NBA Standings And Schedule 2012: Knicks Clinging To Last Playoff Spot

The month of April arrived Sunday, and that means two things: April Fools pranks and the conclusion of the 2012 NBA Season is drawing ever so closer. For New York Knicks fans the next 26 days could be some of the most stressful, as their team is clinging onto a 2 1/2-game lead for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

On Friday, the Knicks downed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 91-75, to keep thier slim margin over the Milwaukee Bucks idle, however, there's still a lot of work to do in the next month. First, the Knicks overcome the loss of point guard Jeremy Lin, and then try to weave their way through the toughest schedule left in the NBA.


Knicks Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Indiana Tue 04/03 7:00 PM EDT
@ Orlando Thu 04/05 7:00 PM EDT
Chicago Sun 04/08 1:00 PM EDT
@ Chicago Tue 04/10 9:30 PM EDT
@ Milwaukee Wed 04/11 8:00 PM EDT

Last 5 Games

Cleveland Sat 03/31 W 91 - 75
@ Atlanta Fri 03/30 L 90 - 100
Orlando Wed 03/28 W 108 - 86
Milwaukee Mon 03/26 W 89 - 80
Detroit Sat 03/24 W 101 - 79

Currently, the Knicks fan base must feel confident in their team's chances as they're now 9-2 under new head coach Mike Woodson. If New York is able to hang on (or if the playoffs started on Monday), the Knicks would face the Chicago Bulls in the first round, as they would be the top seed.

However, a solid push over the next few weeks could move New York all the way up to fourth place. Here's a look at the Eastern Conference standings.


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

For more on the Knicks, be sure to check out our blog Posting and Toasting along with SB Nation New York for all the latest updates and news.

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