76ers to open NBA Playoffs against Miami Heat Saturday night

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The NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule, and the reigning NBA champs will host the postseason opener.

In the Eastern Conference, it isn't as insane as scenarios, but there is still a lot to be figured out on the last day of the regular season.

Toronto and Boston are the top seeds in the Eastern Conference, while in awaits an opponent as the No. 5 seed.

The first and most important thing to understand is that only two games matter for the Thunder, their own game against the Grizzlies and the game featuring the Jazz and the Blazers.

The final day of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association regular season is officially here and there are still plenty of teams in both the Western and Eastern Conferences who have plenty to play for.

The Bucks will either play the Raptors, Celtics, 76ers or Cavaliers in the first round.

With the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards in the midst of a heated race for the six seed and below in the East, the C's and others remain waiting in the wings to find out who their first round opponents will be.

Start with the East pairings: Lowry and the top-seeded Raptors play No. 8 Washington, No. 2 Boston faces No. 7 Milwaukee, No. 3 Philadelphia gets No. 6 Miami and No. 4 Cleveland - with LeBron James bidding for an eighth consecutive appearance in The Finals - opening against No. 5 in, a surprise team at the start of the season and one that isn't a surprise anymore. The playoffs are when you can finally tell what teams are real and what teams are fake.

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Wizards: Currently eighth. The Wizards can only move up with a win and a losses by either the Bucks or Heat.

The 76ers are riding a 16-game win streak into the playoffs despite missing Joel Embiid for nine of those games. If they lose and the Cavs win, Philly will be fourth. If that happens, they will end up seeded somewhere between sixth and eighth in the Western Conference.

Every game on the slate for Wednesday night begins at 8:00 p.m. or later, with all the "must watch" games for C's fans tipping off at 8:00 p.m. Golden State went 7-10 in its final 17 games, and clearly sputtered across the finish line.

However, the loser of the clash at Moda Center is not guaranteed the fourth seed if results elsewhere fall a certain way.

Other games that will help determine seeds and first-round matchups for the playoffs are NY at Cleveland, Washington at Orlando, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, San Antonio at New Orleans, Toronto at Miami and Memphis at Oklahoma City. The good news would always be the thought that they have three stars who are capable of winning games.

For the New Orleans Pelicans, they could finish as high as the fifth spot with a win and some help. If the Portland Trail Blazers win against the Utah Jazz they will finish with the 3rd seed, but if they lose they will finish in the 4th spot. The Heat will take No. 8 seed with a loss and a Wizards win.

But, if both the Timberwolves and Thunder get the job done, then it's either a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs or Timberwolves in round one for the Warriors.

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