The Atlanta Hawks saw their four-game winning streak end Wednesday night with a 105-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The loss wrapped up a week long road trip for the Hawks who will now play their next four games at Philips Arena. Atlanta maintained a one-game advantage over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference standings by virtue of the Heat's 102-100 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Both Charlotte and Boston were idle on Wednesday and picked up a half-game in the standings.
Here is a look at the up to the minute East Standings:
|1. Cleveland Cavaliers||52||22||.703||0.0|
|2. Toronto Raptors||50||24||.676||2.0|
|3. Atlanta Hawks||45||31||.592||8.0|
|4. Boston Celtics||43||31||.581||9.0|
|5. Miami Heat||43||31||.581||9.0|
|6. Charlotte Hornets||43||31||.581||9.0|
|7. Detroit Pistons||40||35||.533||12.5|
|8. Indiana Pacers||39||35||.527||13.0|
As you can see, the Hawks are one of four teams that are even in the loss column. Atlanta has two more wins under their belt than Boston, Miami and Charlotte but still has a difficult schedule remaining with four games left against the Raptors, Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Here is a look at the Hawks' remaining schedule:
|Friday, April 1||vs Cavaliers||8 p.m.|
|Tuesday, April 5||vs Suns||8 p.m.|
|Thursday, April 7||vs Raptors||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 9||vs Celtics||7:30 p.m.|
|Monday, April 11||at Cavaliers||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday, April 13||at Wizards||8 p.m.|
The four-game home stretch is critical for Atlanta if they hope to hold on to home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Cavaliers could be resting a number of their starters by the time the Hawks head back out on the road on April 11.
Notable Games for Thursday, March 31
Celtics vs Trail Blazers - 10 p.m. ET