NBA Playoffs: All 10 Eastern Conference Seeds Set Before Play-In Tournament

Feb 24, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3).
Feb 24, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3). / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NBA playoffs are just on the horizon with the play-in tournament beginning on Tuesday.

The 2023–24 regular season wraps up Sunday, meaning the top 10 seeds from the Eastern and Western Conferences will be determined by the end of the day. Midway through Sunday afternoon, the Eastern Conference playoff seeds were finalized after the New York Knicks came back to beat the Chicago Bulls.

The Nos. 7 through 10 seeds in both conferences will compete in the play-in tournament to earn the official seventh and eighth seeds in the playoffs. The play-in tournament ends on April 19 with the first round of the postseason quickly beginning on Saturday, April 20.

The No. 7 Philadelphia 76ers will host the No. 8 Miami Heat, with the winner clinching the No. 7 seed. The loser will face the winner of the matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks to determine the No. 8 seed of the playoffs.

Take a look at the Eastern Conference seeds.

No. 1 Seed: Boston Celtics
No. 2 Seed: New York Knicks
No. 3 Seed: Milwaukee Bucks
No. 4 Seed: Cleveland Cavaliers
No. 5 Seed: Orlando Magic
No. 6 Seed: Indiana Pacers
No. 7 Seed: Philadelphia 76ers
No. 8 Seed: Miami Heat
No. 9 Seed: Chicago Bulls
No. 10 Seed: Atlanta Hawks

Here are the first-round matchups so far.

First Round

No. 1 Celtics vs. No. 8 Seed
No. 2 Knicks vs. No. 7 Seed
No. 3 Bucks vs. No. 6 Pacers
No. 4 Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Magic


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