Thursday, May 26, 2022

2022 NBA playoffs: Warriors-Nuggets, 76ers-Raptors among first-round matchups on tap; Celtics draw Nets

Getty Images

The 2021-22 NBA regular season has come to a close, and only one team moved up in the standings from where it started the day: the Boston Celtics, who jumped to No. 2 in the East by way of their victory over the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks’ loss to the Cavaliers. 

The play-in tournament begins on Tuesday. First-round games start on Saturday. 

Reminder on how the play-in tournament works: No. 7 plays No. 8 and No. 9 plays No. 10. The winner of the 7-8 game gets the No. 7 seed, while the loser plays the winner of the 9-10 game for the  No. 8 seed. 

Below are the final seeds and the corresponding first round and play-in matchups. 

Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe.

Thanks for signing up!

Keep an eye on your inbox.


There was an error processing your subscription.

Eastern Conference

1. Miami Heat

  • First-round opponent: No. 8 seed (play-in results)

2. Boston Celtics 

  • First-round opponent: vs. Nets

3. Milwaukee Bucks

  • First-round opponent: vs. Bulls

4. Philadelphia 76ers

  • First-round opponent: vs. Raptors

5. Toronto Raptors  

  • First-round opponent: at 76ers

6. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are locked into the No. 6 seed. 

  • First-round opponent: at Bucks

7. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are locked into the No. 7 seed

  • First-round opponent: at Celtics

East play-in matchups

  • April 12: Brooklyn Nets 115, Cleveland Cavaliers 108

  • April 13: No. 10 Charlotte Hornets at No. 9 Atlanta Hawks

  • April 15: Winner of Charlotte/Atlanta vs. Loser of Cleveland/Brooklyn

Western Conference

1. Phoenix Suns

  • First-round opponent: No. 8 seed (play-in results)  

2. Memphis Grizzlies 

  • First-round opponent: vs. Timberwolves

3. Golden State Warriors

  • First-round opponent: vs. Nuggets

4. Dallas Mavericks 

  • First-round opponent: vs. Jazz

5. Utah Jazz 

  • First-round opponent: at Mavericks

6. Denver Nuggets 

  • First-round opponent: at Warriors

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

  • First-round opponent: at Grizzlies

West play-in matchups

  • April 12: Minnesota Timberwolves 109, Los Angeles Clippers 104

  • April 13: No. 10 San Antonio Spurs at No. 9 New Orleans Pelicans

  • April 15: Loser of Clippers/Minnesota vs. Winner of San Antonio/New Orleans

Related articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share article

Latest articles


Subscribe to stay updated.