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NBA Playoffs 2012: 6 Late-Season Matchups That Will Affect Playoff Standings

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 6 Late-Season Matchups That Will Affect Playoff Standings

As this shortened regular season wraps up and the playoff picture starts to become clearer, some teams are starting to prepare themselves for the playoffs while other teams are still fighting for a spot.

Very few of the seeds are set in stone, and a lot can still change over the next few games. There is still a lot to play for, and some of these games could be previews of possible late-round playoff matchups and thus will have a playoff atmosphere.

These are six games that will impact the playoff picture, and also serve as a gut-check for teams looking to play their best basketball at the end of the season.

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