"n simplest terms, the Hornets need to finish the season with a 40-42 record and hope that at least two of Orlando, Miami, and Brooklyn do the same. The Hornets have every tie breaker, meaning no matter what permutation of teams ends up tied at 40-42, the Hornets will get the highest seed. If three teams end up tied at 40-42, the Hornets get the eight seed. If all four finish 40-42, the Hornets get the seven seed."

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