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Breakdown of NBA Playoff Scenarios Entering Tuesday's Games

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 10, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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With two days to go in the NBA regular season, there is still a lot to be determined before the postseason begins. 

Per Oliver Maroney of Uproxx, here are the various playoff scenarios in play before Tuesday's schedule of six games tips off:

Oliver Maroney @OMaroneyNBA

Here are the Western Conference Playoff Scenarios from @NBA https://t.co/Fkkif0xMHq

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Here are the Eastern Conference Playoff Scenarios, per @NBA https://t.co/b2rjXv7rSF

Of the 16 combined playoff spots available between both conferences, only one is still up for grabs out West. The winner of Wednesday's game between the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves will be the No. 8 seed, earning a first-round matchup with the Houston Rockets. 

Playoff seeding in the Western Conference remains a mess, with the Rockets and Golden State Warriors in the top two spots as the only locks. The Portland Trail Blazers have the inside track on the No. 3 seed with a 48-33 record, but the Utah Jazz (47-33) can move into that spot if the two teams finish with the same record. 

The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans could all end up anywhere from the No. 4 seed to the No. 8 seed. 

Things in the Eastern Conference aren't nearly as dramatic with all eight playoff spots locked up. The Toronto Raptors (No. 1), Boston Celtics (No. 2) and Indiana Pacers (No. 5) already know their positioning. 

The Philadelphia 76ers (50-30) have to finish with a better record than the Cleveland Cavaliers (50-31) to earn the No. 3 seed. The Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Washington Wizards will occupy the bottom three spots, though the order won't be finalized until after Wednesday's games.

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