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Best and Worst Case Scenarios for East Playoff Teams

Going to do a two part series with this topic breaking it down into East and West. Looking at each current playoff team since the playoff picture is becoming clearer, and seeing where they could go. The Pacers are right in the middle of the Eastern Conference, so there are a couple of ways to go, and we’ll break it down in this post.

Chicago Bulls 36-9
Best Case: Win out the Eastern Conference, make a run to the Conference Finals, and get into the NBA Finals.

Worst Case: Get defeated in the first round of the playoffs.

Miami Heat 31-11
Best Case: Same situation as the Bulls, except for this Heat team, it’s win the NBA Finals or bust.

Worst Case: First round exit or any exit in the playoffs with Lebron James being a non factor.

Orlando Magic 28-16
Best Case: Make a push for the top spot, and make it to the Conference Finals.

Worst Case: Go on a losing streak to fall in one of the lower seeds for the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia 76ers 25-18
Best Case: Win the division, and win first round and possibly second round playoff series.

Worst Case: Fall down the stretch to lose the division, but still make the playoffs as an 7th or 8th seed.

Indiana Pacers 25-16
Best Case: Make a push for third place in the East and win a home playoff series in the first round.

Worst Case: Falter down the stretch and possibly miss the playoffs if other teams get hot.

Atlanta Hawks 24-19
Best Case: Upset a team in the first round of the playoffs and move on to the second round.

Worst Case: Miss out on the playoffs by not winning out.

Boston Celtics 23-19
Best Case: Win the division title, and host a playoff opening round series.

Worst Case: Miss out of the playoffs all together.

Milwaukee Bucks 19-24
Best Case: Hold on to the 8th spot and possibly move up to 7th or 6th.

Worst Case: Fall down the stretch and miss the playoffs.

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