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The Atlantic Division Down the Stretch (4/6)

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Standings:

Standing Team Record Games Behind Notes
1 Boston 30-24 -
2 Philadelphia 29-25 1
3 New York 28-27 2.5
4 Toronto 20-35 10.5
5 New Jersey 19-37 12

 

Last Week’s Schedule and Results

76ers:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Friday 3/30/2012 Washington Away L, 97-76
Saturday 3/31/2012 Atlanta Home W, 95-90
Tuesday 4/3/2012 Miami Away L, 99-93
Wednesday 4/4/2012 Toronto Home L, 99-78

Celtics:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Friday 3/30/2012 Minnesota Away W, 100-79
Sunday 4/1/2012 Miami Home W, 91-72
Wednesday 4/4/2012 San Antonio Home L, 87-86
Thursday 4/5/2012 Chicago Away L, 93-86

Knicks:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Friday 3/30/2012 Atlanta Away L, 100-90
Saturday 3/31/2012 Cleveland Home W, 91-75
Tuesday 4/3/2012 Indiana Away L, 112-104
Thursday 4/5/2012 Orlando Away W, 96-80

 

Upcoming Schedule:

76ers

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Record
Saturday 4/7/2012 Orlando Home 32-23
Sunday 4/8/2012 Boston Away 30-24
Tuesday 4/10/2012 New Jersey Away 19-37
Wednesday 4/11/2012 Toronto Away 20-35

Celtics:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Record
Saturday 4/7/2012 Indiana Away 33-21
Sunday 4/8/2012 Philadelphia Home 29-25
Tuesday 4/10/2012 Miami Away 39-14
Wednesday 4/11/2012 Atlanta Home 32-23

Knicks:

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Record
Sunday 4/8/2012 Chicago Home 43-13
Tuesday 4/10/2012 Chicago Away 43-13
Wednesday 4/11/2012 Milwaukee Away 26-28

Injuries (info from Basketball-Reference.com):

Sixers: None

Celtics: Mickael Pietrus (concussion – out indefinitely), Jermaine O”Neal (wrist – out for year)

Knicks: Jeremy Lin (knee – out for regular season), Amar’e Stoudemire (back – out), Jared Jeffries (knee – out)

Notes:

The Sixers caught a break last week yet dropped two games that were easily winnable: at Washington and home to Toronto. They catch a break with injuries, as the roster is largely uninjured, if a bit tired. But all teams are worn down at this juncture, so that’s no excuse. The Knicks beat who they should have beaten, with a hat-tip to Stan Van Gundy. Boston beat Miami and lost contested battles to San Antonio and Chicago in what started a touch stretch for the Celts.  However, it’s hard to consider the Sixers favorites despite Boston’s schedule because of the quality of each team at the current moment.

Again, the Sixers have an easier schedule than New York or Boston this week. Seemingly winnable games against Orlando (provided Van Gundy is still coaching), New Jersey, and Toronto surround the Sixers’ biggest game remaining, at Boston on Sunday. Strangely, if the Sixers win that game, they could realistically have a 2 game lead over Boston. Of course, that would require taking care of business, and the Sixers haven’t been doing so as of late.

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