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NBA Daily Playoff photo: The one with a pair of West tiebreakers on the line

The picture of the NBA playoffs will become clearer every day between now and the end of the regular season on April 14. In the meantime, we’ll provide detailed daily updates on the landscape, including magic numbers, the strength of the schedule, relevant tiebreaks and the stakes for the daily game offering.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Achieved play-off berth

2. Denver Nuggets (52-23)

Achieved play-off berth

Achieved play-off berth

  • Projected record: 57-25

  • Net rating: 6.4

  • Magic number for top three seed: 5

  • Remaining schedule: HOU, TOR, @PHX, @LAL, WAS, @DEN, ATL, PHX

  • Remaining strength of the schedule: .488

  • Highest possible finish: No. 1 seed (not lower than No. 6)

  • Own tiebreaks against: Thunder, Nuggets, Clippers, Mavericks, Pelicans

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 31: James Harden #1 of the LA Clippers brings the ball down the court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on March 31, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

The Clippers have an important matchup with the Kings on a busy Tuesday night in the NBA. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (47-27)

5. Dallas Mavericks (45-29)

7. Phoenix Suns (44-31)

8. Sacramento Kings (43-31)

9. Los Angeles Lakers (42-33)

10. Golden State Warriors (40-34)

11. Houston Rockets (38-36)

Tuesday’s games are important (all times East)

Lakers at Raptors (7 p.m.)

Thunder at 76ers (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Rockets at Timberwolves (8 p.m.)

Spurs at Nuggets (9 p.m.)

Clippers at Kings (10 p.m.)

Mavericks at Warriors (10 p.m., TNT)


EASTERN CONFERENCE

Seeded #1 and first round playoff series vs. number 8 in place (determined by play-in tournament)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 27: Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks controls the ball against Terry Rozier #2 of the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2024 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 27: Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks controls the ball against Terry Rozier #2 of the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2024 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Knicks and Heat are both battling for playoff positioning in the East. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

4. New York Knicks (44-30)

6. Indiana Pacers (43-33)

  • Projected record: 45-37

  • Net rating: 1.5

  • Magic number for playoff berth: 8

  • Remaining schedule: NYK, PHI, @HOU, @IND, @ATL, DAL, TOR, TOR

  • Remaining strength of the schedule: .487

  • Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (not lower than No. 10)

  • Own tiebreaks against: Cavaliers, Magic, Bulls, Hawks

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8. Philadelphia 76ers (40-35)

9. Chicago Bulls (36-40)

Riveted playground

10. Atlanta Hawks (35-40)

Tuesday’s games are important (all times East)

Bucks at Wizards (7 p.m.)

Thunder at 76ers (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Knicks at Heat (7:30 p.m.)

Cavaliers on Jazz (9 p.m.)

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