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2012 NBA Playoffs Schedule: Celtics-Hawks Series To Begin On Sunday UPDATED

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Apr 24, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) looks on against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 24, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) looks on against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

According to a report by Howard Beck of the New York Times, the 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks will begin on Sunday.

The venue for the game won't be determined until the outcome of tonight's games. The Celtics are locked into the fourth seed because of their Atlantic Division championship. However, home court advantage goes to whichever team has the better record and currently the Hawks are one game in front of the Celtics entering the final night of the regular season.

Atlanta can clinch home court with a win tonight at Philips Arena over the Dallas Mavericks or a Boston loss to Milwaukee. Should Atlanta lose and Boston win then the Celtics would get home court by virtue of owning the tie breaker advantage over the Hawks.

Update

Sunday start has now been confirmed