Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hawks or Bulls? Here's the latest
By Mike Mazzeo
So who will the fourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets face in the playoffs this weekend? Here's the latest on the race for the No. 5 seed:
The Atlanta Hawks (44-36) currently lead the Chicago Bulls (44-37) by a half-game in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
On Tuesday night, the Hawks will take on Toronto (32-48) at Philips Arena. If the Hawks win, they will reduce their magic number to clinch the No. 5 seed to one. If they lose, the Hawks and Bulls would be tied again in the standings, and Chicago would once again control its own destiny.
Atlanta closes out its regular season against the Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Bulls are idle on Tuesday night. They close out their regular season against Washington (29-52) on Wednesday night at United Center.
Chicago holds the tiebreaker over Atlanta by virtue of winning the season-series between the two teams, 2-1.
Essentially, the Nets won't know who they face in the first round until late Wednesday night.