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NBA Standings: Hawks still 3rd in Eastern Conference

The Atlanta Hawks are riding a three-game winning streak after sweeping their recent home stand but will close out the year with four of five on the road including Monday's matchup against the Miami Heat.

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Not much has changed in the Eastern Conference standings over the last week. Indiana and Miami continue to be the creme of the crop while the Atlanta Hawks are the only other team with a better than .500 record.

The Heat have won four straight and seven of ten to pull within one game of the Pacers in the East. The Hawks are also riding a three-game winning streak and will put that to the test on Monday when they travel to Miami. At 15-12, Atlanta is 6.5 back of the Pacers and two games in front of Washington who have also won three straight.

The Boston Celtics continue to lead the Atlantic with a 12-16 record and are currently slotted in fourth place in the standings. Charlotte, Detroit and Toronto round out the East's very early playoff picture.

Here is a look at the current standings:

Eastern Standings

Indiana Pacers 26 21-5 .808
Miami Heat 26 20-6 .769
Atlanta Hawks 27 15-12 .556
Boston Celtics 28 12-16 .429
Washington Wizards 25 12-13 .480
Charlotte Bobcats 28 13-15 .464
Detroit Pistons 29 13-16 .448
Toronto Raptors 24 10-14 .417
Chicago Bulls 26 10-16 .385
Cleveland Cavaliers 26 10-16 .385
Brooklyn Nets 26 9-17 .346
New York Knicks 26 8-18 .308
Orlando Magic 27 8-19 .296
Philadelphia 76ers 28 8-20 .286
Milwaukee Bucks 27 6-21 .222

Atlanta is just 4-8 on the road this season and that will get put to the test over the next five games to close out 2014. The Hawks head to Miami on Monday before breaking for Christmas. They are in Cleveland on Thursday before a quick trip back to Philips Arena to face Charlotte on Saturday.

They head out again after facing the Bobcats for a back-to-back against Orlando. Atlanta then closes out the 2013 calendar year with an afternoon matinee on New Year's Eve in Boston.

Here is a look at the next five games:

Hawks Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Miami Mon 12/23 7:30 PM EST
@ Cleveland Thu 12/26 7:00 PM EST
Charlotte Sat 12/28 7:30 PM EST
@ Orlando Sun 12/29 6:00 PM EST
@ Boston Tue 12/31 1:00 PM EST