Eastern Conference Playoff Seeding: What Do Bucks, Celtics, Sixers Have at Stake?

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. / Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The final day of the NBA regular season is here and playoff positioning is coming to a close.

The Eastern Conference No. 2 through No. 4 seeds have a ton of scenarios that needs to be sifted through heading into the final day, but the betting lines may be telling us where team's motivations lie.

Before we get to the likely outcome, here are the updated scenarios for each Eastern Conference playoff team heading into Sunday's final slate of games.

Eastern Conference Standings No. 2 Seed Through No. 4 Seed

  • Milwaukee Bucks: 51-30, -- GB
  • Boston Celtics: 50-31, 1 GB
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 50-31, 1 GB

Boston Celtics Set for No. 2 Seed?

Based on how Sunday's lines are set, the Celtics are the most likely team to be the No. 2 seed and face the winner of the first play-in game.

The Bucks are resting several key contributors, including MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo against the Cleveland Cavaliers, paving the way for the Cavs to secure the No. 8 seed and the Bucks to fall to the No. 3 seed. In the case that the Celtics win and the Bucks lose, the Celtics own the tiebreaker to become the No. 2 seed.

Would Boston want the 2? Well, the betting lines are indicating it would. Boston is set to play its full rotation on Sunday with the opportunity to move up in the standings.

Boston is a 5.5-point road favorite against the Memphis Grizzlies at WynnBET Sportsbook while the Bucks are eight-point underdogs to the Cavs (who clinch a top eight seed with a win). Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers can keep their chances of the three seed alive with a win and a Celtics loss. They are 12.5-point favorites against the Detroit Pistons.

Stay tuned for late Sunday night for the full Eastern Conference playoff picture.