Rooting Interests: Hawks Hoping Competitors Falter On the Road

Friday, March 22, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Portland Trail Blazers

Three teams battling for playoff positioning with the Hawks all have road games tonight, while the Hawks play at home.

The Hawks host the Portland Trail Blazers, who beat the Chicago Bulls last night to give Atlanta some breathing room in the East standings.


Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks all have road games tonight.

Boston is playing its second of three straight away from home tonight when they face the Mavericks. Win or lose, the Celtics will break the current sixth place tie with idle Chicago. A loss would drop them two full games behind the Hawks in the standings, pending the result of Atlanta’s game.

New York is on the road for the first of a home-and-home series with the Raptors. The Knicks are currently third in the East and are three games up on Atlanta.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who trail the Hawks by 3.5, are in Indianapolis to face the Indiana Pacers. A loss will go a long way in ensuring the Hawks don’t wind up with the eighth seed. However, a Bucks win would pull the Hawkws closer to the two seed, which is not completely out of reach. Still, I say root for the Pacers.

Teams to root for: Mavericks, Raptors, Pacers

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