The top three seeds in the Eastern conference are assured by winning one's division. The other 5 seeds are based on the regular season record. That being said, if the playoffs were to begin today, the 3rd seeded Raptors would have homecourt advantage against their 6th-seeded division rivals, the Brooklyn Nets.
With many players who have 2nd round or championship experience, BKN pose a problem but, with a rookie coach, aging/unhealthy veteran players and a weak frontcourt; the Nets are a lesser cause for concern. The Chicago Bulls are presently seeded fourth and I believe, should they stay there, it bodes well for the Raptors.
Chicago's strength is its frontcourt which can dominate both sides of the ball in the Eastern conference. In a 5 or 7-game series, their stifling/physical defence could neutralize any homecourt advantage the Raptors may have. Moreover, they score points in the point, are protective of the rim and are less-reliant on lower percentage shots. In short, they are built for playoff basket as opposed to streak shooting basketball. Should they sneak into the playoffs, Detroit would pose similar problems for TOR. Ideally, I would prefer that the Raptors faced the Atlanta Hawks or the Washington Wizards.
Enough of my hair-pulling and hand-wringing ... I'd like to read your thoughts on potential first round matchups. Be as exhaustive and articulate as you can be. If you're a juniour high schooler with poor grammar & limited vocabulary, you're still welcome to comment so long as you respect the opinions of the other participants.