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How Brooklyn Nets Match Up Against Every Potential Conference Playoff Opponent
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Joe Johnson's health is the biggest concern for the Nets as the postseason looms.

The NBA playoffs are finally in sight and it’s time to examine how the Brooklyn Nets (45-32) match up against the other postseason-bound teams in the Eastern Conference.

If the season ended tonight, the No. 4-seed Nets would square off against the No. 5-seed Chicago Bulls in the first round. However, a first-round date with the Atlanta Hawks remains a real possibility. The Hawks trail the Bulls by just one game with five games left in the regular season.

The Nets won’t admit it, but it’s safe to say they’d prefer a first-round matchup with Atlanta to taking on a very nasty and physical Chicago squad.

If the Nets take care of business in round one, they will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks-Miami Heat series, which is all but set in stone. Barring the biggest upset in NBA playoff history, Miami will be waiting in the second round.

On the other side of the bracket, the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers appear primed for a second-round clash. The winner of that series will earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

Just three-and-a-half games separate the fifth, sixth and seventh seeds, so the picture in the East is still muddled. Whichever way things play out, the Nets will definitely have a tough road to the NBA Finals.

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