Exclusive: Brooklyn Nets star would take Heat over Pacers in playoffs

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Brooklyn Nets star Shaun Livingston would prefer to face the Miami Heat over the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.

The talented point guard had six points, five rebounds and two steals for the Nets as they beat the Atlanta Hawks 127-110 at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday evening.

That improved the Nets record to 16-22, and with the Heat and the Pacers the stand-out teams in an otherwise poor Eastern Conference, Jason Kidd's team will in all likelihood come up against one of the two in the playoffs.

So which would he prefer to face?

"Neither!" Livingston told GiveMeSport before last night's game. "But really, just going off our current record you'd probably say Miami."

In contrast to the Eastern Conference, the West is incredibly deep - something Livingston puts down to inconsistent play on the part of the East.

"This year I just think it's better teams in the West," the Nets star continued.

"The West has a lot of depth, the East has been inconsistent. You see teams that started out really hot, and then teams that probably thought that they would win 10-15 games and then they're in first place in the division.

"It's a lot of up and downs, a lot of inconsistency."

As it stands in the NBA, the eighth seed Nets would face the first seed Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.

But following a terrible start to the season, the Brooklyn franchise will be looking to pass .500 before the post-season and secure a much higher seeding.

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