With about 10 games remaining, the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference of the NBA has begun to tighten up.
Although the top two seeds haven’t been in doubt the entire season, the Miami Heat are gaining some ground on the Indiana Pacers to be No 1. At the other end of the playoff picture, the New York Knicks are still threatening to surpass the Atlanta Hawks for the final spot.
But if the season ended today, these would be the matchups in the Eastern Conference.
(1) Indiana Pacers (52-22) vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks (31-41)
Indiana leads the regular season series 2-1 with one more meeting scheduled on April 6 in Indiana.
(2) Miami Heat (50-22) vs. (7) Charlotte Bobcats (35-38)
Miami swept the season series against the Bobcats 4-0 with an average margin of victory of around 10 points.
(3) Toronto Raptors (41-31) vs. (6) Washington Wizards (38-35)
The Raptors won the season series 3-1, but the Wizards did win the final matchup on Feb 27 by a score of 134-129.
(4) Chicago Bulls (40-32) vs. (5) Brooklyn Nets (38-33)
The Bulls won the regular season series 2-1 over the Nets. The average margin of victory for the winner in each game has been 16 points.