NBA Playoff Race Update: The Milwaukee Bucks Punch Their Ticket

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Eastern Conference - Sure Things

(1) Milwaukee Bucks (48-16, clinched)
(2) Toronto Raptors (46-18, 100.0%)
(3) Indiana Pacers (41-23, 100.0%)
(4) Philadelphia 76ers (40-23, 100.0%)
(5) Boston Celtics
(38-26, 100.0%)

It's been 10 days since our last update, but not much has changed at the top of the Eastern Conference since that time.

Our five "sure things" remain in the exact same seeding order, and our algorithm still gives each of them a full 100.0% chance of making the postseason. The Celtics have lost five of their last six, and it hasn't even mattered since they still have an 8.5-game lead on ninth place.

The most notable development in this group since the last time we checked in is that the Bucks became the first team in the Association to clinch a playoff berth for the 2018-19 season a few days ago, and they remain the only team to have done so so far.