BOSTON — NBA games by and large are defined by what happens in the fourth quarter, which is where the league is right now when you look at the calendar.
Three-quarters of the season are in the book, but there’s plenty at stake throughout the association in the coming weeks.
While Milwaukee leads a handful of teams that are poised for a strong postseason surge, there is much work left to be done for a number of teams that are very much in the thick of a race towards one of the last playoff spots.
It’ll make for yet another down-to-the-wire finish for the last couple of remaining playoff spots, while sorting out the rest of the postseaon participants won’t be a breeze, either.
Potential tie-breakers make every conference matchup a must-win game because it could literally be the difference between beginning the playoffs at home versus on the road against one of the better teams in the conference.
Regardless of where your team stacks up, the final stretch of the NBA season will be a fun one, full of twists, turns and performances by talented players all doing their part to best position their teams for postseason success that will be fueled in part by how they perform in the coming weeks.
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