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Celtics will face Sixers in first round of NBA playoffs

Kemba Walker and the Celtics will meet Philadelphia in the first round of the postseason.
Kemba Walker and the Celtics will meet Philadelphia in the first round of the postseason.Kim Klement/Associated Press

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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