The race for the last playoff spot is down to just two teams. The Detroit Pistons and the Charlotte Hornets will need all 82 games to decide which team will make it to the postseason.
A home victory for the Pistons over the Grizzlies on Tuesday meant that the Miami Heat were out of the race for the eighth and final spot. The win was huge for the Pistons, as it put them in solid position to make the playoffs. Detroit has a one game lead over the Hornets in the standings, and have the luxury of controlling their destiny. All the Pistons have to do is get a win in their final game of the season, and they will have punched their ticket to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. It won’t be easy for the Pistons, as they have struggled as of late, going 3-7 in their last 10 games. Detroit closes their season with a trip to Madison Square Garden, where they will take on the the team with the worst record in the NBA this season, the New York Knicks.
As for the Hornets, they will be rooting for New York to get the win. If the Pistons are able to get the win against New York, then the Hornets have no shot at getting into the playoffs; But if Detroit slips up against the Knicks, the door opens for Charlotte to sneak into the playoffs. The Hornets have the luxury of playing at home in their last game, and will host the Orlando Magic in a must-win matchup. The Hornets have come to life late this season, and are riding a four game winning streak. With some help from the Knicks on Wednesday night, Charlotte could ride this momentum straight into the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Both the Hornets and the Pistons will play their pivotal final regular season games on Wednesday night. Follow Americabet.com for more in-depth coverage of this year’s NBA postseason.