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Playoff Chase: Seven meaningful games on final night of NBA season

Apr 16, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

Zach Randolph, Dirk Nowitzki Zach Randolph, Dirk Nowitzki

Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

We know the 16 teams going to the playoffs dance, but the NBA is going down to the wire on the final night of the regular season to set the seedings and who will play whom. These seven games can all influence where teams land in the standings.

Here’s what to look for.

Chicago vs. Charlotte: Both teams need this win. For Charlotte, its only hope of getting out of the seven seed and avoiding Miami in the first round is to beat Chicago and hope for a Washington loss to Boston (that’s not likely). The Bulls could still climb to the three seed with a win and a Toronto loss to the Knicks.

Dallas vs. Memphis: It’s very simple, winner gets the seven seed and Oklahoma City in the first round, loser gets the eighth slot San Antonio to open the playoffs. Know that the Grizzlies are motivated here, the Spurs have had their number the past few seasons so the Grizzlies really want to avoid them in the first round.

Detroit vs. Oklahoma City: If the Thunder win this game they are the No. 2 seed in the West, however if they lose and the Clippers knock off Portland the Clippers climb past them into the No. 2 slot. OKC should be motivated here because the Clippers are the likely second round matchup and you want home court against them.

Washington vs. Boston: The Wizards could land anywhere from seeds 5-7 depending on this game and others. If Washington wins they cannot be lower than the six seed — and they want to win because if they fall to the seven seed they get steamrolled by Miami in the first round. If Washington loses and Charlotte beats Chicago, then Charlotte is the six seed and Washington the seven. If Washington wins and Brooklyn falls to Cleveland than the Wizards are the five seed and the Nets fall to six.

Brooklyn vs. Cleveland: If the Nets win they are the five seed (likely facing Chicago). A Nets loss combined with a Wizards win drops the Nets to the six seed (likely facing the Raptors, providing they win over the Knicks). There is a school of thought the Nets would like to line themselves up with the Raptors in the first round, but hitting that moving target will not be easy (plus the Raptors are no pushovers).

Toronto vs. New York: If the Raptors win they are the three seed, it’s that simple. A Raptors loss combined with a Bulls win over the Bobcats drops the Wizards to the four seed. Either way the Raptors are in, which is a nice reward for long suffering Toronto fans.

Los Angeles Clippers at Portland: The Clippers can move up to the two seed with a win combined with a Thunder loss to the Pistons. Not likely, but the Clippers would love for it to happen so they have home court in a potential second round matchup with the Thunder.

  1. capspats - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    “A Raptors loss combined with a Bulls win over the Bobcats drops the Wizards to the four seed. Either way the Raptors are in, which is a nice reward for long suffering Bucks fans.”

    What?

    • calkinsrob - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      I just dont get how you can forget what team your talking about (TWICE lol) mid-sentence lol.

      • brentsn - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        What I don’t get is , the post got 39 “likes” !!????

      • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        @brentsn What I don’t get is… you’re a retard?

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        @fakeprobasketballpunidit:
        no question that you are mentally inferior.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      That had to be on purpose lol

      • calkinsrob - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        Im starting to think so too lol

    • teabone413 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      kurt = worst writer on pbt

  2. bigmeechy74 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Come on Grizzlies! I REALLY don’t want the Mavs to play the thunder because I think the Mavs could actually win. Scott Brooks is such a horrible coach that it could easily happen. So I want the Mavs to have to play the Spurs. I really don’t want dallas to be in the playoffs very long since they are so boring

    • au1978 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Wait….I know you, as a Grizzlies fan, are not calilng another team boring. The Grizzlies play some of the most aesthetically displeasing basketball you’ll ever see.

      And besides, let’s get real–both OKC and San Antonio are coming out of the first round no matter who they play, you just may be able to win one more game by playing the Thunder.

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        I’m not that big of a Grizzlies fan. But they are cooler than the Mavs. And OKC is vulnerable. With Sam Presti’s penchant for signing washed up players and Scott Brooks love affair with giving crunch time minutes to fossils like derek fisher and caron butler and AWFUL players like kendrick perkins then it’s definitely possible that they could lose.

    • turkbox420 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Mavs boring????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        yeah. the most boring team in the NBA probably. Except for maybe the hawks

  3. misremembered72 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    are you messing with us on purpose???

  4. jcmeyer10 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Going to the Celtics game for no other reason than being there for the bad times after having so much fun over the last 5 years.

    The fans owe them that much.

  5. sneakymoth - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Jesus, have any of you heard of an editor? I understand and occasional misspelling, but this is nuts…

    “Toronto vs. New York: If the Raptors win they are the three seed, it’s that simple. A Raptors loss combined with a Bulls win over the Bobcats drops the WIZARDS to the four seed. Either way the Raptors are in, which is a nice reward for long suffering BUCKS fans.”

    cocaine is the answer for this…surely.

    • brentsn - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      I just commented under that post that it got 39 “likes”…can you explain THAT one ? LOL! Kinda scary !

      • john242322 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        relax. ppl liked the comment…So what? I’m not sure what’s scary about this

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Tonight has the most games being played in a single night of any night in the history of the NBA.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    That derpy picture of Dirk & Z-Bo perfectly compliments the derpy writing of this article. DERP!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      How would a pea brain loser like you know?

  8. officialhintz - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    The mavs are one of the biggest markets in the NBA. There’s a reason why we are in the conversation for almost every big free agent. Yes I know we haven’t got one, but we are a bigger market and are so much more fun to watch than Memphis.

  9. wfgjr - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    This is a ridiculous insult to Raptor fans….

  10. turkbox420 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    This Mavs Grizz game is awesome!!! WAR!!!!

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