What will it take for Cavs to land the third seed?

A look at the NBA playoff picture heading into Tuesday night

Daryl Ruiter
April 10, 2018 - 1:08 pm
Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with guard Jose Calderon (81), guard Rodney Hood (1) and center Kevin Love (0) in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Typically for the Cleveland Cavaliers regular season finales don’t mean much when LeBron James is on the roster.

It’s usually a day of rest for James and the starters, but they’re going to be needed Wednesday night if the Cavs want the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs because if the playoffs were to start Tuesday afternoon, Cleveland would be the No. 4 seed and square off with No. 5 Indiana in the quarterfinals.

Philadelphia, currently the third seed by a half game, needs to win at Atlanta Tuesday night and again at home against Milwaukee Wednesday night, which could be a quarterfinal preview between the teams.

The 76ers have won 14 straight and 2 more wins would stretch it to 16 heading to the postseason.

One loss the next 2 nights for Philadelphia and a Cavs win over the Knicks at the Q would move Cleveland back into the third seed. The teams split the season series, but the Cavs would own the tie-breaker over the 76ers because they are a division champion.  

Here’s a look at the complete NBA playoff picture as of Tuesday afternoon.

East: 1-Toronto vs. 8-Washington, 2-Boston vs. 7-Miami, 3-Philadelphia vs. 6-Milwaukee, 4-Cleveland vs. 5-Indiana.

West: 1-Houston vs. 8-Minnesota, 2-Golden State vs. 7-Oklahoma City, 3-Portland vs. 6-San Antonio, 4-Utah vs. 5-New Orleans.