Rooting Interests: All Eyes on Hawks, Bulls In East

Monday, April 15, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks

With six of the eight playoff seeds set in the East, the only thing left to be decided is which team among the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks will finish fifth.

The other team will of course finish sixth.

Here’s how the East will look come playoff time:standings

1)  Heat
2)  Knicks
3)  Pacers
4)  Nets
5)  Hawks/Bulls
6)  Bulls/Hawks
7)  Celtics
8)  Bucks

Right now the Hawks own a one-game lead over the Bulls for the five seed, which would send them to Brooklyn rather than Indiana.  The magic number to clinch that five spot is two, meaning any combination of Hawks wins or Bulls losses over the final four combined games the teams have left must be equal or greater than two.  Chicago is in action against Orlando tonight, meaning the Hawks could be looking at a magic number of one by the time they take the floor against the Raptors tomorrow.

However, a Chicago win would keep the pressure on Atlanta to win the final two to secure the five seed.  Let the games begin (or end…).

Teams to root for:  Magic

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