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NBA Eastern Conference play-off schedule confirmed

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Paul George carries a 21.7 PPG average into the post season (©GettyImages)
Paul George carries a 21.7 PPG average into the post season (©GettyImages).

Following the finale of the regular season on Wednesday night, the play-off places have been confirmed for the Eastern Conference in the NBA.

Indiana took the No.1 seed position with Paul George leading the way to keep them ahead of Miami in second place. They will take on Atlanta Hawks on Saturday evening.

The Pacers put The Magic to the sword on Wednesday night while resting George and teammates Lance Stephenson and David West, running out 101-86 and giving them plenty of confidence as the play-offs get underway.

The Magic will take on the Charlotte Bobcats who beat the Chicago Bulls in their last regular season match and finished in seventh place. The first tie between the sides comes on Sunday afternoon at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Third seed Toronto Raptors were beaten by the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, losing a 21-point lead in the progress.

Although not ideal preparation for the post season, the Raptors will face the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday lunchtime in the opening fixture of the play-offs.

The Nets lost their final match of the regular season 114-85 against Cleveland, deciding to rest many of their big guns and sacrificing the number five seed in the process.

That leaves the Chicago Bulls in fourth to face the side who clinched the number five seed at the Nets' expense - the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 118-102 at TD Garden in their final game of the regular season on Wednesday night, taking them above the Nets and into the play-offs for the first time since 2008.

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