With one night left in the NBA regular season, much remains to be settled.
None of the playoff teams knows its first-round opponent. And the Eastern Conference still has three teams -- Toronto, Milwaukee and Indiana -- fighting for the final two spots.
"It's amazing," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You play 81 games and it comes down to the 82nd game. We have our opportunity tomorrow night and we need to be ready."
With 11 games, Tuesday was one of the busiest nights of the NBA season. But Wednesday will be even busier.
Of the 14 games on the schedule -- only Washington has completed all 82 games -- 11 will have playoff implications. Of the remaining three, two involve teams that have already locked up their postseason positions. And just one -- Clippers at Warriors -- can be justifiably labeled a dud.
On Tuesday, the Pacers kept their hopes alive by holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95. Milwaukee defeated Toronto 105-89, forging a three-way tie for seventh place in the East.
All three teams have pivotal games Wednesday: Indiana at home for Philadelphia; Toronto home for Cleveland; Milwaukee at Detroit.
If all three playoff contenders win, the Pacers will miss the postseason by virtue of losing tiebreakers to both the Bucks and Raptors.
"They both win and we lose, we're out," said Milwaukee coach George Karl, whose team hasn't won on the road since March 3. "And they're both playing on their home court and we're going to be on the road."
In the West, the second through fourth and seventh and eighth seedings will be determined Wednesday night. San Antonio can lock up the Midwest Division title and No. 2 seed with a win, but the Spurs will need to defeat a Utah Jazz team that will be trying to beat out Seattle for the seventh seed.
If Dallas wins at Phoenix and the Spurs lose, the Mavericks will win the division.
"I grew up a Jazz fan and it took me a long time to get that out of my head," Dallas center Shawn Bradley said. "Now I'm a Jazz fan again."
Tuesday's other scores were: San Antonio 95, Phoenix 71; Dallas 96, Utah 87; Sacramento 120, Golden State 106; Charlotte 88, Miami 81; Detroit 103, New Jersey 98; Orlando 102, Atlanta 95; Washington 116, New York 112; Denver 101, Houston 70; and the Los Angeles Clippers 92, Memphis 84.
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