NBA Standings Update: Eastern Conference Playoff Race Gets Messy

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.

NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Standings Updated For 4/6

Seed Team W L PCT GB Hollinger Odds One Day Ago Two Days Ago Three Days Ago
1 x - Chicago Bulls 43 13 0.768 - 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
2 x - Miami Heat 39 14 0.736 2.5 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
3 Indiana Pacers 33 21 0.611 9 99.80% 99.70% 99.20% 99.20%
4 Boston Celtics 30 24 0.556 12 95.20% 96.80% 95.40% 95.40%
5 Atlanta Hawks 32 23 0.582 10.5 99.90% 99.80% 97.20% 97.20%
6 Orlando Magic 32 23 0.582 10.5 99.70% 99.60% 99.70% 99.70%
7 Philadelphia 76ers 29 25 0.537 13 92.10% 97.10% 99.60% 99.60%
8 New York Knicks 28 27 0.509 14.5 61.10% 58.50% 63.80% 63.80%
Milwaukee Bucks 26 28 0.481 16 52.20% 48.50% 45.20% 45.20%

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 23-13
New York Knicks 1-2 -- 1-2 21-17
Milwaukee Bucks 0-2 2-1 -- 20-18

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

Remaining Schedules
Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Boston Celtics Philadelphia 76ers
Charlotte @ Orlando WIN @ Chicago LOSS Orlando
Portland Chicago @ Indiana @ Boston
Oklahoma City @ Chicago Philadelphia @ New Jersey
New York @ Milwaukee @ Miami @ Toronto
@ Detroit Washington Atlanta New Jersey
Indiana Miami @ Toronto @ Orlando
@ Washington Boston @ New Jersey Indiana
@ Indiana @ New Jersey @ Charlotte @ Cleveland
New Jersey @ Cleveland @ New York @ Indiana
Toronto @ Atlanta Orlando @ New Jersey
Philadelphia LA Clippers @ Atlanta @ Milwaukee
@ Boston @ Charlotte Miami @ Detroit
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