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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Jockeying for position (2 games to go)

By Chris Forsberg


MILWAUKEE -- Both the Celtics and Hawks took care of business Saturday night, meaning Atlanta continues to hold a one-game edge in the race for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games to play in the 2009-10 regular season. Boston, however, holds the tiebreaker as a division champion, so needs only to pull even with the Hawks by season's end to secure the loftier position.

In the race for the No. 5 spot, Milwaukee took a step back with Saturday's loss to visiting Boston. That leaves the Bucks a half game ahead of Miami, which visits the New York Knicks on Sunday. A victory by the Heat would give the teams matching records, but Milwaukee still holds the head-to-head tiebreaker, meaning Miami has to pull ahead in the standings by season's end in order to vault to No. 5.

With a win over Detroit on Saturday, Charlotte remains in the mix for the No. 5/6 seed, but is two games behind both Milwaukee and Miami in the loss column.

Boston Celtics (50-30)
Tuesday - at Chicago (38-41)
Wednesday - vs. Milwaukee (45-35)

Atlanta Hawks (51-29)
Monday - at Milwaukee (45-35)
Wednesday - vs. Cleveland (61-19)

Milwaukee Bucks (45-35)
Monday - vs. Atlanta (51-29)
Wednesday - at Boston (50-30)

Miami Heat (44-35)
Sunday - at New York (28-51)
Monday - at Philadelphia (27-53)
Wednesday - vs. New Jersey (12-68)

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