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Tightest 2013 NBA Playoff Races Down the Home Stretch

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Tightest 2013 NBA Playoff Races Down the Home Stretch
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Making the playoffs is the initial goal of most NBA teams. But while a squad's overall talent level is the biggest factor in how long it stays alive in the postseason, whom and where it plays can be critical.

By and large, avoiding the best teams should be the goals of those that still have control over where they finish. The Boston Celtics, for example, have no real shot to earn home-court advantage anymore, but with some good play down the stretch—and a little luck—they might be able to set themselves up for another long playoff run.

But the Celtics—and other teams—will have to win these tight races if they hope to maximize their hopes to continue to advance in the playoffs.

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