Playoff Picture: Grizzlies clinch eighth, Pacers top East

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With so few spots left in limbo, the Playoff Picture today takes on a slightly different format.

Eastern Conference

East No. 1 and No. 2: Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat
Both the Pacers and Heat are confirmed where they stand after Miami lay down it’s weapons and conceded, losing in Washington tonight.

Indiana will face Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs. Miami will play either Charlotte or Washington.

East No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5: Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets

This is almost confirmed now. The Bulls are happy to tank into the fourht seed and avoid the Heat in the second round. The Raptors will finish third and face either Charlotte or Washington. Brooklyn likely plays Chicago.

East No. 6 and No. 7: Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards

These two can still swap places if one wins and the other loses. This is the last playoff battle still largely undecided in the Eastern Conference.

Western Conference

West No. 1: San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have clinched and will sit the starters on Wednesday night while awaiting the loser of the Memphis/Dallas throwdown.

West No. 2 and No. 3: Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles still has a shot at the two seed with a pair of wins and Thunder loss over the final two nights of the season.

West No.4 and No. 5: Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers
This is a lock and the only lock in the Western Conference after Houston beat San Antonio last night.

West No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8: Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies

The Warriors are locked into the sixth seed. The Mavericks can clinch seventh with a win against Memphis on Wednesday. Conversely, Memphis takes seventh with a win of their own.

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