Clearing Up the Playoff Picture – 4.3.12

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
By Jon Newberry

Heading into Tuesday night’s NBA action there is an exciting battle for playoff positioning taking shape in the Eastern Conference.


With such a tight race involving so many teams, almost every night will feature at least one game with playoff implications. Here on the blog we will provide a daily update on the standings, what games to watch, and where to find the best analysis about the Hawks’ position.

First off, here are the important games on the schedule tonight:

  • Knicks @ Pacers – 7 pm
    The Knicks are currently holding on to the 8th and final playoff spot, but they aren’t far away from the Atlantic Division lead (2.5 games behind Boston) or missing the playoffs altogether (2 games ahead of Milwaukee). Meanwhile, the Pacers are in a similar position as the Hawks, trying to avoid slipping into a 7th or 8th seed and setting their sights on a top-4 record and home court advantage.
  • 76ers @ Heat – 7:30 pm
    If the season ended today this would be the 2 vs. 7 match-up in the Eastern Conference.
  • Magic @ Pistons – 7:30 pm
    Orlando is trying to stop a three-game losing streak.

With so many possible outcomes still available to the Hawks, it is always good to have some serious number crunchers on hand. Here on the Hawks Blog we have always relied on for our in-depth analysis of playoff odds, etc. Here is a breakdown of where the Hawks could finish based on their record in the remaining 12 games:


Another resource that uses numbers way above most of our heads is ESPN’s John Hollinger. He is a frequent visitor to the Highlight Factory and breaks down nearly every facet of NBA basketball with statistics and probabilities. For his “Daily Playoff Odds” he runs the remaining schedule through the computer 5,000 times to churn out the most likely results. Right now he has the Hawks finishing in a three-way tie with Orlando and Indiana at 39-27. CLICK HERE for his complete breakdown.

That’s it for the first edition of “Clearing Up the Playoff Picture”… Check back tomorrow for updated standings and analysis.

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