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A lot is at stake over final days of the regular season

The top four seeds in the Eastern Conference are up for grabs.

The Los Angeles Lakers might not even make the postseason in the West.

There is a lot to be decided (except No. 1 seed in West where Phoenix ran away with the top spot) in both conference as teams fight to either stay in the top six and out the play-in game format or simply make the play-in game.

It has all the makings for an exciting and wild finish to the 2021-22 regular season, a campaign that nearly three months ago had Boston nowhere near competing for an NBA title. Now, they might be the best team in the East.

And take a look at the schedules. Maybe a team or two has it easier, especially teams with their seed just about locked up, but there are some difficult schedules remaining for teams trying to make the postseason.

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What’s at stake in final two weeks of NBA season? We take a look at the standings, where each team stands, who has what to gain and lose and who plays who:

Eastern Conference

Any one of four teams can earn the No. 1 seed in the East, and the four teams can finish in any order. And the finish could invoke several tiebreaker scenarios.

It’s been an elevator ride in the East standings all season, up and down. This is how it looks heading into the Tuesday’s games:

The Heat’s frustrations boiled over, leading to a dust-up between Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler (22) during last week’s loss to the Warriors.

Top four seeds

Miami Heat (48-28)

Just a week ago, the Heat were in first place with a three-game lead. But a late-season swoon coupled with a Jimmy Butler-Erik Spoelstra in-game argument puts the top seed in jeopardy for Miami.

Remaining schedule (7): vs. Sacramento; at Boston; at Chicago; at Toronto; vs. Charlotte; vs. Atlanta; at Orlando

Boston Celtics (47-29)

The Celtics might just be the best team in the East – and that’s after a 18-21 start that left them in 11th place in January. It’s been a remarkable turnaround, but Robert Williams’ knee injury is a tough loss for the Celtics.

Remaining schedule (6): vs. Miami; vs. Indiana; vs. Washington; at Chicago; at…

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Author : USA TODAY Sports

Publish date : 2022-03-29 19:18:23

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