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NBA Eastern Conference Standings Update: Atlanta Hawks Currently In Sixth Place

With a little over three weeks left in the NBA regular season, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is still incredibly muddled.

While the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat have raced ahead of the pack to secure the top two seeds, only 5.5 games separate the third place Indiana Pacers from the eight place New York Knicks.

The Atlanta Hawks are directly in the middle of the pack, coming in at sixth place, one game behind the Orlando Magic and 1.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, thanks to a pretty soft schedule to close out the season, including two games each against the Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons, ESPN's John Hollinger projects them to get all the way up to the No. 3 slot by the end of the season.

Here are the full Eastern Conference standings as of Wednesday, April 4:

EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 x - Chicago 42 13 .764 - 21-6 21-7 10-1 31-7 96.8 88.8 +8.0 Lost 2 6-4
2 x - Miami 38 14 .731 2 ½ 22-2 16-12 8-3 29-8 100.7 93.5 +7.1 Won 1 7-3
3 Indiana 32 21 .604 9 17-7 15-14 4-3 21-16 96.7 94.0 +2.7 Won 2 7-3
4 Boston 30 22 .577 10 ½ 19-8 11-14 6-4 23-12 91.6 89.8 +1.8 Won 5 7-3
5 Orlando 32 22 .593 9 ½ 18-10 14-12 7-5 25-14 94.3 92.7 +1.6 Lost 4 4-6
6 Atlanta 31 23 .574 10 ½ 17-8 14-15 8-3 24-14 94.6 93.1 +1.5 Lost 1 6-4
7 Philadelphia 29 24 .547 12 19-10 10-14 4-3 22-13 93.6 88.0 +5.6 Lost 1 4-6
8 New York 27 27 .500 14 ½ 18-10 9-17 6-6 20-17 97.2 94.7 +2.5 Lost 1 7-3
Milwaukee 25 28 .472 16 12-12 13-16 5-6 19-18 98.7 98.4 +0.3 Won 1 6-4
Detroit 20 33 .377 21 14-12 6-21 3-8 15-21 90.1 95.4 -5.3 Won 2 4-6
Toronto 19 35 .352 22 ½ 11-17 8-18 4-7 11-26 91.8 95.4 -3.6 Won 2 4-6
New Jersey 19 36 .345 23 7-19 12-17 4-4 13-25 93.0 98.5 -5.5 Lost 1 4-6
Cleveland 17 34 .333 23 9-18 8-16 3-7 9-26 93.2 99.7 -6.5 Lost 8 1-9
Washington 12 41 .226 29 7-20 5-21 2-7 8-27 93.2 100.0 -6.8 Lost 2 2-8
Charlotte 7 44 .137 33 4-20 3-24 1-8 5-31 87.9 100.4 -12.5 Lost 8 1-9

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