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NBA standings watch: Where do the Cavaliers stand?

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If the season ended today, the Cavs would be left without home court in the first round of the playoffs.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers relative struggles are no secret. For any number of reasons, the team hasn't been the dominant force many expected. Injuries, roster shakeups, and disappointing play from several players; it's all happening. It might be turning around, though, and the Cavaliers get two more games they will be favored in this week: home games against the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets. The Cavaliers could be primed to slowly move up the standings.

It won't be easy. They sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, and are a full seven games back of the Washington Wizards for the second seed. The Atlanta Hawks are out of reach barring serious injury. It's very early, but if the season ended today, the Cavs would start the playoffs on the road against the reeling Chicago Bulls. We will keep you updated once a week moving forward on where the Cavs are. It's likely the team will be in the same spot next Wednesday, but also possible that some ground will be made up. It's a long season.

Standings courtesy of ESPN.

Eastern Conference
EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 Atlanta 34 8 .810 - 17-3 17-5 6-2 24-6 103.1 96.3 +6.8 Won 13 10-0
2 Washington 29 13 .690 5 18-5 11-8 5-3 20-8 99.5 96.9 +2.6 Won 2 7-3
3 Toronto 27 14 .659 6 ½ 16-7 11-7 7-0 18-8 106.4 101.1 +5.3 Won 1 3-7
4 Chicago 27 16 .628 7 ½ 12-10 15-6 4-3 18-10 102.1 99.7 +2.4 Lost 2 4-6
5 Cleveland 22 20 .524 12 12-9 10-11 4-2 16-9 100.8 100.5 +0.3 Won 3 4-6
6 Milwaukee 21 20 .512 12 ½ 9-9 12-11 4-5 14-13 98.2 97.1 +1.1 Lost 1 6-4
7 Miami 18 23 .439 15 ½ 7-13 11-10 3-6 11-12 93.3 97.1 -3.8 Lost 1 4-6
8 Brooklyn 17 24 .415 16 ½ 8-14 9-10 5-4 12-16 95.6 97.8 -2.2 Lost 1 2-8