Nets rising; Pacers, Sixers slipping in East
- Deja vu.
A big deadline trade catapulted one team into contention, while a slew of injuries and chemistry issues pushed several promising contenders out of the playoff picture.
One year later, very little has changed.
The Heat are 19-4 since Feb. 1. The Pistons aren't far behind at 16-6. On Tuesday, the Heat's 12-game winning streak was snapped at Houston, while the Pistons' five-game run ended at Cleveland.
Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge pulled a Joe Dumars at the trade deadline, trading away expiring contracts and a first-round pick for a talented but maligned veteran, Antoine Walker, who has catapulted them into contention in the East.
Who will make the playoffs? Who will be playing the lottery?
Insider took a look at the schedules and recent trends, and based on the evidence we project how things might fall out in the East.
Here's how we break it down:
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