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Pistons' magic number down to 3

Things are officially starting to get real.

On the heels of their 94-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons are one step closer to clinching their first playoff spot in six years, having whittled their magic number down to three, per NBA.com's Keith Langlois:

#Pistons magic number is now 3. Any comb of 3 wins or #Bulls losses, Pistons are in. Because of tiebreakers, it's same with Wizards.

— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) April 3, 2016

To clarify Langlois' Twitter-crafted shorthand, the Pistons are in the driver's seat. Any number of Pistons wins and Bulls losses adding up to three will clinch a spot in the postseason.

That said, it's still a logjam near the eight-spot, with four teams battling for two spots. Presently, the Bulls are two games out of the Eighth Spot and two and a half behind Detroit. The Washington Wizards are currently three games back of the eighth spot and 3.5 behind the Pistons.

Seed Team W L PCT. GB
7 Pistons 41 36 .532 13.5
8 Pacers 40 36 .526 14
9 Bulls 38 38 .500 16
10 Wizards 37 39 .487 17

For the sake of reference, here's a look at the remaining schedules for the Pistons, Bulls, and Wizards:

DETROIT

Date Opponent Op. Record Series
4-5 @Miami 44-32 2-0
4-6 @Orlando 32-44 2-0
4-8 Washington 3-39 0-3
4-12 Miami 44-32 2-0
4-13 @Cleveland 54-22 2-1

CHICAGO

Date Opponent Op. Record Series
4-3 @Bucks 32-44 2-1
4-5 @Memphis 41-35 1-0
4-7 @Miami 44-32 0-3
4-9 Cleveland 54-22 2-1
4-11 @New Orleans 28-47 1-0
4-13 Philadelphia 9-68 3-0

WASHINGTON

Date Opponent Op. Record Series
4-3 @Clippers 47-28 0-1
4-6 Brooklyn 21-55 1-0
4-8 @Detroit 41-36 3-0
4-10 Charlotte 44-31 1-2
4-11 @Brooklyn 21-55 1-0
4-13 Atlanta 45-32 1-2


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