Remaining NBA Games That Will Swing the 2013 Playoff Picture

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Remaining NBA Games That Will Swing the 2013 Playoff Picture
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So many potential NBA playoff possibilities, so little time. Inside of 15 games to go in the regular season, the playoff picture in the Eastern and Western Conferences is still fuzzy.

From the top to the bottom, there are plenty of questions the first 80 percent of the season just wasn't able to answer.

Who will claim the top spot in the west? Which teams will round out the top four in the east? How will the bottom half of the Western Conference unfold? Will the Miami Heat ever lose again?

Alright, that last one's irrelevant to the postseason picture, but you get what I'm slinging by now.

At this point in the season, every game is absolutely huge. A battery of teams are still clinging to playoff hopes, while an onslaught of others continue to jostle for position.

Assuming you have other things to do than sift through a novella's worth of playoff speculation, it's worth understanding that even though every remaining contest is important, others are more crusade-defining than most.

Which bouts are those?

Luckily for you, I don't have anything better to do, so I've zeroed in on the games you doggone-crazy hoops heads must pencil in on your calendars.

 

*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports, 82games.com and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.

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