The 2013-14 NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and all 30 teams will be in action on the final night of the 82-game campaign. For 14 squads, it'll offer an opportunity to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehn and goodbye — until the draft lottery, at least. For the 16 teams that'll enter postseason play this weekend, it offers one more potential pitfall, one last night to survive without incident or injury before loading up for the long, arduous journey to hoisting the O'Brien trophy come late June.
That journey will begin with opening-round quarterfinal matchups, a number of which have yet to be officially determined and will be locked in on the final night of the season. Here's a quick refresher on what's up for grabs and left to play for as we head into the 15-game Wednesday that will set the table for the playoffs.
What we already know for sure
• The Miami Heat will be the No. 2 seed.
• ... That's it.
• The No. 1 San Antonio Spurs will have home-court advantage in every series they enter, by virtue of having the best regular-season record in the league.
• The Golden State Warriors will be the No. 6 seed.
• ... That's it.
What's at stake on Wednesday
• The Toronto Raptors can secure the No. 3 seed by beating the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Even if they lose, they can still finish third if the Chicago Bulls lose their road game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
• If the Raptors lose the Knicks and the Bulls beat the Bobcats, Chicago finishes third and Toronto finishes fourth. If both teams win or both teams lose, the Raptors end up in the No. 3 spot by virtue of winning the Atlantic Division, pushing the Bulls down to the No. 4 seed.
• If the Nets win, the best Washington can do is No. 6, which they can secure by beating the Celtics.
• If Boston beats the Wizards, the Bobcats can rise up to No. 6 by beating the Bulls.
• If Washington wins or Charlotte loses to Chicago, the Bobcats are locked into the No. 7 spot and a first-round meeting with the Heat.
• The Oklahoma City Thunder can secure the No. 2 seed in the West by beating the Detroit Pistons at home. That would lock the Los Angeles Clippers into the No. 3 slot and a first-round matchup with Golden State.
• If the Thunder lose, the Clips — who will be without All-Star power forward Blake Griffin and starting shooting guard J.J. Redick for their season finale — can leapfrog OKC into second place by beating the Blazers at Moda Center.
• Whichever team loses will be the No. 8 seed, and will travel to San Antonio to begin the playoffs.
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