The three teams have four games remaining combined — and each means something. Miami gets to play a Toronto team which already has the top seed clinched. Likewise, the Wizards get the Celtics, who will be the second seed, and the Magic, who are “battling” the Hawks and Mavericks for positioning in the draft lottery.
Milwaukee: Wednesday at Philadelphia
Miami: Wednesday vs. Toronto
Washington: Tuesday vs. Boston; Wednesday at Orlando
THE BUCKS PERSPECTIVE
While Miami and Washington might be playing teams who don’t care about winning, Milwaukee gets to face Philadelphia, which is trying to earn the No. 3 seed over Cleveland.
With all the games, according to a release put out by the NBA, there are just five scenarios in which the Bucks do not get the sixth seed (and a date with either the 76ers or Cavaliers):
Milwaukee would get the sixth seed
— Bucks win (nothing else matters as far as Milwaukee is concerned if this occurs)
— Bucks lose, Heat lose, Wizards split or lose both
Milwaukee would get the seventh seed
— Bucks lose, Heat win, Wizards split their two games
The Bucks traded their 2018 first-round pick to Phoenix in the Eric Bledsoe trade. However, the pick was protected between 1-10 and 17-30. Currently, Milwaukee is at No. 17 in the draft standings, thus would retain the pick. But Miami is at No. 16 and Washington No. 15. Any flip-flopping with the Bucks dropping down, and that first-rounder is conveyed to the Suns.