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NBA Standings: Playoff Race Firming Up With Boston, Atlanta Fighting For Home Court

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<strong>Onward!</strong>
Onward!

This we know: The Atlanta Hawks will play either Boston or Indiana in the first round of the playoffs after Indiana clinched home court by winning their seventh straight Thursday night.

Here are the updated NBA standings, including the gory details that are the Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost a miraculous 18 in a row.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Eastern W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
Chicago1c 47 16 0.746 0.0 36-10 11-1 24-7 23-9 5-5 L 1
Miami2se 45 17 0.726 1.5 35-10 9-3 27-4 18-13 7-3 W 5
Indiana3x 41 22 0.651 6.0 28-17 8-3 22-8 19-14 9-1 W 7
Boston4a 37 26 0.587 10.0 30-15 8-6 22-9 15-17 7-3 W 1
Atlanta5x 37 25 0.597 9.5 30-16 11-3 20-9 17-16 7-3 W 2
Orlando6x 36 26 0.581 10.5 29-18 7-7 20-12 16-14 4-6 L 1
New York7x 33 29 0.532 13.5 26-19 8-6 21-11 12-18 7-3 W 2
Philadelphia8 32 30 0.516 14.5 25-19 6-6 19-14 13-16 3-7 W 1
Milwaukee 29 33 0.468 17.5 22-22 7-8 15-15 14-18 5-5 L 3
Detroito 23 40 0.365 24.0 18-27 4-10 16-15 7-25 3-7 L 2
New Jerseyo 22 41 0.349 25.0 16-29 5-7 9-23 13-18 4-6 L 3
Torontoo 22 41 0.349 25.0 14-31 6-8 12-20 10-21 4-6 L 2
Clevelando 20 41 0.328 26.0 12-33 3-11 10-21 10-20 3-7 L 3
Washingtono 16 46 0.258 30.5 12-32 4-7 9-22 7-24 4-6 W 2
Charlotteo 7 54 0.115 39.0 5-40 1-12 4-26 3-28 0-10 L 18

The Bucks have gone cold at a bad time and have failed thus far to take advantage of some bad Philly luck and losing stretch.

It seems odd that Atlanta, who seems to be playing so much better than Orlando at this point, especially considering Dwight Howard is out for the year, is only a game ahead of the Magic. Remember that the Hawks own the tie-breaker over their southeastern brethren.

If the season were to end today, it would be an Atlanta/Boston series with the Hawks, who own a 1/2 game lead right now over the Celtics, holding home court advantage for that first round matchup.

If the Hawks want home court, tonight's home game against the eeeeeeeevil C's are an excellent place to lay that claim. Here is the upcoming schedule for the ATL:

Upcoming Games
April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Fri 20 vs Boston
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
7:00 PM SSO-ATL ESPN 99X
Sun 22 vs New York
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
1:00 PM SSO-ATL ESPN 99X
Tue 24 vs L.A. Clippers
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
7:30 PM SSO-ATL 99X
Thu 26 vs Dallas
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
8:00 PM SSO-ATL

680 The Fan

The Clippers and Mavericks have already clinched their spots in the playoffs, though it's conceivable that both could be eager to lock in their seedings and will have something to play for, but it's just as likely that both teams could be resting guys at that point as well, potentially making an easier road for the Hawks to clinch some home court goodness.

Exit Question: Come on, admit it, you want to see a Hawks-Celtics brawl in the first round, don't you?