NBA releases playoff scenarios

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Two playoff series are set, both in the Eastern Conference.

  • 1-8: Cavaliers-Pistons
  • 2-7: Raptors-Pacers

The West’s top four seeds are set:

1. Warriors

2. Spurs

3. Thunder

4. Clippers

Otherwise? Chaos.

Thankfully, the NBA released a handy guide:

EASTERN

Miami will be seeded:

  • #3 if Heat win OR if Hawks lose
  • #5 if Hawks win and Heat and Hornets lose
  • #6 if Hawks and Hornets win and Heat loses

Atlanta will be seeded:

  • #3 if Hawks win and Heat lose
  • #4 if Heat win OR if Hawks lose

Boston will be seeded:

  • #4 if Celtics and Hawks win
  • #5 if Celtics and Hornets lose OR if Celtics win and Hawks lose
  • #6 if Hornets win and Celtics lose

Charlotte will be seeded:

  • #5 if Heat and Hornets win OR if Hornets, Celtics and Hawks win
  • #6 if Hornets lose OR if Hornets and Celtics win and Hawks lose

WESTERN

Portland will be seeded:

  • #5 if Blazers win OR Grizzlies lose one game and Mavericks lose
  • #6 if Blazers lose, Mavericks win and Grizzlies do not win both games OR Blazers lose, Grizzlies win both games and Mavericks lose
  • #7 if Blazers lose, Mavericks win and Grizzlies win both games

Memphis will be seeded:

  • #5 if Grizzlies win both and Blazers lose
  • #6 if Blazers win and Grizzlies win both OR if Grizzlies split two games and Mavericks lose
  • #7 if Grizzlies lose both games OR Grizzlies split two games and Mavericks win

Dallas will be seeded:

  • #5 if Mavericks win, Blazers lose and Grizzlies lose at least one game.
  • #6 if Blazers win, Mavericks win and Grizzlies lose at least one game OR Mavericks win, Blazers lose and Grizzlies win both OR if Mavericks lose and Grizzlies lose both games
  • #7 if Blazers win and Grizzlies win both OR if Mavericks lose and Grizzlies win at least once

Houston will be seeded:

  • #8 if Rockets win OR Jazz lose

Utah will be seeded:

  • #8 if Jazz win and Rockets lose