And you get to play Detroit

Updated: January 16, 2006, 12:49 PM ET
By Greg Anthony
ESPN Insider

The Eastern Conference as a whole has gotten better over the last few years, from top and bottom. Looking ahead to the third week of April, the regular season finish is shaping up with Detroit and Miami as the clear-cut 1-2 seeds. After that, everything else is up for grabs in the conference's eight-team playoff order.

After the Pistons, Heat, Nets, Cavaliers, Pacers and Bucks, the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference standings, the 7 and 8, are a free-for-all. Even the team with ...

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