Detroit Pistons: 3 reasons to be excited about this team

Ish Smith saved the day for the Pistons leading the comeback vs. Memphis

If the Hornets win and the Pistons lose, then they'll lock up a playoff spot. The Hornets own the tie-breaker vs. the Pistons based on winning the season series 4-0.

As Playoff Status shows, Charlotte can't finish higher than No. 8, so a loss for the Magic would only hurt their seeding if Detroit wins as well.

Thunder 127, Bucks 116: Regular season comes to an end, but Pistons, playoffs are on deck: Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recapped the Bucks' losing effort to the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night in their final game of the regular season.

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.

Milwaukee Bucks: 3 things to watch for as Oklahoma City Thunder visit: Before last night's game, Adam McGee previewed the Bucks' meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder for their final game of the regular season.

After jumping out to an early lead and never looking back, the Pistons clinched the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday.

National Basketball Association teams have a few days off to recuperate and plan for the playoffs before the first ties begin on Saturday, April 13.

Pistons: Blake Griffin, who hurt his left knee against Memphis on Tuesday, did not play.

Walker's superb display was backed with 22 points from Jeremy Lamb and 18 points from Miles Bridges.

Brooklyn will face the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs.

The Magic however ran out 122-114 winners with Terrence Ross scoring 35 points from the bench in 29 minutes. He scored four points on 2-for-8 shooting and pulled down four rebounds (two offensive).

The Mavericks, who finished outside the playoff places, were beaten 105-94 by the Spurs, the seventh seeds from the Western Conference.

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