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2021 NBA playoffs: Everything at stake on the last day of the regular season

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Nick Friedell

Settling the play-in seeds in the East

Pacers at Raptors, 1 p.m. ET

While the Indiana Pacers can no longer finish in eighth place in the Eastern Conference after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday afternoon, a win against the tanking Toronto Raptors on Sunday will ensure that Indiana hosts the 9-10 game in the NBA’s inaugural play-in tournament on Tuesday night. The winner will become the eighth seed, and the loser will likely become locked into the 10th seed, assuming a Pacers victory over the Raptors. The outcome of that game not only impacts the Nets’ playoff seeding – if the Bucks lose on Saturday, it secures the No. 2 seed for Brooklyn – but it has an effect on whom Steve Nash might elect to hold out of Sunday’s contest with the Cavaliers. A win over the Timberwolves will clinch the fifth seed for the Mavs, but the Clippers will be the fourth seed if they manage to lose to the Thunder or if the Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers.

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