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NBA Playoffs Picture: Hawks clinch home court advantage in first round

Despite Monday's loss in Cleveland, the Atlanta Hawks clinched home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs due to the Celtics' loss to the Hornets.

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Playoff positioning will go down to the season's final day as the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat continue to battle it out. Atlanta saw a three-game winning streak come to an end Monday night in a 109-94 road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the Hawks still clinched a no worse than fourth place finish thanks to a 114-100 loss by the Boston Celtics to the Charlotte Hornets.

Here is a look at the current Eastern Conference standings heading into play on Tuesday:

Team W L GB
1. Cleveland Cavaliers 57 24 0.0
2. Toronto Raptors 54 26 2.5
3. Atlanta Hawks 48 33 9.0
4. Miami Heat 47 33 9.5
5. Boston Celtics 47 34 10.0
6. Charlotte Hornets 47 34 10.0
7. Indiana Pacers 43 37 13.5
8. Detroit Pistons 43 37 13.5

Atlanta leads the Miami Heat by a half game for third place in the Eastern Conference however the Heat own the tie breaker. The Hawks wrap their season up on Wednesday in Washington while Miami has a back-to-back at Detroit on Tuesday and Boston on Wednesday. For Atlanta to finish in the third spot, the Hawks must win on Wednesday and have Miami lose at least one of their final two games.