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NBA - US Sports: Sixers face Bucks test

There are five NBA games on Tuesday and the standout tie is Philadelphia 76ers' home game against Milwaukee Bucks in a key fixture in the battle for the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers are 4/5 to win in the Money Line and Milwaukee can be backed at 21/20.

All to play for

The two teams have identical 46-28 overall records going into the game and are still in contention to take the top seed in the East with eight regular season games remaining. 

Miami Heat currently lead the way but they are just one game ahead of the Bucks, Sixers and Boston Celtics, while the Heat and Boston have just six games left.

Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday missed the defeat to Memphis Grizzlies last time out with an ankle issue but is expected to return on Tuesday, while the Sixers have no injury concerns.

Chicago Bulls are in a tie for fifth seed with Toronto Raptors but they are just one game ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers in seventh ahead of their trip to Washington Wizards on Tuesday.  

The Wizards haven't been eliminated from postseason contention just yet but they would probably need to win all of their eight remaining games to force their way into the play-in spots and even that may not be enough as they sit five-and-a-half games behind Atlanta Hawks in 10th.

Brooklyn Nets will probably have to come through the play-in tournament and they are at home to Detroit Pistons, who cannot reach the playoffs.

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Lakers in trouble in West

In the Western Conference, Los Angeles Lakers are in real danger of missing out on the playoffs and they face a tricky trip to Dallas Mavericks.

If the Lakers lose they will have the same record as San Antonio Spurs who sit 11th in the standings with just seven games left to play.  The battle for the final two play-in spots is essentially a three-way fight between the Lakers, the Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans in the West.

Los Angeles Clippers are locked in for a play-in place and they entertain a Utah Jazz outfit who are still fighting to secure a top six seed and an automatic place in the playoffs.

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