Celtics

Tracking the home stretch: How the Eastern Conference might shake out

The Boston Celtics woke up in sixth place, thanks to the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks both winning games last night. Boston is now one game out of fourth and one game out of the play-in tournament.

Things are tight. Three games separate the fourth and eighth seed. Two separate four and seven.  The Hawks and Knicks play tonight, with the winner taking sole possession of the fourth seed. Boston, Miami, and Charlotte all have a shot at home court.

Each team in the mix has between 13 and 15 games left to play. Here's a look at how things shake out.

Boston Celtics: Phoenix, @Brooklyn*, @Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Charlotte*, San Antonio, Portland, @Orlando, @Chicago, Miami, Miami, @Cleveland*,  @Minnesota, @New York*

Atlanta Hawks: @New York, Miami, Milwaukee, @Detroit*, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Chicago*,  Portland, Phoenix, @Indiana*, Washington, Washington, Orlando*, Houston

New York Knicks: Atlanta, Toronto, Phoenix, Chicago, @Houston, @Memphis*, @Denver, @Phoenix, @LA Clippers, @LA Lakers, San Antonio, Charlotte,  Boston

Miami Heat: @San Antonio, @Atlanta, Chicago, Chicago, San Antonio, @Cleveland, @Charlotte*, Dallas, Minnesota, @Boston, @Boston, Philadelphia, @Milwaukee, @Detroit*

Charlotte Hornets: @Chicago, Cleveland*, Boston, Milwaukee, @Boston*, Detroit, Miami*, @Detroit, Chicago, Orlando*, New Orleans, Denver, LA Clippers, @New York, @Washington*

*=back to back

According to Tankathon, New York has the toughest remaining schedule, followed by Atlanta, Miami and Boston (tied), and Charlotte.