Jockeying for position: Five to go
A glance at the updated standings:
The Celtics have a chance Tuesday to snag the Atlantic Division title in New York (a win and a Philadelphia loss seals it). In the race to determine Boston's first-round opponent (and home-court advantage for that series), here's a look at each team's remaining schedule:
Boston: at Knicks, Magic, at Hawks, Heat, Bucks
Atlanta: Pistons, Celtics, Knicks, Clippers, Mavericks
Orlando: at Celtics, at Jazz, at Nuggets, Bobcats, at Grizzlies
The Hawks have the benefit of five home games (but the competition is somewhat strong), while the Magic will be well-rested before Wednesday's visit to TD Garden.
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