Barring an incredible 8 game collapse on the part of Atlanta, coupled with an incredible 8 game performance by Philadelphia, it seems that the Hawks are fated to meet the Magic in round one of the NBA Playoffs. However, as the saying goes, “never say never.” Or maybe a more applicable one is “be careful what you wish for.”
The Last 8
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently four games behind the Hawks and have a semi-favorable schedule that does include 4 games against opponents with winning records. The Hawks have it worse, facing four top 4 seeds in their last 8 games. Maybe it’s a moot point right now. After all, Orlando is about as far behind Miami as Philly is behind Atlanta. So, the matchup most likely stands. However, the difference may indeed be how the Hawks and Magic play over their final 8 games.
In the case of the Magic, they already know their bread is buttered with Dwight Howard. If he’s happy and the perimeter jumpers fall, Orlando will go into the playoffs with a