NBA Eastern Conference power rankings

  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 3:33 PM

Eastern Conference

1. Miami

Are you going to bet against the best player on the planet and a team that won 27 consecutive games on its way to a 37-2 season finish?

2. Chicago

The streak-busting Bulls won 45 games without Derrick Rose, so don’t underestimate coach and defensive savant Tom Thibodeau, particularly if Joakim Noah comes back healthy.

3. New York

Seemingly the biggest threat to Miami in the East, particularly given the way Carmelo Anthony finished the season, but a first-round meeting with nemesis Celtics could be tricky.

4. Indiana

The Pacers are back in playoffs one year after leading the Heat 2-1 in the second round, this time with an improved Paul George and their physical defense anchored by 7-2 Roy Hibbert.

5. BROOKLYN

Deron Williams played as well down the stretch as he stunk early this season, but the Nets might only go as far as Brook Lopez takes them.

6. Boston

With Ray Allen gone to Miami and Rajon Rondo out injured, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are left to carry on, but the Celtics’ chances might rely on an emerging Jeff Green.

7. Atlanta

Last chance for Josh Smith and Hawks to make a playoff run before management likely tries a complete rebuild this summer.

8. Milwaukee

The only playoff team with a losing record, the Bucks might need Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings to play great to avoid a Heat sweep.

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Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 Bottom 9th Inning
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 5 Top 5th Inning
Houston 4
Minnesota 0 Top 2nd Inning
Boston 0
Boston 19 1st Qtr 4:42
Charlotte 13
LA Lakers 11 1st Qtr 5:25
Philadelphia 22
Houston 6:30 PM
Toronto
Milwaukee 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Sacramento 7:00 PM
Memphis
Utah 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Portland
Tampa Bay 6:30 PM
Montreal
Vancouver 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Calgary 7:30 PM
Dallas
Los Angeles 7:30 PM
Chicago
Edmonton 8:00 PM
Colorado
Buffalo 9:00 PM
Arizona
ULM 7:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Dayton 25 1st Half 10:56
(1) Connecticut 25
(6) Tennessee 8:00 PM
(4) Maryland
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