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2024 NBA playoffs bracket: Postseason matchups as 76ers advance to face Knicks, Bulls eliminate Hawks

The 2024 NBA postseason kicked off this week, and two teams have already been eliminated from the bracket. The Warriors and Hawks have seen their seasons come to a close in the Play-In Tournament, while the Lakers and 76ers have advanced to the playoffs as the No. 7 seeds in their respective conferences. The Bulls were the most recent postseason victor, ousting the Hawks on Wednesday night to advance to face the Heat for the East’s No. 8 seed on Friday. Coby White, the potential Most Improved Player, scored a game-high 42 points to end the Hawks’ season.

The Kings — who knocked out the Warriors — will face the Zion Williamson-less Pelicans on Friday in the final Play-In game with the West’s No. 1 seed up for grabs. A notable injury hangs over the Heat-Bulls game on Friday as well, as Miami star Jimmy Butler is dealing with a knee issue.

With the Lakers and 76ers advancing, six of the eight first-round playoff matchups are set. It will be Knicks-76ers, Bucks-Pacers and Cavaliers-Magic in the East, and Nuggets-Lakers, Timberwolves-Suns and Clippers-Mavericks in the West.

Here’s a look at the complete playoff bracket with all the seeds set. You can see the full playoff schedule here.

2024 NBA playoff bracket

West
(1) Thunder vs. (8) Pelicans/Kings
(2) Nuggets vs. (7) Lakers
(3) Timberwolves vs. (6) Suns
(4) Clippers vs. (5) Mavericks

East
(1) Celtics vs. (8) Heat/Bulls
(2) Knicks vs. (7) 76ers
(3) Bucks vs. (6) Pacers
(4) Cavaliers vs. (5) Magic

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Kim O’Reilly, CBS Sports

Final Eastern Conference standings

  1. Boston Celtics – 64-18
  2. New York Knicks – 50-32
  3. Milwaukee Bucks – 49-33
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers – 48-34
  5. Orlando Magic – 47-35
  6. Indiana Pacers – 47-35
  7. Philadelphia 76ers – 47-35
  8. Miami Heat – 46-36
  9. Chicago Bulls – 39-43
  10. Atlanta Hawks – 36-46

Final Western Conference standings

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder – 57-25
  2. Denver Nuggets – 57-25
  3. Minnesota Timberwolves – 56-26
  4. Los Angeles Clippers – 51-31
  5. Dallas Mavericks – 50-32
  6. Phoenix Suns – 49-33
  7. New Orleans Pelicans – 49-33
  8. Los Angeles Lakers – 47-35
  9. Sacramento Kings – 46-36
  10. Golden State Warriors – 46-36

Play-In Tournament schedule, scores

(All times Eastern)

Tuesday, April 16
No. 8 Lakers 110, No. 7 Pelicans 106
No. 9 Kings 118, No. 10 Warriors 94

Wednesday, April 17
No. 7 76ers 105, No. 8 Heat 104
No. 9 Bulls 131, No. 10 Hawks 116

Friday, April 19
Heat vs. Bulls, 7 p.m. ESPN/fubo
Pelicans vs. Kings, 9:30 p.m., TNT

2024 NBA playoffs schedule: First weekend

Saturday, April 20
Game 1: Cavaliers vs. Magic, 1 p.m., ESPN/fubo
Game 1: Timberwolves vs. Suns, 3:30, ESPN/fubo
Game 1: Knicks vs. 76ers, 6 p.m., ESPN/fubo
Game 1: Nuggets vs. Lakers, 8:30 p.m., ABC/fubo

Sunday, April 21
Game 1: Celtics vs. East No. 8, 1 p.m., ABC/fubo
Game 1: Clippers vs. Mavericks, 3:30 p.m., ABC/fubo
Game 1: Bucks vs. Pacers, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 1: Thunder vs. West No. 8, 9:30 p.m., TNT

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