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2012 NBA Standings: Hawks Have Leg Up On Celtics For Homecourt

Atlanta's 97-92 win over an undermanned Boston Celtics team on Friday night might not have been the most impressive victory of the season but it has given the Hawks a little bit of breathing room in the race for homecourt in the first round of the playoffs.

Atlanta is now a season-high 13 games over .500 at 38-25 and 1.5 games ahead of the Celtics. At 37-27 Boston is two full games behind the Hawks in the loss column. Boston is guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed due to its status as Atlantic Division champ but homecourt is determined by whichever team has the better record.

Here is a look at the complete up to the minute conference standings entering play on Saturday:

Team Win/Loss GB
1. Chicago Bulls 47-16 --
2. Miami Heat 45-17 1.5
3. Indiana Pacers 41-22 6.0
4. Boston Celtics 37-27 10.5
5. Atlanta Hawks 38-25 9.0
6. Orlando Magic 36-26 10.5
7. New York Knicks 33-30 14.0
8. Philadelphia 76ers 32-30 14.5
9. Milwaukee Bucks 29-33 17.5

Atlanta has three games remaining in the regular season beginning with Sunday's matchup against the New York Knicks at Philips Arena.

Hawks Schedule

remaining schedule

New York Sun 04/22 1:00 PM EDT
Los Angeles Clippers Tue 04/24 7:30 PM EDT
Dallas Thu 04/26 8:00 PM EDT

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.