Playoff berth a two-step process for Nets

Lionel Hollins will be rooting hard for his former team on Wednesday night.

That is, if the Brooklyn Nets can beat the Orlando Magic in their regular-season finale first.

The only way the Nets can make the playoffs is if they win (8 p.m. ET tipoff) and then the Indiana Pacers lose to the Memphis Grizzlies (9:30 p.m. ET tipoff).

If the Nets lose, they're out. If both teams lose, the Nets are out.

The Pacers (38-43) lead the Nets (37-44) by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Brooklyn holds the tiebreaker by virtue of a better head-to-head record.

The top-seeded Atlanta Hawks, who swept the Nets during the regular season and have the right to swap first-round picks with Brooklyn as a result of the Joe Johnson trade in 2012, await either team.

The Nets would have to sweat out the upcoming lottery if they don't make the playoffs.

It would also mark the end of owner Mikhail Prokhorov's five-year championship plan.

The Pacers beat the Washington Wizards in a grueling double-overtime game on Tuesday night, but they are definitely tired and banged up.

Tony Allen (hamstring) will not play for the Grizzlies, and Mike Conley (foot) and Marc Gasol (ankle) are questionable.

Alan Anderson (ankle) is questionable for the Nets, who have lost their previous two games by a combined 50 points.

The Nets don't control their own destiny so all they can do is win and hope for the best.