NBA playoff standings: Pacers, Bulls in critical seeding situations Sunday

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The Pacers and Bulls are trying to avoid losing seeding position as the regular season winds down.

The Indiana Pacers (49-30) travel to face the New York Knicks (52-27) at 3 p.m. Sunday, needing a win to keep alive their slim hopes of tying the Knicks for second place in the Eastern Conference. A win would give the Pacers a 3-1 advantage in the season series and a tie-breaker over the Knicks, but the Pacers would have to win their final three and have the Knicks lose their final three to finish in a tie.

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More importantly for Indiana, the Pacers are trying to hold off the surging Brooklyn Nets for third place in the East. Brooklyn trails Indiana by just two games and has won four straight.

The Chicago Bulls are also in a competitive race for seeding position as they play on the road against the Miami Heat at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Bulls trail the Atlanta Hawks by just a half game for fifth place in the East. The Bulls are also trying to avoid finishing in a tie with the Boston Celtics. Boston trails Chicago by 2.5 games. If the Celtics win their final two and Chicago loses its final three, they will finish tied.

Here are the complete Eastern Conference standings:

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L PCT GB HOME ROAD CONF DIV STREAK L10
1 z-Miami 63 16 0.797 - 35-4 28-12 38-11 14-1 W5 8-2
2 y-New York 52 27 0.658 11 29-10 23-17 35-14 10-6 W1 9-1
3 y-Indiana 49 30 0.620 14 30-10 19-20 31-18 13-3 L1 6-4
4 x-Brooklyn 47 32 0.595 16 24-15 23-17 34-15 11-4 W4 7-3
5 x-Atlanta 44 36 0.550 19½ 25-15 19-21 29-21 11-5 W2 5-5
6 x-Chicago 43 36 0.544 20 23-17 20-19 32-17 9-7 L1 5-5
7 x-Boston 41 39 0.512 22½ 27-13 14-26 27-23 7-8 W1 5-5
8 x-Milwaukee 37 43 0.462 26½ 21-19 16-24 24-28 7-9 L4 3-7
o-Philadelphia 32 47 0.405 31 22-18 10-29 20-29 7-9 W1 5-5
o-Toronto 31 48 0.392 32 19-20 12-28 19-30 3-11 W2 5-5
o-Washington 29 51 0.362 34½ 22-19 7-32 15-35 5-11 L4 3-7
o-Detroit 28 52 0.350 35½ 17-23 11-29 24-26 8-8 W3 5-5
o-Cleveland 24 55 0.304 39 14-26 10-29 18-31 3-13 L3 2-8
o-Orlando 20 60 0.250 43½ 12-28 8-32 10-40 3-12 L1 2-8
o-Charlotte 19 61 0.238 44½ 13-26 6-35 16-34 6-10 W1 3-7

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