As of last night, the New York Knicks have finally surpassed the bottom-dropped-out Atlanta Hawks in the EC playoff race. The implication for Magic fans is a slightly worse WONK pick, if the Knicks can hang on to the 8th seed through their final 6 games. Here are the schedules for the Knicks, Hawks, and Cavs (long-shot for the 8th seed).
Hawks (32-42) - Cavs, Pacers, Pistons, Celtics, Nets, Heat, Bobcats, Bucks
Cavaliers (31-45) - Hawks, Bobcats, Pistons, Bucks, Celtics, Nets
None of the three teams has a particularly grueling schedule (every team listed above is in the EC, after all), though the Knicks definitely have the toughest stretch, considering that all of their remaining games are against teams with superior records.
My questions to my fellow Magic/OPP fans: Do you think the Magic are in serious danger of getting a worse WONK pick? Where do you think it will fall? Does it REALLY matter if it's 15th, instead of 12th? Finally, whom would you select that could reasonably fall within that range?
Disclaimer: I know that plenty of WONKY discussions have been had on here, but c'mon...it's been like 2 weeks since the last one.