How the tie is broken

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 4:10 PM ET

A three-way tie at the end of the season between the Raptors, Washington and Philadelphia would work in the Toronto's favour. The first tiebreaker would be head-to-head play followed by conference record.

The Raptors were 3-1 against Philadelphia and 1-3 versus the Wizards. The season series between the Wizards and 76ers was 2-1 in favour of the 76ers going into last night's fourth and final game of the season series. A Philly win would leave all three teams with the same record. The next tiebreaker would be conference records, where the Raptors are 28-21, the Sixers 25-24 and the Wizards 27-22. Each team has three games remaining.

If the Raptors and Sixers go 2-1 in their final three and the Wizards go 1-2, the Raptors would own the tiebreaker and finish fifth, earning a first-round date with Cleveland.

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