Scoreboard Watching: Bulls Tighten Already Jumbled East

Friday, April 5, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

The Atlanta Hawks dropped a spot in the Eastern Conference standings last night…and that’s a good thing.

Despite dropping to sixth, Atlanta actually gained a half game on the Brooklyn Nets, who fell 92-90 to the Chicago Bulls despite a 26-13 first quarter.standings

Atlanta is now just 1.5 out of fourth place in the East, which would be huge, as getting there would mean having game one at home.  If the Hawks don’t finish fourth and have to go on the road, sixth might be better than fifth because it would put them opposite Miami in the Eastern Conference bracket.  Either way, the Hawks still have a fighting chance thanks to Chicago.  The Hawks and Bulls are tied for fifth, but the Bulls are technically ahead because they have one fewer loss.

Another thing to note: The Hawks lose tiebreakers with the Nets, Bulls and Boston Celtics should it come to that.

Biggest winner: Bulls
Chicago is just 1.5 games back of Brooklyn after last night’s win.  They also gained a spot in the standings.

Biggest loser: Nets
Brooklyn had a chance to all but lock up home-court advantage in the first round with a win last night but came up short in their first home game in 17 days.

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

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