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If the NBA playoffs began today . . .

Eastern Conference (in bracketed order)

1. Indiana Pacers (32-12) vs. 8. New Jersey Nets (26-20)

4. Atlanta Hawks (28-18) vs. 5. Charlotte Hornets (27-18)

2. Miami Heat (27-17) vs. 7. New York Knicks (25-19)

3. Chicago Bulls (33-14) vs. 6. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-18)

Western Conference (in bracketed order)

1. Seattle SuperSonics (36-10) vs. 8. Houston Rockets (21-23)

4. UTAH JAZZ (30-14) vs. 5. Phoenix Suns (29-14)

2. San Antonio Spurs (33-14) vs. 7. Portland Trail Blazers (25-19)

3. Los Angeles Lakers (33-11) vs. 6. Minnesota T-Wolves (25-16)

NOTE: Division leaders are seeded first and second in each conference with the next six playoff slots awarded by winning percentage. The NBA tiebreaking procedure was used to separate teams with identical records.