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NBA Playoff Picture: Hawks close to within half game of Bobcats

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Atlanta's five game winning streak has enabled them to maintain their lead over the red hot Knicks while closing the gap on the Charlotte Bobcats

The Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game on Tuesday with a 118-113 win over the Toronto Raptors. That win extended Atlanta's season-best winning streak to five games and has them closing the gap on the Charlotte Bobcats for 7th place in the conference.

Here is a look at the standings entering play on Thursday:

Team W L GB
6. Washington Wizards 35 32 14.5
7. Charlotte Bobcats 33 36 17.5
8. Atlanta Hawks 31 35 18.0
9. New York Knicks 28 40 22.0
10. Cleveland Cavaliers 26 42 24.0
11. Detroit Pistons 25 42 24.5

Atlanta is just three back of the sixth place Washington Wizards in the loss column. Atlanta's winning streak has also allowed them to maintain a four game advantage over the New York Knicks who have won seven straight including a 92-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Atlanta has 16 games remaining starting with Friday's matchup against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at Philips Arena.

Date Opponent Time TV
Mar 21 vs New Orleans Pelicans 7:30 pm SportSouth
Mar 23 @ Toronto Raptors 1:00 pm SportSouth
Mar 24 vs Phoenix Suns 7:30 pm SportSouth
Mar 26 @ Minnesota Timberwolves 8:00 pm SportSouth
Mar 27 vs Portland Trail Blazers 7:30 pm SportSouth

As you can see, Atlanta's schedule over the next week picks up with four of their next five opponents sporting a better than .500 record.

Notable Games:

Thursday, March 20

Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 p.m. NBALP

Friday, March 21

New York Knicks vs Philadelphia 76ers 7:00 p.m. NBALP
Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 p.m. NBALP

Saturday, March 22

Portland Trail Blazers vs Charlotte Bobcats 7:00 p.m. NBALP

Sunday, March 23

Washington Wizards vs Denver Nuggets 5:00 p.m. NBALP
Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks 7:30 p.m. NBALP