2018 NBA playoff race – What's at stake and what to watch – ESPN.com – ESPN

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After Monday night, only two days remain in the NBA regular season.

Which games mattered the most on Monday night, and what were the results? We break it down after an eventful evening.

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The Thunder outscore the Heat 39-12 in the 4th quarter to come away with the win in Miami.

BPI favorite: Heat (51.9 percent)

What happened: Despite trailing 23-5 in the first quarter, the Thunder secured a playoff spot with a win.

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LeBron James drops 26 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds while Kevin Love scores a game-high 28 points as the Cavaliers beat the Knicks 123-109.

BPI favorite: Cavs (59.3 percent)

What happened: The Cavaliers clinched the Central division title. If the Cavs want to scoot up into the No. 3 seed over the Philadelphia 76ers — setting up a potential second-round matchup with an injured Celtics squad — they will to beat the Knicks again Wednesday and get help from Philadelphia’s remaining opponents, Atlanta and Milwaukee.

Injuries — the absences and the recoveries — have played a role in almost every team’s postseason case. Here’s a look at how every contending team is dealing with them.

Which teams will land the best prospects in the 2018 NBA draft? Jonathan Givony breaks down the new picks in both rounds.

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BPI favorite: Bucks (77.3 percent)

What happened: The Bucks are in the postseason, but their seed is still a total wild card. Eric Bledsoe had a 20-point triple double against the Magic, and the win gets them closer to No. 6 before facing the 76ers on Wednesday.

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