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Eastern Conference playoff races

The Eastern Conference is, uh, not so great this season. So it's only appropriate that the two biggest races -- for the first and last playoff spots -- don't exactly feature scintillating play. This all came into focus Sunday, when the first-place Miami Heat beat, but not terribly convincingly, the struggling, ninth-place New York Knicks. Not to be outdone, the Indiana Pacers were outscored 55-23 in the first half ... at home ... in a 107-88 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks. Yikes. What's your take on the East going forward?

  • Which team will earn the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed?

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  • How will the Pacers fare in the playoffs?

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  • How will the Heat fare in the playoffs?

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  • Which of these teams has the best chance of reaching the Eastern Conference finals?

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  • Which team will make the playoffs?

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  • Will the Eastern Conference champion win the NBA title?

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Will Knicks make the playoffs?

Long considered a lock to miss the playoffs, the New York Knicks are tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference after their 110-81 hammering of the crosstown-rival Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. The postseason is no given, though; the Hollinger playoff odds say they've got only a 14.2 percent chance of getting in (their schedule is much harder than that of fellow eighth-placer Atlanta, and the Hawks also currently own the tiebreaker). Will Phil Jackson's new crew pull it off? What would that mean for its future?

  • Which team will make the playoffs?

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  • Would a Knicks-Heat playoff series be entertaining?

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  • Will Mike Woodson coach the Knicks next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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Phil Jackson to the Knicks

Phil Jackson has been officially introduced as Knicks president, saying that he takes the job of bringing a title to New York seriously. Jackson's hiring has made waves around the NBA. Carmelo Anthony says he's willing to reassess the way he plays if Jackson wants him to; Jackson himself said there's "no doubt" Anthony is part of the Knicks' future. Michael Jordan, meanwhile, believes Jackson can turn the long-sputtering franchise around. For fans of a team that hasn't won a championship in more than 40 years, getting the best NBA coach of all time is cause for celebration. But will it result in more rejoicing?

  • Will the Knicks ever win a championship with Phil Jackson as their president of basketball operations?

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  • How many years will it take for Phil Jackson to build the Knicks into a title contender?

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  • Which team will have a better record two seasons from now?

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  • What chance do you give Phil Jackson of ever coaching the Knicks?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for next season?

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  • Do you believe Carmelo Anthony when he says he would be willing to change his playing style if that's what Phil Jackson wanted?

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Are Knicks playoff-bound?

Perhaps that 62-point outburst for Carmelo Anthony was a catalyst after all. Including the New York Knicks star's Madison Square Garden-record night, the team has won four straight games -- three of them by at least 26 points. The latest: A 117-86 thumping of the supposed-playoff-spot-rival Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks hardly have an inspiring record; they're still 19-27 heading into Saturday's home game against the Miami Heat. Still, they're just a half game out of the last Eastern Conference playoff spot ...

What do you make of the Knicks' four-game winning streak?

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  • Should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony?

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  • Will the Knicks (19-27, 0.5 GB of 8th in East) make the playoffs?

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Where will Melo go?

Carmelo Anthony could become a free agent after the 2013-14 season, and leaving the New York Knicks -- who are a mere 17-27, even after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday -- might not seem like a bad plan. But will it happen? Kobe Bryant on Sunday said he isn't going to actively recruit the man who broke his Madison Square Garden scoring record with 62 points on Friday night. And Anthony's wife, La La, said Melo "definitely" will stay with the Knicks. What do you think will happen?

Where will Carmelo Anthony be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Should Kobe Bryant actively recruit Carmelo Anthony if Melo becomes a free agent after this season?

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  • How much does La La Anthony's insistence that Carmelo Anthony will "definitely" stay with the Knicks change your opinion of his potential free agency?

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  • Which will be the biggest factor in Carmelo Anthony's pending free-agency decision?

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  • Would you want your favorite team to sign Carmelo Anthony if he becomes a free agent this offseason?

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  • How would the Lakers fare in 2014-15 with Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and a top-10 draft pick?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever win an NBA championship?

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