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NBA playoff picture: How the East play-in tournament looks on Monday, March 13

Here’s how the Eastern Conference play-in tournament is shaping up.

New York Knicks v Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat posts up against Josh Hart of the New York Knicks during the first half at Miami-Dade Arena on March 03, 2023 in Miami, Florida.
Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

There isn’t too much drama surrounding the play-in tournament picture in the Eastern Conference but there are several teams who are hoping to make one last push to avoid the possibility of having to go through the bracket. There’s also some drama at the bottom of the bracket, where one team is trying to tank out while three others are trying to maintain their grasp on a spot amid what is a lost season in each franchise’s mind.

Below we take a look at the Eastern Conference play-in picture.

Eastern Conference Play-In Picture

5. Brooklyn Nets
6. New York Knicks

Play-in tournament

7. Miami Heat (3.5 games back of No. 6 seed)
8. Atlanta Hawks (5 GB)
9. Toronto Raptors (7 GB)
10. Chicago Bulls (7.5 GB)

On the outside looking in

11. Indiana Pacers (8 games back of No. 6 seed)
12. Washington Wizards (8 GB)

Key Games This Week

Heat vs. Bulls - 3/18