Playoff positioning battles

PER Diem: April 9, 2010

Updated: April 10, 2010, 12:44 AM ET
By John Hollinger |
Nene and Carlos BoozerMelissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesDenver and Utah are two of four teams jockeying for playoff position directly behind the West-leading Lakers.

Only six shopping days left before the playoffs start, and yet we still have about a zillion different possibilities for how the matchups could play out. Our Playoff Odds spit out the most likely combination, but that's just one of the abundant possibilities left on the table. So, let's investigate further with a look at all the key races and the permutations that realistically might result.