Heat preparing for four possible first-round playoff opponents. A breakdown of all the possibilities

The Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic drives ahead of the Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) and Jarrett Allen (31) during the first quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, March 31, 2018. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — With two games remaining in their regular season, the Miami Heat’s spot in the Eastern Conference standings is far from set.

Miami has already clinched a playoff berth, but it’s still working to secure its specific spot on the bracket. The Heat (43-37) will enter Monday’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-34) as the sixth seed.

Win both of their final two games and the Heat secure the No. 6 spot. Split their final two and they can’t fall lower than No. 7. Lose both and they could wind up No. 8.

All of these possibilities means the Heat’s scouting staff is preparing for four possible opponents — the Toronto Raptors (clinched top seed in the East), Boston Celtics (clinched second seed in the East), Philadelphia 76ers (one game ahead of Cavaliers for No. 3) and Cleveland Cavaliers (one game behind No. 3 76ers).

“I walked in this morning early and it literally looked like they had been here all night,” coach Erik Spoelstra said of the Heat’s scouting staff with a smile. “I remember those days. They’re not fun, especially when there are so many different possibilities right now.

“I love telling them that literally 75 percent of their work is just going to get dropped in the trash can. That makes me smile. That makes me feel better. They’re going to go through hours and hours of sleepless nights.”

A win against the Thunder on Monday could eliminate one possibility for the Heat. A victory means Miami can’t finish below seventh, ruling out the Raptors as a possible first-round opponent.

And the Heat could even eliminate two possibilities with some help. If the Heat beat the Thunder and the Bucks lose to the Magic at home on Monday, Miami will clinch the No. 6 seed to rule out Toronto and Boston.

A Heat loss to the Thunder means all four possible first-round opponents are still in play.

A 2-0 finish to the season keeps the Heat in sixth and sets up a first-round series against either the 76ers or Cavaliers. Philadelphia defeated Dallas on Sunday, and the 76ers can finish in third place with wins in each of their remaining two regular-season games.

But don’t expect Oklahoma City to make it easy on the Heat. With a win in Miami on Monday, the Thunder can clinch a spot in the postseason in the middle of their own wild playoff race.

“We have a team coming in here [Monday] that played well [Saturday against the Rockets] and got a big win,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of the Thunder. “They want to continue to do that as they fight their playoff battle. This is going to be a good game for us at this time of the year, especially after going through a four-game span where we played non-playoff teams. It’s kind of good that we’re able to play a playoff team these last two to kind of get us in a bit more of a competitive mindset.”

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