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Playoff positioning battles

PER Diem: April 9, 2010

Updated: April 10, 2010, 12:44 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Only six shopping days left before the playoffs start, and yet we still have about a zillion different possibilities for how the matchups could play out. Our Playoff Odds spit out the most likely combination, but that's just one of the abundant possibilities left on the table. So, let's investigate further with a look at all the key races and the permutations that realistically might result.

Before we begin, it's probably advisable to do a quick refresher on tiebreakers. Remember, the first tiebreak this season is whether a team is a division champion or not; that trumps anything else. The second is head-to-head record. After that, it's either division record (for teams in the same division) or conference record (for teams in the same conference).

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