The Bullets-Nets game will decide the 12th and final spot in the NBA playoffs while battles for third position in the Western Conference and for fourth in the East also come down to this final day of the regular season.
In the West, defending NBA champion Seattle is one game ahead of Phoenix for third seeding. But if the Suns beat San Diego today and Seattle loses to Portland, leaving the contenderes tied, the Suns would be No. 3 in the West and the Sonics fourth, because the Suns won the season series, 4-2.
Pacific Division champion Los Angeles is top-seeded, Midwest Division king Milwaukee second, Kansas City fifth and Portland sixth.
In the East, Atlantic Division champion Boston is seeded first, followed by Atlanta by virtue of its Central Division championship, and Philadelphia.
San Antonio and Houston are tied for fourth with 40-41 records, with the Rockets at Indiana as the Spurs host Detroit. If they are tied after today's games, the Rockets would be seeded fourth and the Spurs fifth because of Houston's better conference record.
The first two seeds in both conference receive first-round byes in the playoffs, while No. 3 plays No. 6 and No. 4 plays No. 5 in best-of-three series.
The team with the superior regular season winning percentage will have the home-court advantage in all rounds of the playoffs.