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NBA playoff projections: Locks, tiers and most likely play-in teams

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One-third of the way through one of the strangest seasons in NBA history, the playoff picture remains murky at best. That's especially true considering the postseason now includes a play-in round that only expands the amount of potential outcomes, while increasing the importance of the final standings in fascinating new ways.

The rules have changed. The race for the No. 6 seed in both conferences is now vital. Same with the race for No. 10.

With Thursday's release of ESPN's revamped Basketball Power Index (BPI), let's explore the latest in the playoff picture. Who are the locks in each conference? Which teams are on the play-in bubble? And which teams will ultimately make it in?