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Eastern Conference play-in tournament preview


Welcome to the Eastern Conference play-in tournament preview. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

All game lines via VSiN NBA Odds page.

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

#8 Cleveland Cavaliers @ #7 Brooklyn Nets (-8, 229.5)

Regular Season Series: BRK (3-1)

Brooklyn did what it needed to do and won its last four games to lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. As a reward, not only does the team get a home game, but they get to host Cleveland which they handled with relative ease in the regular season. Three of the meetings took place before the end of January, so the result worth focusing on is the one from just four days ago. The Nets put up 1.311 points per possession but needed a 35-19 fourth quarter to grab the win and cover at home. That game was representative of all the issues plaguing both teams, and it should give us an idea of how this matchup will play out Tuesday night. 

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