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Knicks magic number, playoff picture in East

Landry Fields of the Knicks drives against Utah's

Landry Fields of the Knicks drives against Utah's Raja Bell. (Mar. 7, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

With Thursday's night blowout win over Memphis, the Knicks maintained their No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. And, with 15 games left to play, the Knicks' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to 8 (they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Charlotte with a 2-0 record and one game remaining against the Bobcats).

Below is a look at the standings and the games remaining for the Hawks, Knicks and Sixers as the three teams juggle for positioning.

Rank Team Record GB
1 Chicago Bulls 49-18 --
2 Boston Celtics 48-18 0.5
3 Miami Heat 46-22 3.5
4 Orlando Magic 43-26 7
5 Atlanta Hawks 39-29 10.5
6 New York Knicks 35-32 14
7 Philadelphia 76ers 35-33 14.5
8 Indiana Pacers 29-39 20.5
Outside looking in
9 Charlotte Bobcats 28-39 21
10 Milwaukee Bucks 26-41 23

GAMES REMAINING (key games in italics)

Atlanta (14)

Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, Houston, San Antonio, Indiana, Washington, Miami, Charlotte.

Knicks (15)

Detroit, Milwaukee, Boston, Orlando, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Orlando, New Jersey, Cleveland, Toronto, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Indiana, Chicago, Boston.

Philadelphia (14)

Sacramento, Portland, Atlanta, Miami, Sacramento, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Boston, Knicks, Toronto, Orlando, Detroit.


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