The end line is in sight for the NBA common season, with the 20 playoff groups locked in and all having simply two or three video games left to play.
But simply two of the 20 seeds are locked in, which means there’s an enormous quantity to play for earlier than the play-in begins on Wednesday April 13 (AEST).
With because of the invaluable Playoff Status web site, right here’s a have a look at the NBA Playoffs State of Play.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS(after April 7 AEST video games)
1. Miami Heat (52-28) [2 to play]
2. Boston Celtics (50-30) 
3. Milwaukee Bucks (49-30) 
4. Philadelphia 76ers (49-30) 
5. Toronto Raptors (46-33) 
6. Chicago Bulls (45-35) 
7. Cleveland Cavaliers (43-37) 
8. Brooklyn Nets (42-38) 
9. Atlanta Hawks (42-38) 
10. Charlotte Hornets (40-39) 
Washington Wizards (35-45)
New York Knicks (35-45)
Indiana Pacers (25-55)
Detroit Pistons (23-57)
Orlando Magic (21-59)
State of Play
Miami is nearly locked into the No.1 seed, given only a two per cent probability of dropping out, needing to win as soon as or both of Milwaukee or Boston to lose as soon as to lock it up.
The Bucks have the tie-breaker over Philadelphia and the winner of Friday (AEST)’s Boston at Milwaukee recreation is almost certainly to earn the No.2 seed… and a possible date with the Nets.
Brooklyn’s place within the play-in makes issues a bit extra difficult as a result of at their greatest they’re the largest risk within the 7-10 bunch. It is perhaps higher to complete No.3 and face the Lonzo Ball-less Bulls, who look virtually sure to complete sixth.
Both the Sixers and Bucks have an additional recreation in-hand over the Celtics, however are every a win again.
Boston faces Memphis in a final-day blockbuster – however the Grizzlies gained’t must win as they’re locked into the No.2 seed, which helps the Celtics tremendously.
Toronto’s slim probabilities of leaping into fourth would depend on a win over the Sixers and an ideal run residence – they face Houston and the Knicks of their final two video games.
Chicago is near locked into the sixth seed, having misplaced three on the trot to the Heat, Bucks and Celtics, displaying precisely why ending third could possibly be the simplest path to the convention semi-finals. They face the win-needy Hornets and Timberwolves of their final two video games.
The 4 play-in groups are set, with Brooklyn and Atlanta each successful on Thursday to remain a recreation again of Cleveland.
Saturday’s Nets-Cavaliers recreation in Brooklyn might determine who has residence courtroom benefit within the 7-8 recreation, with the Hawks enjoying at Miami and Charlotte at Chicago on the identical day.
The Nets are slight favourites to complete seventh, as their closing recreation is in opposition to Indiana whereas the Cavaliers’ is in opposition to Milwaukee.
If the Cavs lose to each the Nets and Bucks, they might nonetheless fall into ninth, with the Hawks (who would lose a head-to-head tie-breaker with Brooklyn) enjoying Houston on the ultimate day.
Charlotte has an additional recreation to play in comparison with its play-in rivals however is given solely an eight per cent probability of leaping into the 7-8 recreation.
Most doubtless playoffs bracket
1. Miami v 8. Winner of (Brooklyn/Cleveland loser) v (Atlanta/Charlotte winner)
2. Milwaukee v 7. Winner of Brooklyn/Cleveland
3. Philadelphia v 6. Chicago
4. Boston v 5. Toronto
Play-in: 7. Brooklyn hosts 8. Cleveland, 9. Atlanta hosts 10. Charlotte
WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS(after April 7 AEST games)
1. Phoenix Suns (63-17) [2 to play]
2. Memphis Grizzlies (55-24) 
3. Golden State Warriors (50-29) 
4. Dallas Mavericks (50-30) 
5. Utah Jazz (48-32) 
6. Denver Nuggets (47-33) 
7. Minnesota Timberwolves (45-35) 
8. LA Clippers (40-40) 
9. New Orleans Pelicans (35-44) 
10. San Antonio Spurs (34-45) 
LA Lakers (31-48)
Sacramento Kings (29-51)
Portland Trail Blazers (27-52)
Oklahoma City Thunder (24-56)
Houston Rockets (20-60)
State of play
The top two is locked in, with Phoenix the No.1 seed and Memphis the surprise packets at No.2. They’ll face play-in sides – on paper, Grizzlies-Timberwolves and Suns-Clippers.
Golden State is virtually locked into either third or fourth – they’d have to lose a multi-team tie to the Jazz with very specific results needed to finish fifth – but do not hold the tie-breaker against Dallas, who are fourth and a half-game back thanks to an extra loss.
With the Mavericks facing the Trail Blazers and Spurs in their last two, they’re a strong chance of getting to 52 wins, meaning the Warriors may need to go 3-0 and knock off the Lakers, Spurs and Pelicans to ensure they finish third, and avoid a potential Phoenix showdown in the conference semis.
Utah is extra more likely to drop again into sixth than transfer up into the highest 4, given an eight per cent probability of being handed by Denver – however the Jazz face the lowly Trail Blazers on the ultimate day.
The Nuggets can assure they’ll keep away from the play-in by successful one in every of their closing two video games in opposition to the already-locked-into-No.2 Grizzlies or eradicated Lakers.
If they go 0-2, Minnesota has the tie-breaker and would transfer into sixth with a 2-0 end, with video games in opposition to the Spurs and Bulls to wrap up their common season.
But it’s more likely the Timberwolves will host the LA Clippers for the fitting to face Memphis within the 2-7 first-round collection, with New Orleans and San Antonio locked into the opposite play-in recreation.
The Pelicans and Spurs every have three video games left and they’re enjoying for home-court benefit, with the winner of their play-in recreation to play on the (doubtless) Timberwolves-Clippers losers for the fitting to face Phoenix within the first spherical.
Most doubtless playoffs bracket
1. Phoenix v 8. Winner of (Minnesota/LA Clippers loser) v (New Orleans/San Antonio winner)
2. Memphis v 7. Winner of Minnesota/LA Clippers
3. Golden State v 6. Denver
4. Dallas v 5. Utah
Play-in: 7. Minnesota hosts 8. LA Clippers, 9. New Orleans hosts 10. San Antonio