Breaking Down 2014 NBA Playoff Scenarios for Every Contender

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Breaking Down 2014 NBA Playoff Scenarios for Every Contender
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With a regular season as unpredictable as the one coming to an end, the ensuing NBA playoffs will present us with unique matchups and scenarios that are seldom encountered in postseason play.

Thanks to injuries and otherwise awful disappointments ruining what was purported to be an improved Eastern Conference, the middle seeds all have a fair shot at advancing to the second round. 

Once perceived to be a powerhouse, the Indiana Pacers have stumbled to the finish line, and their cakewalk to the NBA Finals may not be as breezy as everyone first suspected.

In the West, the conference's top seeds have grown increasingly intimidating as the season has neared its finish. But can a lower seed in the conference manage to upset one of the dominant forces?

Once they arrive, this year's playoffs are sure to provide interesting paths for all teams involved. Ahead, we outline each potential matchup for the league's postseason contenders.

The following list is sorted by best record. All mathematically playoff-eligible teams are included, with the exception of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have five more losses than the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks and only four games left.

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