With a win against the Nets on Monday in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a little bit of help from the Orlando Magic, the Milwaukee Bucks can clinch home court throughout the playoffs.
Milwaukee is three games up on the Toronto Raptors with five games remaining. The Raptors and Magic tangle at the same time the Bucks and Nets will be squaring off.
For all intents and purposes, every game left for the Nets is like a playoff game.
"We know that all these games coming up are playoff games," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said after beating Boston on Saturday night. "It's just how we have to look at it. We're in it. We can't shy away from it. They're all playoff games, but it was important to get this one."
The Nets sit in the seventh spot, a half a game behind Detroit for the sixth spot and one half a game ahead of Miami in the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Magic lurk just a half game behind in ninth.
"I (said) at the end of the Philly game, every game is going to be worth it," the Nets' D'Angelo Russell said. "We need it -- scratching and clawing for every one of them." >> Read more
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