After a contentious season riddled with injuries and COVID-19 mandates, the Brooklyn Nets clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference. After securing the 7th seed, the Nets host the Cleveland Cavaliers for the right to play the 2nd seed Boston Celtics.
The Nets vs. Cavaliers game loser takes on the winner of the Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets game on Friday night in a win-or-go home game, with the winner of that game going into the playoffs against the No. 8 and starting next weekend compete against the Miami Heat.
The Nets ended the season by winning four straight games to avoid playing the play-in tournament on the road. With a win Tuesday, the Nets begin their quest for the first seventh-place finisher to reach the NBA Finals. With a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Eastern Conference top seedlings aren’t feeling safe with their seeding.