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A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with eight days remaining in the regular season:

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EAST UPDATE

The race for No. 1 got muddled, and the chase for No. 8 got more interesting.

Miami lost at home to Brooklyn the Nets went 4-0 against the Heat this season, and that doesn't include a 2-0 preseason mark against the reigning champs, either while Atlanta fell at home to Detroit.

So Tuesday night's big winners out of the East: Indiana and New York, neither of whom actually played.

The Pacers are now a half-game back of Miami in the race for No. 1, the Knicks moved within 1 games of the Hawks in the chase for No. 8.

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WEST UPDATE

San Antonio lost to Minnesota and Oklahoma City beat Sacramento, but all that probably only delays what still looks inevitable the Spurs still have an extremely firm grasp on the No. 1 seed out West and home-court advantage throughout the entirety of the playoffs.

Dallas moved closer to wrapping up a spot by topping Utah. Houston beat the Los Angeles Lakers 145-130, keeping the Rockets well on pace for the No. 4 seed and home-court in the first round.

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WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

Miami at Memphis: Grizzlies one game back of the No. 8 spot out West. Heat still without Dwyane Wade aren't exactly cruising right now.

Indiana at Milwaukee: Pacers could vault to No. 1 in East if Miami stumbles at Memphis. A loss to the Bucks would be disaster for reeling Indy.

Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Clippers: Two teams good enough to win it all, in a likely Western Conference semifinal preview.

Philadelphia at Toronto: Raptors and Bulls vying for third-best record in East.

Chicago at Minnesota: Wolves just handled Spurs with ease. Tom Thibodeau surely will ensure the Bulls noticed.

Charlotte at Washington: Game apart in East in race for No. 6, which would mean no Miami or Indiana in opening round.

Brooklyn at Orlando: If Nets want to open at home, this can't slip away.

Boston at Atlanta: A home-home back-to-back for Hawks. Lose this one, and Knicks will have serious hope.

Detroit at Cleveland: Cavs have to think they need to go 4-0 to have any shot.

Phoenix at New Orleans: Suns start day No. 8 in West, are 3-0 against Pelicans this season.

Houston at Denver: Rockets beat Nuggets on Sunday, could put stranglehold on No. 4 seed with win.

Sacramento at Portland: If the Blazers want a serious shot at the 4 seed, they can't stumble here.

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CURRENT BRACKET

First-round matchups if the season ended Tuesday...

East: Miami-Atlanta, Indiana-Charlotte, Toronto-Washington, Chicago-Brooklyn.

West: San Antonio-Phoenix, Oklahoma City-Dallas, Clippers-Golden State, Houston-Portland.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If we are going to try to win a championship this year, we know we're probably going to have to go through Miami." Paul Pierce, after Brooklyn finished its season sweep of the Heat.

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