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What’s the Path to the Playoffs for the East’s Middle Class?

While the Western Conference is presently a mess of 14 teams battling for playoff position (sorry, Phoenix), the East standings are neatly sorted as we head into the season’s second half. The top five teams are near-locks for the postseason, with Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Philadelphia and Boston set to battle for seeding down the stretch. On the flip side of the East standings, the conference’s bottom tier should see a solid tankathon over the next three months. The Cavaliers are a mess and look destined for the league’s worst record. Don’t discount the tankability in New York, Chicago or Atlanta, either.