The NBA playoff bracket is now set

Regular season ends with a scramble

The NBA Playoffs will begin on Saturday afternoon when the Warriors and Spurs get things started in a Western Conference Finals rematch from last season.

As if getting to the playoffs wasn't enough, there's a bit of a financial stake at play for Minnesota and Denver in their finale - the winning team splits $298,485, as part of the NBA's $20 million playoff pool this season.

Will the duel between Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals have a fourth instalment?

When LeBron James took the floor for Cleveland against NY on Wednesday night, it represented a first for the four-time MVP - this is the first of his 15 seasons in which he's played in every regular-season game.

The top-seeded Toronto Raptors will take on No. 8 Washington in the first round, with the last matchup pairing LeBron James and the No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers against No. 5 Indiana.

The playoffs are back, with Golden State and Cleveland - who've met in the last three NBA Finals - not exactly looking like the overwhelming favorites the league has come to expect. It's the first time since 1997 - and only the third time since the National Basketball Association went to this postseason format in 1983 - that two teams will play on the season's final day in such a situation.

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"We're one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship", James said.

The 76ers are riding a 16-game win streak into the playoffs despite missing Joel Embiid for nine of those games. The New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves were all jockeying for playoff positioning, and it was finally resolved. They needed overtime to beat the Nuggets and get into the postseason. The other four first-round series will begin on Sunday.

For the San Antonio Spurs they could finish as high as fifth or as low as eight and most of that is based one what the other teams do.

The Warriors are trying for a third title in four seasons, and will play this first round more than likely without Curry while he continues recovering from a knee injury.

Game 82 for both teams will have a Game 7-of-the-playoffs feel, which is a fitting way to transition from the regular season to the postseason. If necessary, Games 5, 6, and 7 will be played at alternating sites beginning with a home game for the Thunder on Wednesday, April 25.

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