Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Pistons clinch final playoff spot, Wade and Nowitzki farewell National Basketball Association

Pistons clinch final playoff spot, Wade and Nowitzki farewell National Basketball Association

The Pistons needed to either win or have the Charlotte Hornets lose to the Orlando Magic to clinch the playoff berth.

After the matchup was set in stone over the course of Wednesday night, it was announced the Bucks will start their first round series with the Pistons Sunday evening for a 6pm CT tilt at Fiserv Forum. They will face a resurgent Brooklyn Nets squad that won 42 games this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks walks to the sideline prior to the opening tip against the Boston Celtics of game three of round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs at the Bradley Center on April 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While no Western Conference team had to worry about dropping out of the playoff places on the final night of the regular season, there was still plenty of potential to move up or down in the seedings.

HORNETS 124, CAVALIERS 97: In Cleveland, Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Charlotte pulled away in the fourth quarter to keep its late-season playoff push going with a win over Cleveland.

Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore shot two of 10 from the field and was a minus-16 as his team fell to the Indiana Pacers 135-134.

Take a look below at the first round matchups you'll see when the postseason begins on Saturday, April 13.


The Magic secured the seventh seed, and they will face the second-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round.

Memphis rookie Yuta Watanabe, who spent most of the season with the National Basketball Association G League's Memphis Hustle, appeared in his 15th game and saw 19:10 of court time.

Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games against a team with a losing home record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Casey advances to the playoffs in his first season with Detroit. Reggie Jackson had 21 points and seven assists.

In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs beat Dallas in Dirk Nowitzki's final game.

Taurean Prince's 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining gave Atlanta the lead, but DeAndre Bembry's foul on Sumner's last-second 3-point attempt changed the game.

Prince and Trae Young each scored 23 points for Atlanta.

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