While the Wizards (29-48) play on with the goal of ending the season saying, "We're No. 9," three of their five remaining opponents are playing for postseason position. The other two teams are trying to stay atop their respective subset. Spoiler mode it is.
Tuesday, at Knicks: Seeing as the Wizards dropped third place Indiana further back in the Eastern Conference standings, New York (50-26) should offer John Wall and company a hearty thank you when they meet up inside Madison Square Garden. Alas, the hottest team in the NBA will likely just attempt to offer another beat down which if accomplished would be the Knicks 13th straight win. New York is three games up on Indiana in the loss column with six games remaining and holds a 2-1 series lead over the Wizards, who are only 7-31 on the road this season.
Wednesday, vs. Heat: No major drama here as Miami (60-16) ran away with the Eastern Conference title and sits four games up on San Antonio in the race for home court advantage throughout the playoffs. In addition, there will likely be no Dwyane Wade, who reportedly could sit out the remainder of the regular season. Fine, here is some spice: the Heat return to the Verizon Center for the first time since losing 105-101 in early December. Also, a victory would be the Wizards' 10th straight at home.
Friday, vs. 76ers: If the ninth place finish is too occur defeating Philadelphia (31-45) is necessary especially since the winner earns the tiebreaker. It is also necessary for the sake of moving on to have ex-Wizard Nick Young finally back in Washington even if just for a day. While Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee previously returned to D.C. earlier this season with the visiting Nets and Nuggets respectively, Young missed the 76ers only other trip to town.
Monday, at Nets: Brooklyn occupies the fourth seed, two games ahead of the Bulls, another team the Wizards defeated this month. The Nets lead the season series 2-1 with the latest victory coming in the Barclays Center last month behind Deron Williams' 3-point barrage and 42 points.
April 17, at Bulls: And last but not least, the last game. By this point, the injury-plagued Bulls (42-34) may have little to play for, need a win for home court advantage in the first round or to avoid sliding below the Hawks (42-36) or Celtics (40-37). No matter the scenario, just don't except Derrick Rose back.