The 2014 NBA playoff field is set following the Memphis Grizzlies' gutsy road win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. The only question left to be answered is how the road to the 2014 NBA Finals will shake out.
Several teams are locked into their respective seed in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. However, teams like Toronto, Washington, Dallas and Memphis will be looking to finish the regular season strong in order to avoid slipping down a slot.
With only two days remaining in the regular season, let's take a look the latest league standings and the updated postseason bracket.
|Eastern Conference||Team||Record||Western Conference||Team||Record|
|1||Indiana Pacers||55-26||1||San Antonio Spurs||62-19|
|2||Miami Heat||54-27||2||Oklahoma City Thunder||58-23|
|3||Toronto Raptors||48-33||3||Los Angeles Clippers||56-24|
|4||Chicago Bulls||48-33||4||Houston Rockets||54-27|
|5||Brooklyn Nets||44-36||5||Portland Trail Blazers||53-28|
|6||Washington Wizards||43-38||6||Golden State Warriors||50-31|
|7||Charlotte Bobcats||42-39||7||Dallas Mavericks||49-32|
|8||Atlanta Hawks||37-44||8||Memphis Grizzlies||49-32|
|9||New York Knicks||35-45||9||Phoenix Suns||47-34|
|10||Cleveland Cavaliers||32-49||10||Minnesota Timberwolves||40-41|
|11||Detroit Pistons||29-52||11||Denver Nuggets||36-44|
|12||Boston Celtics||25-56||12||New Orleans Pelicans||33-48|
|13||Orlando Magic||23-58||13||Sacramento Kings||28-53|
|14||Philadelphia 76ers||18-63||14||Los Angeles Lakers||26-55|
|15||Milwaukee Bucks||15-66||15||Utah Jazz||24-57|
2014 NBA Playoff Bracket (as of April 15 at 11 a.m. ET)
|First Round||Conference Semis||Conference Finals||NBA Finals|
|(1) Indiana Pacers|
|(8) Atlanta Hawks|
|(4) Chicago Bulls|
|(5) Brooklyn Nets|
|(3) Toronto Raptors|
|(6) Washington Wizards|
|(2) Miami Heat|
|(7) Charlotte Bobcats|
|(1) San Antonio Spurs|
|(8) Memphis Grizzlies|
|(4) Houston Rockets|
|(5) Portland Trail Blazers|
|(3) Los Angeles Clippers|
|(6) Golden State Warriors|
|(2) Oklahoma City Thunder|
|(7) Dallas Mavericks|
What to Watch For
With 15 games scheduled for Wednesday, the entire league will be in action on the regular season's final night, which will feature some pivotal matchups.
Here, I'll highlight some of the meaningful games you should be on the lookout for.
Mavs Battle Grizzlies For No. 7 Seed, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
With the 16-team playoff field all set and no one wanting to play the scorching-hot San Antonio Spurs in Round 1, Wednesday night's prime-time showdown between the Mavericks and Grizzlies in Memphis is sure to feature a playoff-like atmosphere.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the potential of resting his players for Wednesday's game prior to Monday's results and made it clear that his team must continue to improve ahead of the postseason, via ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon:
We’re prepared for Wednesday at this point in time as a game we need to win. Beyond that, right now, that’s where we’re at. I don’t think it’s a good idea to get into answering kharmically flawed questions like that. I’ll politely decline that. I would even say respectfully decline.
We’ll watch the game tonight. The games tonight are going to be of great interest to everybody. But we’re working at getting better for Wednesday’s game and the playoffs in these next two days. That’s what we need to do. We got a lot of things to work on.
Memphis' win over Phoenix means that Dallas could still fall to the No. 8 seed with a loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Although the Grizzlies reached the Western Conference Finals a year ago and will be playing at home on Wednesday, the Mavericks clearly have the edge in this game.
Dallas has won the previous three meetings this season, including a 14-point win at Memphis on Feb. 5. Still, despite posting a 9-6 record against the Southwest Division to this point, the Grizzlies, who have gone just 3-12 against the division, have a shot to rise up the standings with a 27th home win.
With the loser set to take on the defending Western Conference champion Spurs in the first round, the stakes couldn't be higher.
Wizards, Bobcats Look to Avoid Defending Champs
The Miami Heat's loss in the nation's capital on Monday means that the two-time defending champions are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, the No. 7 seed and Miami's first-round opponent have yet to be determined.
Washington is one game up on Charlotte in the race for the No. 6 seed, but will need to beat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in order to clinch the No. 6 spot. Otherwise, the Wizards will need the Bobcats to lose at home to the Chicago Bulls.
If both teams win, the Wizards would still lock up the No. 6 seed and a first-round series with either Toronto or Chicago.
The Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus breaks down the only scenario that will propel Charlotte to the No. 6 seed:
Bobcats can still climb from 7 to 6 - avoid the Heat - but only if Wizards lose - so now Wash unlikely to lose to Boston in final game— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) April 15, 2014
If the Brooklyn Nets lose their final two games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Wizards can sneak into the No. 5 seed with a win over Boston on Wednesday night. That would allow Washington to avoid the Heat in the first and second round assuming they were able to advance to the conference semifinals.
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