After a disappointing season crammed with drama and accidents, the Brooklyn Nets performed properly sufficient within the last weeks to present themselves the most effective probability to advance out of the play-in.
With a 134-126 win over the Pacers on Sunday, behind 35 factors from Kyrie Irving, the Nets locked up the No. 7 seed within the East. They will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday (7 p.m. on TNT) in a recreation the place the winner advances to the playoffs because the No. 7 seed. The Cavaliers, who stumbled down the standings as they struggled over the ultimate month of the season, secured the No. 8 seed by beating a Bucks crew 133-115 (Milwaukee rested each key participant on this recreation).
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That Bucks’ loss opens the door for the Celtics to seize the No. 2 seed with a win in opposition to the Grizzlies (Milwaukee would fall to No. 3). It will get extra complicated than that with the 76ers additionally in that 2/3/4 combine within the East.
Both the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets additionally gained on Sunday, locking them right into a win-or-go-home first-round play-in recreation Wednesday in Atlanta (7 p.m. ESPN). The Hawks beat the Rockets 130-114 whereas the Hornets dealt with the Wizards 124-108 on Sunday.
The loser of the Nets/Cavaliers recreation will host the winner of the Hawks/Hornets recreation in a win-or-go-home recreation Friday night time, with the victor in that recreation coming into the playoffs in opposition to the No. 8 seed and taking over the Heat beginning subsequent weekend.
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