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NBA: Playoffs slots disappearing fast as regular season draws to a close

Published on Apr 8, 2014 11:53 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Time is quickly running out for the few teams desperately trying to extend their NBA seasons after the Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats all punched their playoff tickets over the weekend.

Three teams still have a mathematical chance at securing the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference but it is essentially a two-horse race between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.

In the Western Conference, four teams are battling down the stretch for the final three of eight playoff spots with nine days left in the regular season.

Charlotte's overtime victory over Cleveland on Saturday gave them their second Eastern Conference playoff berth in the team's 10-year history, and first since 2010.

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