With less than 20 games for each NBA team and the playoff picture starting to take shape, there are obvious contenders and teams still fighting just to get to the postseason. 

With every win and loss, conference playoff races are heating up and fans are checking the scoreboard each night to see if their team is still in a playoff position. 

No matter how these teams have performed earlier in the season, each one still has the chance to make the playoffs.

Several of them are even fighting for the fourth spot and a home-court playoff series. 

The following slides will rank the 10 underdog teams that must perform well down the stretch and finish strong so they can compete in the playoffs rather than focus on the draft lottery.



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