Playoff implications for Wednesday, the final night of the NBA regular season
So which games matter, and which games really matter? While the playoff teams are all clinched and set, seeding is up for grabs in each conference. Seven games have playoff implications tonight. Here's your guide to Wednesday night's playoff games that will affect seeding in both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference playoffs.
7 pm ET - Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Bobcats
(TV: SportSouth and CSN Chicago)
The Bulls could sweep the season series against the Bobcats tonight, and they'd get the No. 3 seed in the East with a win plus a Raptors loss to the Knicks. Charlotte, meanwhile, would earn the No. 6 seed in the East with a win plus a Wizards loss to the Celtics.
8 pm ET - Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies
This is the funnest game of the night to an objective fan, and thankfully it's on ESPN. Head to head. Winner gets the 7 seed in the West, loser gets the 8 seed and must face the Spurs in the first round.
8 pm ET - Oklahoma City Thunder at Detroit Pistons
(TV: Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Oklahoma)
If the Thunder win, they get the No. 2 seed in the West outright.
8pm ET - Washington Wizard at Boston Celtics
(TV: CSN Washington, CSN New England)
If the Wizards win and the Nets lose to the Cavs, Washington gets the No. 5 seed in the East. If both teams win (or if both teams lose), the Wizards could get the sixth seed. But if the Wizards lose and the Bobcats beat the Bulls, Washington falls all the way to the No. 7 seed and a Miami Heat matchup in the first round.
8pm ET Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers
(TV: YES Network, Fox Sports Ohio)
The Nets really just need for the Wizards to lose, and they will get the No. 5 seed. If Brooklyn wins, they still get the No. 5 seed in the East. But if they lose and the Wizards win, the Nets drop to the No. 6 seed.
8pm ET - Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks
(TV: SportsNet One, MSG Network)
Toronto clinches the No. 3 seed in the East with a win, or a Bulls loss. Should Toronto lose and the Bulls win, the Raptors will be seeded No. 4 in the East.
10:30 pm ET - LA Clippers at Portland Trailblazers
The Clips' best season ever will result in a No. 2 seed if they win at Portland, plus the Thunder lose. But the only way they can get that No. 2 seed is with an OKC loss. If Oklahoma City beats Detroit, the Clippers will have already lost the No. 2 seed by tip-off.