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NBA Standings 2012: 76ers Hanging Onto 7th Playoff Spot

The NBA's regular season officially reached its final month on Sunday, and with just 26 days to go in the season the Philadelphia 76ers have a bit of work to do if they'd like their season to continue into the playoffs. After Saturday night's 95-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the seventh-place Sixers (29-23) own a 2 1/2-game advantage on the eighth-place New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings.

Philly also is five games better than ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks, who are more than likely trying to just chase down the Knicks to sneak into the postseason.


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
Chicago Bulls 53 42-11 .792
Miami Heat 50 37-13 .740
Orlando Magic 52 32-20 .615
Boston Celtics 51 29-22 .569
Indiana Pacers 51 30-21 .588
Atlanta Hawks 54 31-23 .574
Philadelphia 76ers 52 29-23 .558
New York Knicks 53 27-26 .509
Milwaukee Bucks 52 24-28 .462
Detroit Pistons 52 19-33 .365
New Jersey Nets 54 19-35 .352
Cleveland Cavaliers 50 17-33 .340
Toronto Raptors 52 17-35 .327
Washington Wizards 51 12-39 .235
Charlotte Bobcats 50 7-43 .140

However, a lot can change in the final three weeks of the season, especially in the next four games which features games against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

Here's a look at Philly's upcoming schedule:


76ers Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Miami Tue 04/03 7:30 PM EDT
Toronto Wed 04/04 7:00 PM EDT
Orlando Sat 04/07 8:00 PM EDT
@ Boston Sun 04/08 6:00 PM EDT
@ New Jersey Tue 04/10 7:30 PM EDT

Last 5 Games

Atlanta Sat 03/31 W 95 - 90
@ Washington Fri 03/30 L 76 - 97
Cleveland Tue 03/27 W 103 - 85
@ San Antonio Sun 03/25 L 76 - 93
Boston Fri 03/23 W 99 - 86

For more on Sixers basketball, make sure to check out the SB Nation blog Liberty Ballers.