Rooting Interests: West Has More On the Line Thursday

Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Toronto Raptors

Thursday night’s action will have a bigger impact on the Western Conference playoff picture than it will the East, but the Hawks still have reason to follow along.standings

Atlanta would love to see the Lakers steal a win in Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Bucks to push the struggling Bucks further into the #8 hole.  You can never have enough cushion in the NBA, and a five game lead could disappear fast.

There’s also reason to want Dallas to beat the Indiana Pacers.  A win for the Mavericks would pull the Hawks to within 4.5 of Indiana for third in the conference.  Still it seems like a stretch, anything can happen in this league.  And every game certainly matters.  Plus, if Dallas wins, they get to finally shave their beards.  And that would be a service to us all.

Every other major player in the East is idle tonight.

Teams to root for: Lakers, Mavericks

Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images

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