NBA Standings: Hawks in 8th while west coast trip looms

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks snapped their eight game losing streak on Saturday but face a difficult stretch with a trip to the west coast trip looming.

The Atlanta Hawks finally snapped their eight game losing streak with a big come from behind win over the New York Knicks. However, with that slide the Hawks have gone from third in the conference to eighth and are just 3.5 games in front of ninth place Detroit.

Team W L GB
1. Indiana Pacers 42 13
2. Miami Heat 40 14 1.5
3. Toronto Raptors 31 25 11.5
4. Chicago Bulls 29 26 13.0
5. Washington Wizards 28 28 14.5
6. Brooklyn Nets 26 28 15.5
7. Charlotte Bobcats 27 30 16.0
8. Atlanta Hawks 26 29 16.0
9. Detroit PIstons 23 33 19.5
10. Cleveland Cavaliers 22 35 21.0

As you can see, Atlanta is still just 1.5 games out of fifth place and 5.5 out of third. They are still in the thick of things but with a difficult schedule coming up and seemingly a new injury to a different player everyday there is cause for concern. No doubt the Hawks should be focused on the sixth seed in an effort to avoid Indiana and Miami in the first round of the playoffs.

The next stretch certainly won't be easy and it was good to see the losing streak end before they head out on the road. Atlanta hosts Chicago on Tuesday and then head out to Boston on Wednesday before embarking on a five game west coast swing.

Tue Feb 25 Vs Bulls 7:30 SportSouth
Wed Feb 26 @ Celtics 7:30 SportSouth
Sun March 2 @ Suns 8:00 SportSouth
Wed March 5 @ Trailblazers 10:30 ESPN
Fri March 7 @ Warriors 10:30 SportSouth
Sat March 8 @ Clippers 10:30 SportSouth
Mon March 10 @ Utah 9:00 SportSouth
Thurs March 13 Vs Milwaukee 7:30 SportSouth
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