NBA Playoffs 2022: Full seeding and matchups set for the first round 

The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, Apr. 16. Here are the matchups for the first round.  

The 2021-22 NBA regular season has officially reached its conclusion on Sunday night.  

With that, it is time for the playoffs, where teams will be vying for the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. 

There will be eight teams from each conference that will be looking to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals.  

For each conference, the top six teams have already clinched playoff spots,  

while four will participate in the Play-In Tournament for the No. 7 and 8 seeds. 

Next are the official seedings in the Eastern and Western Conference brackets, as well as the teams partaking in the Play-In Tournament. 

Eastern Conference 

No. 1 Miami Heat vs. No. 8 seed No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 seed No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 6 Chicago Bulls No. 4 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 5 Toronto Raptors 

Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament 

No. 7 Brooklyn Nets No. 8 Cleveland Cavaliers No. 9 Atlanta Hawks No. 10 Charlotte Hornets 

The winner of Nets/Cavaliers clinches the No. 7 seed. The loser of Nets/Cavaliers takes on the winner of Hawks/Hornets for a chance to secure the No. 8 seed. 

Western Conference 

No. 1 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 8 seed No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 7 seed No. 3 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 6 Denver Nuggets No. 4 Dallas Mavericks vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz 

Western Conference Play-In Tournament 

No. 7 Minnesota Timberwolves No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers No. 9 New Orleans Pelicans No. 10 San Antonio Spurs 

The winner of Timberwolves/Clippers clinches the No. 7 seed.  

The loser of Timberwolves/Clippers takes on the winner of Pelicans/Spurs for a chance to secure the No. 8 seed.