2012 NBA Playoffs Preview: Standings, Schedule And Seeding For Eastern Conference (3/30 Update)

The 2012 NBA Eastern Conference playoff race isn't quite as exciting as the one taking place out West, but there is still plenty of intrigue and interest at the bottom of the bracket. The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks are all jockeying for premium position, while the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks are fighting over the final two spots.

Here's a look at the updates standings, seeding and Hollinger playoff odds in the East. You can find the remaining schedules for the Celtics, Knicks and Bucks beyond the jump.


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Eastern Conference Playoff Standings
W L PCT GB CONF Hollinger Odds
x - Chicago Bulls 41 11 0.788 - 30-7 100.00%
Miami Heat 36 13 0.735 3.5 27-7 100.00%
Orlando Magic 32 19 0.627 8.5 25-13 100.00%
Philadelphia 76ers 28 22 0.560 12 21-11 99.30%
Indiana Pacers 30 20 0.600 10 20-16 98.70%
Atlanta Hawks 30 22 0.577 11 23-13 99.50%
Boston Celtics 28 22 0.560 12 22-12 88.10%
New York Knicks 26 25 0.510 14.5 19-15 77.10%
Milwaukee Bucks 23 27 0.460 17 17-18 37.10%

All three play their next game on the road -- Bucks at Cavaliers, Knicks at Hawks and Celtics at Timberwolves -- and then they each return home to host the Grizzlies, Cavaliers and Heat, respectively. Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings and company still have one more head-to-head game against both Boston and New York, so that could help, but they do not control their own destiny in the playoff race and need to play more consistent basketball down the stretch if they hope to catch either team.

If you'd like a look at the remaining schedules for all three teams, we've got you covered:

Remaining Schedules
Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Boston Celtics
@ Cleveland @ Atlanta @ Minnesota
Memphis Cleveland Miami
@ Washington @ Indiana San Antonio
Cleveland @ Orlando @ Chicago
Charlotte Chicago @ Indiana
Portland @ Chicago Philadelphia
Oklahoma City @ Milwaukee @ Miami
New York Washington Atlanta
@ Detroit Miami @ Toronto
Indiana Boston @ New Jersey
@ Washington @ New Jersey @ Charlotte
@ Indiana @ Cleveland @ New York
New Jersey @ Atlanta Orlando
Toronto Los Angeles Clippers @ Atlanta
Philadelphia @ Charlotte Miami
@ Boston Milwaukee

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