Miami Heat to face Bucks as NBA playoffs lineup confirmed

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Wednesday night saw the conclusion of the NBA regular season, and set in stone the eight matchups for the first round of the playoffs.
The defending champions Miami Heat saw off the Orlando Magic in their final game but they already had the first seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, and could afford to give star player LeBron James a night off.
James and co will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, while the number one seed in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder, will take on the Houston Rockets.
That promises to be one of the ties of the first round as Rockets star shooter James Harden looks to exact revenge on the team that traded him earlier this season.
Elsewhere, the LA Clippers face the Memphis Grizzles, while the New York Knicks, led by newly crowned NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony, take on the Boston Celtics.
This year's playoffs tip off this weekend with Boston travelling to New York on Saturday afternoon.
The second seed Knicks have been in sensational form in the past few months, with Anthony ably supported by the likes of Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler.

The LA Lakers managed to sneak into the playoffs late on, and with victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night, they secured the seventh seed in the West. With Kobe Bryant ruled out with an achilles injury, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol with have to step up for the Lakers.
The playoff matchups are as follows:
Western Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs v LA Lakers
Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors
LA Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies
Eastern Conference
Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks v Boston Celtics
Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks
Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets


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