Here’s everything at stake on the NBA season’s final night

We have that and more in Wednesday’s NBA newsletter.

There’s one night left in the 2016-17 NBA regular season. Twenty-eight teams will be in action. (Happy trails to the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets, whose seasons are mercifully over already.) Here’s what’s at stake.

The final playoff spots in the East. The Pacers and Bulls can clinch their playoff bids with wins. The Heat need to beat Washington and have one of those two teams lose. All three games tip off at 8 p.m. ET, with Hawks-Pacers on ESPN. The two teams that get in will fill the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds in the East in some order.

The No. 1 seed in the East. The Celtics can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win over the Bucks (8 p.m. ET, League Pass). Milwaukee is reportedly resting several starters. If Boston loses and Cleveland beats the Raptors (8 p.m. ET, League Pass, everything is starting at 8!), the Cavaliers will be the No. 1 seed and Boston will be No. 2.

Home court advantage in the West’s No. 4-5 series. The Clippers and Jazz know they will meet each other in the first round as the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds. But home court is still to be determined. L.A. can clinch it with a win over the Kings (10:30 p.m. ET, League Pass). The Jazz need both a win over the Spurs (9 p.m. ET, League Pass) and a Clippers loss.

NBA Draft lottery order. Several areas of the cellar standings are a mess and what happens Wednesday will determine what tiebreakers are needed and who will have a better likelihood of marginally better picks in June. The teams involved in the various lottery intrigues are the Magic and Sixers (for the fourth worst record), the Knicks, Wolves, Kings, Mavericks and Pelicans (for the Nos. 6-10 worst records), the Hornets and Pistons (for the 11th worst record) and the Nuggets and the team that misses out on the East playoffs for the 13th worst record. I suspect we’re going to have only minor clarity by the end of Wednesday and that coin flips will be required.

Scores Galore …

CHA 76, ATL 103
OKC 100, MIN 98
DEN 109, DAL 91
NOP 96, LAL 108
PHX 104, SAC 129

… And Plenty More

Paul Flannery and I agree that the season was somewhat predictable, but also magical thanks to a few outrageous individual seasons and a victory for sweet, sweet offense.

Westbrook time! Nathaniel Friedman’s piece on Russell Westbrook’s season might be the defining piece on the player. How the Thunder dealt with Kevin Durant’s exit and rebuilt quickly around Westbrook, by Lee Jenkins. Amazing color in this story. All of Westbrook’s incredible comebacks in one post. And here’s Ben Cohen on how the Thunder came to decide to pick Westbrook in 2008.

The Timberwolves will have a new logo next season! Zach Lowe goes deep with the designer.

Lars Anderson on a Sudanese-American basketball powerhouse in Omaha.

Big magazine piece from Ramona Shelburne on Jeanie Buss’s Lakers takeover.

Tony Romo had the best day ever as a Dallas Maverick. Look at him smiling during the game!

Brook Lopez is the Nets’ all-time leading scorer. How weird is that?!

The Kings hadn’t been issued a technical foul since DeMarcus Cousins had been traded until Tuesday, a 25-game streak.

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