Playoff seeding? Here's every scenario

Hard to imagine a final day of the NBA regular season that could be more meaningful than Wednesday's.

Only one of eight first-round matchups is set heading into the 170th and final evening of the 82-game schedule, with six of the 14 teams that have already clinched playoff spots still waiting to learn where they'll be seeded ... and two teams in each conference still alive for the No. 8 spots.


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The good news: With an assist from ESPN Stats & Info, we can share every seeding scenario imaginable heading into the season's final day:

In the East

No. 3 and No. 4 seeds

  • Chicago will be seeded No. 3 and Toronto will be No. 4 if the Bulls beat Atlanta at home OR the Raptors lose at home to Charlotte.

  • The Bulls will be seeded No. 4 and Toronto No. 3 if the Raptors win AND the Bulls lose.

No. 8 seed:

  • Indiana clinches a playoff spot with a road win over the Grizzlies OR a Nets home loss to the Magic.

  • Brooklyn clinches a playoff spot with a home win over the Magic AND a Pacers loss in Memphis.

In the West

San Antonio will be seeded:

  • No. 2 if the Spurs win in New Orleans

  • No. 3 if the Spurs lose and the Rockets lose at home to Utah

  • No. 5 if the Spurs lose, the Rockets win and the Grizzlies lose at home to Indiana

  • No. 6 if the Spurs lose and the Rockets and Grizzlies win

The Los Angeles Clippers will be seeded:

  • No. 2 if the Spurs and Rockets both lose

  • No. 3 if the Spurs OR Rockets win

Houston will be seeded:

  • No. 2 if the Rockets beat Utah and the Spurs lose

  • No. 5 if the Rockets and Spurs win OR the Rockets and Grizzlies both lose

  • No. 6 if the Rockets lose and Grizzlies win

Memphis will be seeded:

  • No. 5 if the Grizzlies win and the Spurs or Rockets lose

  • No. 6 if the Grizzlies lose OR the Spurs and Rockets both win

No. 8 seed

  • New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with a win over the Spurs OR a Thunder loss in Minnesota.

  • Oklahoma City clinches a playoff berth with a win in Minnesota AND a Pelicans loss to the Spurs.

P.S.: If the Pelicans prevail, it would mark just the third time in the last 30 seasons in which one division sent all of its teams to the playoffs, with the 2014-15 Southwest Division joining the 1985-86 Midwest and the 2005-06 Central. The Southwest’s composite .635 win percentage in that scenario, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, would be the highest of any division under the current format implemented in 2004-05.