This NBA regular season has been a wild ride, but now it’s time for the games to really matter. The NBA Playoffs are upon us, and the matchups are finally set after some craziness on the final day of the regular season.
The game with the biggest impact on the night involved the New Orleans Pelicans stunning the San Antonio Spurs. Not only did the Pelicans win earn them the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but it also helped shake up other seeds.
With the Spurs losing and the Houston Rockets thumping the Utah Jazz, the Rockets locked up the No. 2 seed. San Antonio subsequently fell all the way from No. 2 to No. 6 thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies beating the Indiana Pacers. The Grizzlies moved into the fifth seed but will still have home-court advantage over the fourth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers by virtue of having a better record.
Out in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers’ loss coupled with the Brooklyn Nets’ victory over the Orlando Magic knocked Indiana out and put Brooklyn into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed. On the top half of the East playoff picture, the Chicago Bulls secured the third seed by erasing an 18-point deficit and beating the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks, although the Hawks rested starters down the stretch.
Here are all the first-round matchups.
No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans
No. 2 Houston Rockets vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks
No. 3 Los Angeles Clipperes vs. No. 6 San Antonio Spurs
No. 4 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies
No. 1 Atlanta Hawks vs. No. 8 Brooklyn Nets
No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Boston Celtics
No. 3 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks
No. 4 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 5 Washington Wizards