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PER Diem: April 10, 2009

Using the Playoff Odds to determine the most likely first- and second-round matchups

Updated: April 10, 2009, 4:28 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

So … who's playing whom in the playoffs?

It's a bit tricky figuring it out, but that's where the Playoff Odds can really help us. Instead of looking at all the tiebreaker scenarios and remaining schedules and trying to eyeball it, today I'm going to employ the computer's help in deducing the playoff pairings. For each team, we can come up with likely opponents in the first two rounds of the postseason, something that isn't necessarily clear just by looking at the standings this ...

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