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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Insider: Navigating the Atlantic

By Chris Forsberg


Who wins the Atlantic Division? ESPN Insider's Kevin Pelton said the Celtics' chances are low (6.3 percent), but there's encouraging news for Boston:
The problem for the Celtics is that playing well the rest of the season isn't enough to win the division. Boston will need both the Knicks and the Nets to slump to have a chance. As poorly as New York has played since the All-Star break, the Celtics have gained just a game and a half in the standings in the last month. Repeating that won't be enough to let Boston finish atop the division. At this point, seeding is more important for the Celtics, and there's better news there. In nearly a sixth of all simulations, Boston uses the manageable schedule to land a top-four seed and home-court advantage for the first round.

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