What to know about final day of NBA schedule as 2017 playoffs near

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The final day of the NBA regular season will have a big impact on the playoffs and the NBA Draft.

What to know about final day of NBA schedule as 2017 playoffs near

The final day of the NBA regular season will have a big impact on the playoffs and the NBA Draft.

After several months, the NBA's regular season is set to conclude Wednesday night, but there's still a lot left to be determined. There are playoff spots on the line, draft orders to be set and teams just wanting to end on a good note.

Nearly every team in the league will play Wednesday night, with just the Suns and Hornets going home early. While not every game has major importance, there are plenty of matchups that will make an impact on something in the near future.

Here's what you need to know about the final night of action before the 2017 NBA playoffs start.

Pacers, Bulls, Heat fight for playoffs

The Pacers, Bulls and Heat are the only teams remaining that have a shot at the playoffs, but haven't clinched. For the Pacers and Bulls, all they have to do is win and they're in. If the Heat lose, they are automatically eliminated. The only way Miami can make the playoffs is if it wins and Indiana or Chicago loses.

Here's the schedule for each team: Hawk at Pacers , Nets at Bulls , Wizards at Heat . There's a good chance all three teams win as their opponents have nothing to fight for, and will likely rest their starters (we already know Brooklyn is sitting six players). If that's the case, the Pacers and Bulls make the postseason.

Cavs, Celtics duel for top of Eastern Conference

The Celtics currently hold a one-game advantage over the Cavs for the top seed in the East. The only way Cleveland can earn that No. 1 spot back is with a win and a Boston loss. Any other scenario will give the Celtics home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

We know LeBron James will be sitting for the regular-season finale, and there's a chance Kyrie Irving doesn't play as well. It seems the Cavs are content with playing as the No. 2 seed, which Tyronn Lue pretty much confirmed on Monday.

As for the Celtics, they will play a Bucks team that had four keyplayers not make the trip:Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Khris Middleton and Tony Snell.

Clippers, Jazz go afterplayoff seeding

Aside from the top spot in the East, and the final two spots in the East, only one other playoff seed is up for grabs. The fourth seed in the Western Conference can go to either the Clippers or Jazz as they are currently tied at 50-31.

Los Angeles currently holds a tiebreaker over Utah, so the only scenario in which the Jazz take the No. 4 seed is with a win and an L.A. loss. The Jazz will play the Spurs while the Clippers face the Kings.

NBA Draft lottery odds

Some of the drama of the regular-season finale was removed Tuesday night after the Suns' loss and the Lakers' win. Los Angeles won its fifth consecutive game, which means the Lakers have solidifiedthe third spot in the lottery standings. The Suns get second.

This is important because if the lottery gives Los Angeles anything below the third pick then the selection goes to the 76ers. There's now a53.1 percent chance of this happening, according to ESPN .

Even though the top three picks are out of the picture, there are still other lottery standings to be affected Wednesday. The Sixers and Magic are tied for the league's fourth-worst record (28-53) and the Knicks and Timberwolves could tie for the sixth-worst (31-51). In seventh, the Kings and Mavs are currently tied as well (32-49).

NBA schedule

Here's the full schedule of games for the NBA's final day of the regular season:





Oklahoma City

8:00 PM



8:00 PM


New York

8:00 PM



8:00 PM



8:00 PM



8:00 PM



8:00 PM



8:00 PM



8:00 PM



8:00 PM

San Antonio


9:00 PM

L.A. Lakers

Golden St.

10:30 PM

New Orleans


10:30 PM


L.A. Clippers

10:30 PM

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