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NBA Playoff standings: Raptors making late bid for top seed in the East, but Cavs still on top

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Cavs hanging on to top spot

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We have less than a month to go in the regular season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are still in line for the Eastern Conference's top seed. With just 12 games to go, the 50-20 Cleveland Cavaliers are putting together one of the best regular seasons of the franchise's history. Will it be enough to withstand a late challenge from the Toronto Raptors? It's hard to say, particularly as it seems the Cavs are inclined to rest starters instead of pushing for the top spot.

From ESPN.com, here are the latest standings:

Eastern Conference
W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PPG OPP PPG DIFF STRK L10
1y -Cleveland Cavaliers 50 20 .714 - 29-6 21-14 6-5 28-13 103.9 97.8 +6.1 W1 7-3
2Toronto Raptors 48 21 .696 1.5 28-8 20-13 11-1 33-11 103.0 98.3 +4.8 W4 8-2
3Miami Heat 40 29 .580 9.5 23-13 17-16 8-5 25-19 99.3 97.9 +1.4 W1 7-3
4Atlanta Hawks 41 30 .577 9.5 23-13 18-17 7-7 23-19 102.6 99.1 +3.5 L1 8-2
5Boston Celtics 41 30 .577 9.5 24-12 17-18 9-6 28-19 106.0 102.3 +3.7 W2 5-5
6Charlotte Hornets 40 30 .571 10 27-11 13-19 7-7 25-15 103.0 100.8 +2.2 W1 8-2
7Indiana Pacers 37 33 .529 13 21-13 16-20 6-7 24-18 101.8 100.3 +1.4 W1 6-4
8Chicago Bulls 36 33 .522 13.5 24-12 12-21 7-5 21-21 101.8 102.9 -1.1 W3 6-4
Detroit Pistons 37 34 .521 13.5 22-12 15-22 8-6 23-20 102.1 101.5 +0.7 W3 6-4
Washington Wizards 35 35 .500 15 19-17 16-18 8-5 26-20 103.2 103.9 -0.8 W5 5-5

There is a bit of a race for the 8th seed right now. All three of the Bulls, Pistons, and Wizards have had some success against the Cavs so far this season. It's hard to say what that means, if anything. Getting the top seed would mean home court advantage through the Finals, but we saw last season that a top seed wasn't essential to get there. We will see.