The NBA regular season may be winding down, but the postseason race is heating up. From now until the playoffs tip, we'll start taking a closer look at the daily action in the Eastern Conference. More specifically, teams the Washington Wizards are battling for playoff seeding. Check back daily for updates, news and notes pertaining to the Wizards' playoff push...
First Quarter: Since last night was a light on the NBA docket, we'll just use this chance to note two streaky stats in the Wizards-Pacers series:
1) Indiana has won 11 of the last 12 meetings including two this season by a combined 47 points
2) With a loss on Friday night at the Verizon Center, the Pacers will have dropped a season-high four straight on the road.
What you may have missed from last night in the Association:
*Trail Blazers 100 Hawks 85: Five straight losses and counting. Atlanta's implosion continues
- 1) Indiana^ (52-20)
- 2) Miami^ (48-22, 3.0 GB)
- 3) Chicago (40-31, 11.0 GB)
- 3) Toronto (40-31, 11.0 GB)
- 5) Brooklyn (37-33, 14.0 GB)
- 6) Washington (36-35, 15.5 GB)
- 7) Charlotte (35-37, 17.0 GB)
- 8) Atlanta (31-40, 20.5 GB)
- 9) NY Knicks (30-42, 22.0 GB)
- 10) Cleveland (29-44, 23.5 GB)
- 11) Detroit (26-45, 25.5 GB)
^ clinched playoff berth
News and notes that might be of interest for the Wizards: Of the eight teams currently occupying playoff berths in the East, Washington's 17-17 home record stands as the worst. The other teams have at least 20 victories. Seven of the Wizards' final 11 games are in Chinatown.
*Pacers @ Wizards: Anyone hoping for a letdown following Indiana's intense win over Miami Wednesday night should know the Pacers are 2-0 after facing the Heat earlier this season.
*Bobcats @ Magic: Charlotte steadily moving closer to Washington and next faces an Orlando squad that is 1-9 over its last 10 games.
*Celtics @ Raptors: Toronto won at Boston on Wednesday. Sweep the home-and-home and a playoff berth is officially theirs. The Knicks falling at Phoenix also clinches the Raptors a spot in the postseason/+
*Cavaliers @ Nets: Brooklyn has won 12 straight home games and now play three straight at the Barclays Center.
*Trail Blazers @ Bulls: Portland scores the second most points in the NBA, while Chicago allowed the second fewest points.
*Knicks @ Suns:New York remains the hottest team in the East with an 8-2 record over its last 10 games.