The last days of the regular season are for resting up, setting rotations and preparing scouting reports for future first-round opponents, right? Not if resting players could cost you home-court advantage -- an important factor considering teams with that edge have won 74.5 percent of playoff series since the 16-team format began in 1984 -- and the only thing you know about your first-round opponent is that you, well, have one.
With the playoffs less than a week away, much is still at stake. Let's examine all the possibilities, starting with the Eastern Conference (listed in order of current seeding; all records are through Monday).
All eyes in Cleveland, though, will be on the fight for the No. 8 seed. The Cavs split four games with the Bulls (including last week's