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NBA playoff standings 2014: Atlanta Hawks close to eliminating New York Knicks

The Atlanta Hawks won an important game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday (March 18).
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NBA playoff standings 2014 news has the Atlanta Hawks moving closer to clinching a spot in the East. In the updated 2014 NBA playoff standings, the New York Knicks are also running out of time to make a push for that No. 8 seed. On Tuesday night (March 18), the Hawks won an important game against the Toronto Raptors to move 4 1/2 games ahead of the Knicks. Both teams are on nice winning streaks, but the regular season is heading into the stretch run. It's also worth noting that the Hawks have moved to within one game of the Charlotte Bobcats for the No. 7 seed now.

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Atop the Eastern Conference are the 50-17 Indiana Pacers still. The team is three games ahead of the 46-19 Miami Heat for the top seed and it's starting to look like they could easily clinch it in April. The Pacers and Heat have already punched their tickets to the postseason and are currently the only two teams in the league to have done that. Following them in the standings are the No. 3 Raptors at 37-29, the No. 4 Chicago Bulls at 37-30, the No. 5 Brooklyn Nets at 34-31, and the No. 6 Washington Wizards at 35-32. The bottom half of the postseason teams in the East are at least looking more respectable when it comes to their records.

The 2014 NBA playoff standings in the Eastern Conference have the 50-16 San Antonio Spurs holding the best record in the league with a 10-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder sit 1 1/2 games back at 49-18 and the LA Clippers are 3 1/2 games back at 48-21. Behind the three top teams are the 45-22 Houston Rockets at No. 4, the 44-24 Portland Trail Blazers at No. 5, and the 43-26 Golden State Warriors at No. 6. The 41-27 Dallas Mavericks have moved up to the No. 7 seed and the 39-27 Memphis Grizzlies currently hold the No. 8 seed. The only team left with a shot to break back into the field are the 38-29 Phoenix Suns at 1 1/2 games back from the No. 8 spot.

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