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2012 NBA Standings: Hawks One Win Away From Clinching A Playoff Spot

The Atlanta Hawks had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors, but the Hawks had a poor performance and lost 102-86. In addition to not clinching a playoff spot, the loss also put the Hawks a half game behind the Celtics for the No. 4 spot and home court advantage.

Right now the Hawks have ix games left and the odds of them falling out of a playoff spot is unlikely since they are four games ahead of the Knicks at the No. 8 spot and six games ahead of the Bucks who are at the No. 9 spot.

The focus for the Hawks is to first get that playoff clinching win and then try to get home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

Eastern Standings

No. 1 Chicago Bulls 59 45-14 .763
No. 2 Miami Heat 58 41-17 .707
No. 3 Indiana Pacers 60 38-22 .633
No. 4 Boston Celtics 61 36-25 .590
No. 5 Atlanta Hawks 60 35-25 .583
No. 6 Orlando Magic 59 34-25 .576
No. 7 Philadelphia 76ers 59 31-28 .525
No. 8 New York Knicks 60 31-29 .517

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and for more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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