With only eight games left in the regular season, the race for the #1 seed in the eastern conference is tight. The top 4 seeds are separated by only half a game.
Standings as of March 27th:
- #1 Seed: Philadelphia 76ers: 46-27 (0 games back)
- #2 Seed: Miami Heat: 47-28 (0 games back)
- #3 Seed: Boston Celtics: 46-28 (0.5 games back)
- #4 Seed: Milwaukee Bucks: 46-28 (0.5 games back)
Current playoff match-ups if the season ended today:
Game 1: No. 8 Brooklyn Nets (39-35) at No. 7 Cleveland Cavaliers (41-33)
Game 2: No. 10 Atlanta Hawks (37-37) at No. 9 Charlotte Hornets (38-36)
Game 3: Winner of Game 2 at Loser of Game 1
Winner of Play-In Tournament Game 3 at No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers (46-27)
Winner of Play-In Tournament Game 1 at No. 2 Miami Heat (47-28)
No. 6 Toronto Raptors (42-32) at No. 3 Boston Celtics (46-28)
No. 5 Chicago Bulls (43-31) at No. 4 Milwaukee Bucks (46-28)
Per ESPN Stats and Info this is just the 2nd day since 1970-71 that the top 4 teams in a conference are separated by half a game through games on March 26 or later. Milwaukee will face playoff teams in 6 of their remaining 8 games of the season. They will be battle tested going into the post-season, but will also make it extremely tough to secure that #1 seed. The end of the regular season will be wild, and it is just the start.