conference record.

  • Projected seeds: 1
  • Current first round matchup: TBD (play-in results)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston: The Celtics won 2-1 with a head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. Milwaukee 3: Hit currently owns through Conference Records (Season Series 2-2, both teams in the lead division)

The Celtics lost to Chicago on Wednesday for their 50th win of the year. The Celtics have to win their last two games and Miami have to lose their last two games to Boston. The Celtics are in a three-way tie with No. 3 box and No. 4 six in the loss column.

If it ends in a three-way tie, Milwaukee will currently lead with a combined 4-2 record against the Celtics and Sixers. Boston will drop to No. 3 with a 4-3 record against the Box and the Sixers, and the Sixers will finish at No. 4 with a 3-4 record against the Box and the Celtics.

But, Milwaukee and Boston still have one game left on Thursday, so it will definitely affect these records. So stay tuned.

  • Projected seeds: 2
  • Current first round matchup: Cavs vs. Net Play-In Winner
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: The Celtics won by 2-0 head-to-head with one match remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee: With one match left, Celtics are 2-1 up in the season series
  • Tiebreaker v 4 Philadelphia: The Celtics currently hold even better Atlantic Division records (head to head tie 2-2).
  • Tiebreaker vs. Toronto No. 5: Boston currently owns as the leader of the Atlantic Division

With three games, the box is tied with the No. 2 Celtics and No. 4 Sixers in the Loss column; They still have a game vs. Boston game left that could seal the tiebreaker for Boston.

If it ends a three-way tie between the Boxes, the Celtics and the Sixers, Milwaukee will now lead the Celtics and the Sixers with a combined 4-2 record. Boston will drop to No. 3 with a 4-3 record against the Box and the Sixers, and the Sixers will finish at No. 4 with a 3-4 record against the Box and the Celtics. But as mentioned above, Milwaukee and Boston still have one game left on Thursday, so it will definitely affect these records. So stay tuned.

  • Projected seeds: 3
  • Current first round matchup: Bull
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami is currently owned by Conference Records (Season Series 2-2, with both teams leading the division).
  • Tiebreaker vs. Boston No. 3: Box trail season series 2-1 and one game left
  • Tiebreaker v 4 Philadelphia: Box 2-1 has clinched through the head-to-head facility
  • Tiebreaker vs. Toronto No. 5: Raptors have been clinched through 3-0 head-to-head facilities

The sixes are tied to the Celtic No. 2 and Box No. 3 in the loss column. If there is a three-way tie between the Celtics, the Boxes and the Sixers, the Sixers will end up as No. 4 seed no matter which game they win between Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday because they are only 3-4 against them. The two teams, and the three teams involved in Boston and Milwaukee, can’t get below the winning percentage.

If the Sixers and Celtics finish the tie, as they are both tied in the Atlantic Division and Season Series 2-2, the next tiebreaker will be the division record, which Boston won (9-7 vs. 6-9 Philly).

  • Projected seeds: 4
  • Current first round matchup: Raptors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami is currently owned by Conference Records (season series 2-2 tie, with both teams leading the division).
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston: Boston has won through the Atlantic Division record
  • Tiebreaker vs. Milwaukee 3: Box 2-1 has clinched through the head-to-head facility
  • Tiebreaker vs. Toronto No. 5: The Raptors are 2-1 up in the season series with one head-to-head left.

5. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors captured a play-off spot with their win against the Hawks on Tuesday. The Toronto No. 6 Bulls have two games left and three games left (owner of the Chicago tiebreaker).

  • Projected seeds: 5
  • Current play-in matchup: 76ers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston: The Celtics currently own as the leader of the Atlantic division
  • Tiebreaker vs. Milwaukee 3: Raptors have been clinched through 3-0 head-to-head facilities
  • Tiebreaker v 4 Philadelphia: The Raptors are 2-1 up in the season series with one head-to-head left.
  • Tiebreaker vs. 6th Chicago: Chicago won the tiebreaker 3-1 with a head-to-head advantage

6. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls, who lost to Boston on Wednesday, will have to play two games in the losing column from No. 5 Toronto. The Bulls have won a play-off spot and cannot rise above seed number 5.

  • Projected seeds: 6
  • Current first round Matchup: Box
  • Tiebreaker vs. Toronto No. 5: Chicago won the tiebreaker 3-1 with a head-to-head advantage

Current play-in team

The Cavaliers lost to Orlando on Tuesday and have two games left in No. 8 Brooklyn and No. 9 Atlanta. One of those games is against the Nets on Friday, who will pass Cleveland with a head-to-head win that will also seal the tiebreaker for Brooklyn. Atlanta also owns the tiebreaker against Cleveland. Cavra cannot rise to the top six.

  • Projected seeds: 8
  • Current first round matchup: Fake
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Brooklyn: With one match left, the net season series is 2-1 ahead
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta: The Hawks clinched through a 3-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte: Cleveland is currently owned by Conference Records (season series 2-2 tie).

8. Brooklyn Net

The Nets rallied to beat the Knicks on Wednesday to stay in the No. 8 spot. Hook No. 9 has a net tie but has a seal on the tiebreaker. Each team has two matches left. Brooklyn is a No. 7 back to Cleveland, which will play on Friday, if they win that game, they will seal the tiebreaker on Cleveland, meaning the net for Seed No. 7 will control their own fate.

  • Projected seeds: 7
  • Current play-in matchup: Hornets
  • Tiebreaker vs. Cleveland No. 6: With one match left, the net season series is 2-1 ahead
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta: The net has clinched through a 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte: Hornet clinched through the 2-1 head-to-head advantage

The Hawks defeated the Wizards on Wednesday and tied the No. 8 net (owner of the Brooklyn tiebreaker). Each team has two matches left. The Hawks lead the Hornets to No. 10 in a game and currently own the tiebreaker with a percentage of conference wins, but this is far from a decision (each team has lost 25 conferences at the moment; Charlotte has three Eastern Conference games left and the Hawks have one).

  • Projected seeds: 9
  • Current play-in matchup: Cavs
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Brooklyn: The net has clinched through a 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte: Atlanta currently owns through the conference win percentage

The Hornet is a back of the No. 9 Hawk and No. 8 mesh. Charlotte won the tiebreaker over Brooklyn and can still win the tiebreaker over Atlanta through the conference record (each team has lost 25 conferences at the moment; Charlotte has three Eastern Conference games left and the Hawks have two).

  • Projected seeds: 10
  • Current play-in matchup: Fake
  • Tiebreaker vs. Cleveland No. 6: Cavs currently owns the conference record (season series 2-2 tie)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Hornet clinched through the 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta: Hornet is currently owned by Conference Records (Season Series tied 2-2)

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