NBA Standings Update: Knicks And Bucks In Tight Race For 8th Seed

April 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (15) in the second half at Verizon Center. The Bucks won 112-98. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 NBA Standings show that the 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, Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks are all fighting for position, while the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics battle for the Atlantic Division title and the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks scrap for the eighth seed.

It's a two-team race for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, folks. Sure the Knicks are mangled and will be without Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin for the final weeks of the regular season and the Bucks have been above .500 for only four days this season -- they were 2-1 on Friday Dec. 30 after beating the Washington Wizards and then lost in their next game on Jan. 2 against the Denver Nuggets -- but it's still a race! Boston has played well since moving Kevin Garnett to center, and now it appears they have officially moved out of the eighth seed conversation and are in a competition with the Philadelphia 76ers for the Atlantic Division title.

On Tuesday night, New York blew a 17-point lead and lost to the Indiana Pacers, LeBron closed out thegame in a win over the Sixers, and the Detroit Pistons surprised the Orlando Magic with an upset victory.

NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Standings Updated For 4/4

Seed Team W L PCT GB Hollinger Odds One Day Ago Two Days Ago Three Days Ago
1 x - Chicago Bulls 42 13 0.764 - 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2 x - Miami Heat 38 14 0.731 2.5 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
3 Indiana Pacers 32 21 0.604 9 99.7% 99.20% 99.20% 98.30%
4 Boston Celtics 30 22 0.577 10.5 96.8% 95.40% 95.40% 91.10%
5 Orlando Magic 32 22 0.593 9.5 99.6% 99.70% 99.70% 100.00%
6 Atlanta Hawks 31 23 0.574 10.5 99.8% 97.20% 97.20% 99.60%
7 Philadelphia 76ers 29 24 0.547 12 97.1% 99.60% 99.60% 97.00%
8 New York Knicks 27 27 0.500 14.5 58.5% 63.80% 63.80% 63.00%
Milwaukee Bucks 25 28 0.472 16 48.50% 45.20% 45.20% 51.30%

If the Bucks make the playoffs, things are bound to become extremely close down the stretch and tie-breaker scenarios could pop up. Here is a rundown of the relevant tie-breaker rules (via NBA.com):

a. Two Teams Tied

b. More Than Two Teams Tied

(1) Better winning percentage in games against each other.

(1) Better winning percentage in all games among the tied teams.

(2) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

(2) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

(3) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

(3) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

(4) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

(4) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents ("point differential").

(5) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents ("point differential").


Tie-Breaker Info
Team vs. Celtics vs. Knicks vs. Bucks Conference Record
Boston Celtics -- 2-1 2-0 23-12
New York Knicks 1-2 -- 1-2 20-17
Milwaukee Bucks 0-2 2-1 -- 19-18

Finally, here are the remaining schedules for the Celtics, Knicks and Bucks:

Remaining Schedules
Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Boston Celtics
@ Cleveland WIN @ Atlanta LOSS @ Minnesota WIN
Memphis LOSS Cleveland WIN Miami WIN
@ Washington WIN @ Indiana LOSS 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 LA Clippers @ Atlanta
Philadelphia @ Charlotte Miami
@ Boston Milwaukee

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