Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris drives on Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Hawks closing in on berth

The Hawks keep winning - and still remain just a half-game ahead of the Celtics for third in the Eastern Conference.

Despite winning three straight, eight of nine and 11 of 13 games, the Hawks haven’t created much separation. The Celtics have won four straight games, including Saturday at the Suns. In the tight East race, the Hawks, Celtics, Heat and Hornets are just 1-1/2 games apart for spots 3-6.

The Hawks reduced thier magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two following Saturday’s win at the Pistons. The Hawks could clinch a berth as soon as Monday. The Wizards have played two less games than the Hawks and are still a factor. The Hawks have the second toughest remaining schedule in the East based on strength of schedule.

In key games Sunday in the East, the Pacers host the Rockets and the Wizards play at the Lakers.

Here’s a look at the playoff picture in the East:

Rk

 

 

Team

 

 

W-L

 

 

Pct.

 

 

Div.

 

 

Conf.

 

 

Home

 

 

Away

 

 

GB

 

 

>=.500 (H/A)

 

 

<=.500 (H/A)

 

 

1

 

 

Cleveland-y

 

 

52-21

 

 

.712

 

 

7-5

 

 

30-14

 

 

30-6

 

 

22-15

 

 

-

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

2

 

 

 

Toronto-x

49-23

 

 

.681

 

 

11-2

 

 

33-12

 

 

28-8

 

 

21-15

 

 

2.5

 

 

7 (4/3)

 

 

3 (1/2)

 

 

3

 

 

Atlanta

 

 

44-30

 

 

.595

 

 

8-7

 

 

26-19

 

 

24-13

 

 

20-17

 

 

8.5

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

2 (1/1)

 

 

4

 

 

Boston

 

 

43-30

 

 

.589

 

 

10-6

 

 

29-19

 

 

25-12

 

 

18-18

 

 

9

 

 

6 (2/4)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

5

 

 

Miami

 

 

42-30

 

 

.583

 

 

9-5

 

 

26-19

 

 

24-13

 

 

18-17

 

 

9.5

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

6

 

 

Charlotte

 

 

42-31

 

 

.575

 

 

7-7

 

 

27-16

 

 

27-11

 

 

15-20

 

 

10

 

 

3 (0/3)

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

7

 

 

Indiana

 

 

38-34

 

 

.528

 

 

6-7

 

 

24-19

 

 

22-13

 

 

16-21

 

 

13.5

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

7 (4/3)

 

 

8

 

 

Detroit

 

 

39-35

 

 

.527

 

 

8-6

 

 

25-21

 

 

24-13

 

 

15-22

 

 

13.5

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

9

 

 

Chicago

 

 

36-36

 

 

.500

 

 

7-5

 

 

21-24

 

 

24-13

 

 

12-23

 

 

15.5

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

4 (1/3)

 

 

10

 

 

Washington

 

 

35-37

 

 

.486

 

 

8-6

 

 

26-21

 

 

19-19

 

 

16-18

 

 

16.5

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

5 (1/4)

 

 

11

 

 

Orlando

 

 

30-43

 

 

.411

 

 

3-10

 

 

17-27

 

 

19-17

 

 

11-26

 

 

22

 

 

6 (3/3)

 

 

3 (2/1)

 

 

12

 

 

Milwaukee

 

 

30-44

 

 

.405

 

 

4-9

 

 

19-26

 

 

21-15

 

 

9-29

 

 

22.5

 

 

4 (3/1)

 

 

4 (2/2)

 

 

13

 

 

New York

 

 

30-44

 

 

.405

 

 

6-7

 

 

19-27

 

 

17-20

 

 

13-24

 

 

22.5

 

 

4 (3/1)

 

 

4 (1/3)

 

 

14

 

 

Brooklyn**

 

 

21-51

 

 

.292

 

 

6-8

 

 

12-31

 

 

14-24

 

 

7-27

 

 

30.5

 

 

5 (1/4)

 

 

5 (2/3)

 

 

15

 

 

Philadelphia**

 

 

9-64

 

 

.123

 

 

2-12

 

 

3-42

 

 

6-30

 

 

3-34

 

 

43

 

 

6 (2/4)

 

 

3 (3/0)

 

 

y - Clinched division

x - Clinched playoff berth

** - Eliminated from playoffs

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