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Monday, Apr. 14

Two up with two to play. Any Hawks win or Pacers loss seals the deal for Atlanta, setting up a first round match-up with the Boston Celtics.

The Hawks can clinch on their own with a win tomorrow night at Philips, but it's entirely possible it won't come to that.

Tonight: Indiana at Washington
Desired Outcome: Wizards in a walk.
Probable Outcome: The Pacers blew a golden opportunity to close the gap with the Hawks with their home loss to the Bobcats on Saturday, and now face a must-win game tonight in Washington or it's all over. The Wizards are rolling with the return of All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas, but they may be without another All-Star as Caron Butler missed Saturday's game against the Sixers with a bruised knee. With their playoff bid all wrapped up, I imagine they won't take any chances with him tonight, which gives Indiana a sliver of hope. Though the game is in Washington, I'll say the more desperate team wins tonight. Indy wins tonight, and the Hawks clinch tomorrow night with a home win over Orlando.

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