Who clinched playoff spot

Eastern Conference

Miami - The Miami Heat have clinched the Southwest Division and sit in the No. 1 slot in the Eastern Conference. 

Indiana - Because of their struggles since the All-Star break, the Pacers no longer hold the No. 1 spot in the East. They have picked up the Central Division. 

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Toronto - Expected to be a lottery team prior to the season, the Raptors have outpaced all expectations. They are now engaged in a battle for the No. 3 and figure to win the Atlantic Division, which would serve as a tie breaker. 

Chicago - Joakim Noah has spearheaded the Bulls' postseason efforts in Derrick Rose's absence. Even after trading Luol Deng, the Bulls could still land in No. 3 in the East. 

Brooklyn - The Nets have been one of the NBA's best teams since January. Both New York teams got off to a slow start, but the Nets were able to pull it together. 

Washington - The Wizards were expected to slide into the playoffs if John Wall took a step forward. He kept up his end of the bargain and now his team has clinched a playoff spot. 

Charlotte - Not too far removed from posting the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Bobcats have now clinched a playoff spot and remain engaged in a fight for the No. 6 spot.

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Western Conference

San Antonio - The best team that doesn't get recognized, the Spurs recently ended an 18-game win streak. With the Southwest locked up, they have reached the point where Gregg Popovich will begin to rest stars for the playoffs.

Oklahoma City - Kevin Durant recently surpassed Michael Jordan's record of 40 consecutive games with 25 points or more. He has stepped up his effort with Russell Westbrook in and out of the lineup for knee injuries. The Thunder have won the Northwest on the back of Durant.

LA Clippers - Fighting through injuries to Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, the Clippers have won their second Pacific Division title in team history. Blake Griffin's exemplary season has made that possible. 

Houston - Dwight Howard and James Harden have led the Rockets to a playoff spot. As is often observed in the Western Conference, there are at least five teams who could contend, but the health of Patrick Beverley will factor into the Rockets' future.  

Portland - With LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers will have a shot in a first-round series against the Rockets or Clippers. They have secured a playoff spot and are likely to stay at No. 5.

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Still on the brink

Eastern Conference

Atlanta - The Hawks almost fell out of the playoffs with seven losses in eight games, but they have picked up two crucial wins over the Cavaliers and Pac


New York - The Knicks' chances keep taking hits, and they took more over the weekend with losses to the Heat on Sunday and Wizards on Friday.  

Cleveland - The Cavaliers are not technically eliminated from the NBA playoffs, but common sense says they won't make it into the postseason.  

Western Conference

Golden State - The Warriors might be one of the more dysfunctional 50-win teams around. The Warriors will enter the playoffs down two assistant coaches.

Dallas - Dirk Nowitzki has played inspired basketball and pushed the Mavericks into a favorable position with the help of Monta Ellis. 

Phoenix - Winners of eight out of their last 10 games, the Suns have thrust themselves into the No. 8 spot. They knocked off four playoff teams in that run. 

Memphis - The Grizzlies have been referred to as the team no one wants to face, but that might not be an issue. They sit in the No. 9 slot after the Suns' recent surge.