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:
|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.
|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.
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