Race For The Playoffs In The East And West

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Oct 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; The Larry O’Brien Trophy is seen before a game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 120-107. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

So, here we are. Just more than a week remains of the 2013-14 regular season, and the playoffs are just around the corner. For a number of the teams the preparation and planning has begun, with their places assured in the postseason they’re now fighting for home court advantage, and favorable matchups. In other words, the 12 teams who have already clinched their playoff berths are dreaming and plotting their routes towards the Larry O’Brien Trophy. For six other teams, their playoff chances remain in the balance though.

In the East, the Atlanta Hawks, who have been stricken by injuries all season, are just about clinging on to the final playoff spot, ahead of the revitalized New York Knicks, who have charged up the standings in the past couple of months. Out West, things are as tight as could be though. In the sixth spot, the Golden State Warriors are a game and a half ahead of their nearest competition, and should make the cut bar an astonishing collapse. Behind them, places seven through nine are separated by only one and a half games, as the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies battle for the final spots in the playoffs.

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at those teams involved and what they need to do to make the cut.

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