The Cavs are on a roll. The team has been playing at an elite level for 2+ weeks now, and gone from a middling 19-20 to 29-20 in a relatively short amount of time. Tomorrow's game against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers figures to provide another win. In terms of what the streak has done for Cleveland's playoff positioning, well, it's a mixed bag. On the one hand, the Cavs are still just 5th in the Eastern Conference. They've only moved up one spot since the start of the streak.
On the other hand, they are slowly catching up to the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. They sit just 2 1/2 games back of the 3rd seed, which would likely mean the Cavs would avoid a first round matchup with those teams. The Toronto Raptors have won six straight games and are still 4 1/2 games up on the Cavs for a possible two seed, but their schedule gets really difficult in February. It's unlikely the Cavs can catch them, but there's still a lot of season left.
Here are the standings, courtesy of ESPN.
|4||Chicago||30||19||.612||10 ½||13-11||17-8||4-3||18-11||102.1||99.9||+2.2||Lost 2||4-6|
|5||Cleveland||29||20||.592||11 ½||17-9||12-11||5-2||18-9||101.8||99.4||+2.4||Won 10||10-0|
|6||Milwaukee||25||22||.532||14 ½||11-10||14-12||5-5||17-13||98.7||97.0||+1.7||Won 3||6-4|