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If the NBA playoffs began today . . .

Eastern Conference (in bracketed order)

1. Indiana Pacers (36-14) vs. 8. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-23)

4. Charlotte Hornets (30-20) vs. 5. New Jersey Nets (30-21)

2. Miami Heat (33-18) vs. 7. New York Knicks (28-21)

3. Chicago Bulls (38-15) vs. 6. Atlanta Hawks (30-22)

Western Conference (in bracketed order)

1. Seattle SuperSonics (39-12) vs. 8. Houston Rockets (25-25)

4. San Antonio Spurs (34-16) vs. 5. Phoenix Suns (33-16)

2. UTAH JAZZ (34-15) vs. 7. Minnesota Timberwolves (28-21)

3. Los Angeles Lakers (35-14) vs. 6. Portland Trail Blazers (30-20)

NOTE: Teams are seeded according to winning percentage with division leaders filling the first and second slots in each conference. Identical records are separated by the NBA's tie-breaking formula.