With the Pacers beating the Rockets, the Celtics’ first-round playoff opponent has been set: Philadelphia.
Boston, which is now locked into the third seed, will face sixth-seeded Philadelphia in the opening round. The Celtics have one regular-season game left, Thursday at noon against Washington.
It’ll be the second time in three years the two teams will meet in the playoffs.
Boston is 1-3 against the Sixers this season; however, Philadelphia will enter the postseason without guard Ben Simmons, who is out after undergoing surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee.
The winner of the Sixers-Celtics series will take on either the No. 2 seed Raptors or No. 7 seed Nets in the second round. The other two matchups feature the Bucks against the Magic and the Heat vs. the Pacers.
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