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Wednesday, April 17th (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (33-48) at Indiana Pacers (49-31), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers will be the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they close out the regular season Wednesday night at home against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Pacers don't know who they will face in the postseason just yet as the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls are still jockeying for the fifth and sixth seeds.

Whichever team finishes lower between those two will meet the Pacers in round one.

The Pacers went through an emotional time this week. They were scheduled to face the Boston Celtics in Boston on Tuesday night, but the NBA canceled the game in the aftermath of Monday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

The Pacers were already in Boston preparing for the game when the explosions took place. All members of Indiana's traveling party were accounted for.

The game will not be rescheduled as both the Pacers and Celtics were locked into their respective playoff spots.

The Pacers have lost two in a row and four of their last five. Two of those four losses came at home.

It is unknown how many minutes Pacers' regulars will play. Head coach Frank Vogel could rest his starters, or he could get them some time to try and head into the postseason on a more positive note.

The Sixers aren't heading to the postseason.

This season has been a massive disappointment, highlighted by Andrew Bynum not playing a minute after he was brought over in a huge offseason trade that cost Philly Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic and Mo Harkless.

According to several reports, this will be Doug Collins' final game on the sidelines as Sixers coach. Yahoo! Sports reported that Collins notified Sixers' ownership of his decision not to return as head coach.

Collins would not take questions about his future before the Sixers lost in Detroit to the Pistons on Monday night. Philly fell 109-101, but six 76ers scored in double figures.

Dorell Wright led the way with 22 points and Jrue and Justin Holiday both had double digits.

The Sixers had a two-game winning streak snapped against the Pistons and now it's all about trying to finish on a high note.

"I told our guys, 'I like what you're doing out there,'" said Collins. "I said let's put one more good game together before the season's over - just finish it up."

The Pacers took two out of three against the Sixers this season, but the two teams have split the last four games in Indiana.

04/17 10:28:45 ET

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