Jockeying for position: Sealing seventh
Looking in the opposite direction, the Celtics are 2.5 games back of sixth-seeded Atlanta and still have the potential to climb, but with Boston ready to rest veteran bodies over the final games of the season, it's unlikely the team will shuffle up.
The New YorK Knicks saw their 13-game winning streak snapped Thursday night in Chicago, but a Boston-New York matchup remains the most likely scenario for the 2-7 matchup in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks hold a two-game edge over the Pacers. Boston might be able to help determine its own first-round opponent when Indiana visits TD Garden on Tuesday.
A look at John Hollinger's projected playoff odds, which predict the East will maintain order:
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