Where the Hawks stand in the playoff chase

Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) gets off a shot against Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne (15) during the first half in an NBA basketball game at State Farm Arena on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) gets off a shot against Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne (15) during the first half in an NBA basketball game at State Farm Arena on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

The Hawks have earned at least a spot in the NBA play-in tournament, but are still seeking a guaranteed spot in the first round.

They beat Chicago May 1 to clinch a postseason berth for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign, the last of a run of 10 straight seasons.

The Hawks, who beat Phoenix Wednesday, are fifth in the East with five games to play. The top six teams are automatic qualifiers for the playoffs. The 7-10 teams must play for the final two positions in the play-in tournament.

The Hawks magic number to clinch a postseason spot (top 10): CLINCHED

The Hawks magic number to clinch a top-six playoffs spot: 5

Here are the Eastern Conference standings with the current top 10 teams in position to qualify for the postseason.

1. 76ers* 45-21, 6 games remaining

2. Nets* 43-23, 6

3. Bucks 42-24, 6

4. Knicks 37-29, 6

5. Hawks 37-30, 5

6. Celtics 35-31, 6

7. Heat 35-31, 6

8. Hornets 32-33, 7

9. Pacers 30-35, 7

10. Wizards 30-36, 6

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11. Raptors 27-39, 6

12. Bulls 26-39, 7

13. Magic 21-45, 6

14. Cavaliers 21-45, 6

15. Pistons 19-47, 6

* - Clinched top-six playoff spot

Hawks remaining games: at Pacers (Thursday), vs. Wizards (May 10), vs. Wizards (May 12), vs. Magic (May 13), vs. Rockets (May 16)

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