The Pistons, who entered Tuesday night with a chance at the No. 7 seed, officially locked into the No. 8 after they lost to the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks. The Cavs clinched the No. 1 seed in the East after beating the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
This year, the Cavs are 1-2 against the Pistons with a game to go Wednesday night. The two teams also happen to play tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the season finale for both teams. With both Cleveland and Detroit knowing their playoff fate, there's a chance that both teams rest their best players. The Cavs are already planning to do so and it doesn't seem likely that LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will play Wednesday.
The Cavs and Pistons also have something of a playoff history. During LeBron's first stint in Cleveland, his biggest obstacle in the East were the Pistons teams that featured the likes of Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace and Rip Hamilton. The performance some consider to be LeBron's best ever in a Cleveland uniform - Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals - came against the Pistons. More recently, LeBron has a little feud with Pistons forward Tobias Harris and he's gone off against Harris since acknowledging Harris' trash talk.
The official playoff schedule has yet to be announced, but the Cavs and Pistons will likely start their series on Sunday. The Cleveland Gladiators, who play at Quicken Loans Arena, have a home game on Saturday against the LA Kiss.