The Pacers took two overtimes and a masterful game from George Hill, but in the end, they beat the Wizards to go one game up on the Nets, with one game to go for each.
It's really quite simple now. The Nets must beat the Magic at Barclays Center in the last game of the season. It starts at 8 p.m. If they win, then they must wait for the outcome of the Pacers - Grizzlies contest, in Memphis. That game starts an hour and a half later. If Brooklyn loses to Orlando, the Nets are out of it, no matter what the Pacers do.
There is a bit of an irony here: the Nets are now dependent on Memphis, Lionel Hollins' old team, and his old assistant, now Grizz head coach Dave Joerger, to salvage their season. The Grizzlies have something to play for. They're one game behind the Rockets in the race for fourth seed. If the Grizzlies beat the Pacers and the Rockets lose to the Jazz, the two teams will have identical 55-27 records.
The Grizzlies hold the tiebreaker. The two teams split the season series. But the Rockets can no longer finish with a better division or conference record than the Grizzlies, and Memphis' record against West playoff teams (regardless of whether OKC or New Orleans make it) is guaranteed to be better. So a win for Memphis means a higher seed and homecourt advantage.
The Pacers of course have to fly to Memphis Tuesday night. They could be tired ... or high on adrenaline.
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- Hollinger's 2014-15 NBA Playoff Odds - ESPN
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