Heat to face Bucks in first round of the playoffs

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Even with only two or three games left in the regular season, most first round playoff matchups remain unconfirmed, and are likely to be in flux until the final standings have been cemented.

Thanks to a combination of events on Saturday, we know of at least one playoff series that is officially set: The Miami Heat will open their quest to win a second straight title with a first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Celtics clinched the seventh seed with a win in Orlando on Saturday, and that, coupled with a Milwaukee loss to the Bobcats, locked in the Bucks’ first round date against the Heat.

Milwaukee has actually beaten Miami once this season, and pushed the Heat to overtime in Miami back in November. But the teams have been trending in very different directions as of late, with the Heat going a ridiculous 34-2 since Feb. 3, while the Bucks have won just three of their last 14 games.