Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The NBA's Southeast division appears to be a two-horse race, as the Heat and Hawks enter the weekend separated by just a half-game, while the Charlotte Bobcats have lost six straight to fall out of the running, for now.
The Atlanta Hawks won their eighth game in their past nine on Friday, notching a 104-95 victory over the Washington Wizards. The win, coupled with the Miami Heat's 112-92 blowout loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday, allowed the Hawks to climb to within a half-game of the division-leading Heat.
While the Hawks have been extremely hot, the Heat have dropped two consecutive games. If things hold steady through the weekend, the meeting between the two teams on Monday will determine first place in the division, albeit at a very early point in the season.
There is a large gap between the Hawks and the Southeast's third place team, the Charlotte Bobcats. After a great start, the Bobcats have lost six straight and are now 7-11, which puts them five games off the Hawks' pace.
Here are the full standings heading into the weekend: