Boston Sports Day

Celts Grab Third Seed In Strat-O-Matic NBA Season Simulation, Begin Playoffs Saturday

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When the NBA suspended play on March 12, the Celtics stood at 43-21, and in third place in the Eastern Division standings. Celts and other NBA fans were deprived of some exciting races for playoff berths and seeding positions, so Strat-O-Matic (, the market leader in sports simulations, played out the rest of the regular season, which was scheduled to end today, and based on those results will continue to simulate the postseason, day-by-day, through the Finals in mid-June as scheduled, or until live action on the court resumes.

In Strat-O-Matic’s simulation, the Celtics went 12-6 down the stretch, holding onto the third seed. They will take on the sixth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers (48-34) in the first round of the playoffs. Game One in Boston is set for Saturday.

“While Strat-O-Matic is known most for baseball, we have refined our basketball and other sports games over the decades,” said Hal Richman, Strat-O-Matic founder. “Basketball fans didn’t get to find out how the playoff races played out in the final month of the season, but our simulation sets up some exciting playoff matchups that we hope fans will want to follow through to the championship.”

Full playoff results and game boxscores are available to fans each day beginning at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m PT on April 18th at

The first-round playoff matchups in the 2020 Strat-O-Matic simulation, best-of-seven series, in 2-2-1-1-1 home/away format, are as follows:

Eastern Conference

#1 Milwaukee vs. #8 Brooklyn

#2 Toronto vs. #7 Orlando

#3 Boston vs. #6 Philadelphia

#4 Miami vs. #5 Indiana

Western Conference

#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #8 New Orleans

#2 Denver vs. #7 Dallas

#3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #6 Oklahoma City

#4 Houston vs. #5 Utah

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