We are down to the final night of the season and there is still some drama left. Will the Celtics face Chicago or will they face the Sixers in the opening round?
Here are the standings as of today: Seed Team GB 1. Cleveland 0 2. Boston 5.0 3. Orlando 8 4. Atlanta 19 5. Miami 24 6. Chicago 25 7. Philadelphia 26 8. Detroit 27
Detroit is locked into 8th and even if they tie with Philly they can't move up because Philly owns the tie breaker. Chicago can't move up to 5th even if they tie with Miami because Miami owns the tie breaker (Miami won the series 2-1). Chicago and Philly tied their season series 2-2 and so they have to go to the next tie breaker to see who would win should they finish the night tied record wise.
The Tie Breakers TWO-WAY TIES
1. Results of games against each other.
2. Better winning percentage within own division (only if tied teams are in same division).
3. Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.
4. Better winning percentage against playoff opponents in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).
5. Better winning percentage against playoff opponents in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).
6. Better point differential between offense and defense.
Since Philly and Chicago aren't in the same division, they have to go to #3 which is record in the coference. Right now, the two teams have identical conference records at 24-27. Both are playing within the conference tonight and if they both win, then Chicago is already 1 game ahead of Philly so Chicago would remain 6th and Philly would be 7th. Now, if Chicago loses at home vs Toronto and the improbable happens and Philly wins in Cleveland, they will have identical records but since both are conference games, Philly would win the tie breaker by having one more conference win than the Bulls. So, the only scenario that would change the standings would be a Chicago loss and a Philly win.
Games to watch tonight: Toronto at Chicago Philly at Cleveland
it appears that the 7th seed would end up being Philadelphia since the Bulls are at home and the Sixers are on the road. Toronto really has nothing to play for other than lottery position. Cleveland should be resting their starters, but they are also playing for their share of that home record and so if the game is in doubt, I would expect to see LeBron come in to pull off the win. But to quote Kevin Garnett, anything is possible. The Sixers may come through with a win and keep Cleveland out of the record books, but I seriously doubt it after the Celtics beat them in Philly with 2 hands tied behind their backs.