The Hornets have had ample opportunity to seal their spot in the eighth seed in the last week. Disappointing losses followed frustrating defeats in each of the last four contests, culminating in a matchup with the Wizards on Sunday with the biggest stakes of the season.
The Charlotte, Washington and the Indiana Pacers each sport 33-38 records with one game to go. The former two teams square off against one another while the latter meets Toronto, both games taking place simultaneously. The stakes are simple for the Hornets: win and take the eighth seed, lose and potentially fall down to 10th.