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NBA standings watch: Bulls, Raptors losses move Cleveland Cavaliers up in Eastern Conference

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Your Cleveland Cavaliers are the two seed in the Eastern Conference

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At some point, we will have an argument over what seed the Cleveland Cavaliers should want heading into the playoffs. Today, though, they are the number two seed in the East, leaping over the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors after both lost on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlanta Hawks have a stranglehold on the top seed and are unlikely to relinquish it anytime soon. The Cavs' goal, then, is to simply hold on to the spot they have now. Toronto is now 1-8 in their last nine games, and while their schedule is likely to get easier, they have to start playing better basketball. The Washington Wizards have been struggling for two months now. The Chicago Bulls are down Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, but also have a very easy schedule.

The Cavs schedule eases up after Thursday night. The team travels to Texas to play the Mavericks and Spurs this week, but things get more manageable. Either way, just getting to a point where they are the two seed at all is a big accomplishment. A lot of people wrote this team off in January. How have they responded?

Here are the full standings. The Indiana Pacers have been pretty good lately. I'm not sure I want to play them in the first round. It might be inevitable.

EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 x - Atlanta 49 13 .790 - 29-4 20-9 9-2 32-9 102.4 96.3 +6.1 Lost 1 7-3
2 Cleveland 40 25 .615 10 ½ 24-9 16-16 6-5 25-13 102.5 98.5 +4.1 Won 1 7-3
3 Chicago 39 25 .609 11 20-13 19-12 6-5 22-14 101.1 98.8 +2.3 Lost 2 5-5
4 Toronto 38 25 .603 11 ½ 21-11 17-14 10-2 26-13 104.4 101.0 +3.4 Lost 3 2-8
5 Washington 35 28 .556 14 ½ 22-10 13-18 7-6 24-18 98.4 97.9 +0.5 Lost 1 2-8
6 Milwaukee 33 29 .532 16 18-11 15-18 5-6 22-15 97.6 96.4 +1.2 Won 1 4-6
7 Charlotte 28 33 .459 20 ½ 15-16 13-17 7-4 21-16 95.3 96.8 -1.5 Won 5 6-4
8 Indiana 28 34 .452 21 16-14 12-20 6-5 20-16 96.1 96.1 -0.0 Won 5 8-2