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The Atlantic Division Down The Stretch


A post every Friday morning from here till the end of the regular season, detailing the upcoming schedules and matchups for the three Atlantic Division contenders:

Standings: 

Standing Team Record Games Behind Notes
T-1 Philadelphia 28-22 - Tiebreaker over Boston
T-1 Boston 28-22 -
3 New York 26-25 2.5
4 Toronto 17-34 11.5
5 New Jersey 17-35 12

 

Upcoming Schedules:

76ers:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Record
Friday 3/30/2012 Washington Away 11-39
Saturday 3/31/2012 Atlanta Home 30-22
Tuesday 4/3/2012 Miami Away 36-13
Wednesday 4/4/2012 Toronto Home 17-34

Celtics:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Record
Friday 3/30/2012 Minnesota Away 25-27
Sunday 4/1/2012 Miami Home 36-13
Wednesday 4/4/2012 San Antonio Home 35-14
Thursday 4/5/2012 Chicago Away 41-11

Knicks:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Record
Friday 3/30/2012 Atlanta Away 30-22
Saturday 3/31/2012 Cleveland Home 17-31
Tuesday 4/3/2012 Indiana Away 30-20
Thursday 4/5/2012 Orlando Away 32-19

 

Injuries (info from basketball-reference.com):

76ers: Andre Iguodala (knee – day-to-day)

Celtics: Mickael Pietrus (concussion – out), Jermaine O’Neal (wrist – out for year), Chris Wilcox (heart irregularity – out for year/waived), Ray Allen (ankle – day-to-day)

New York: Amar’e Stoudemire (back – out), Jeremy Lin (knee – day-to-day), Jared Jeffries (knee, out), Bill Walker (elbow – out)

 

Notes:

By the looks of it, the Sixers have the easiest schedule this week. Two games against bottom dwellers versus just one for the Knicks and none for the Celtics. Miami obviously won’t be easy for either the Celtics or Sixers. None of these teams play each other until next Sunday, when the Sixers and Celtics meet. The Knicks and Sixers have already finished their season series.

So, the Sixers need to capitalize on this stretch. A 3-1 record would be great given the schedules the other teams have.

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