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Playoff Picture: Charlotte Hornets hold ninth spot in standings

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With the playoffs closing in quickly, it's time to take a look at the standings.

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We're just a few months from the start of the NBA Playoffs.

It makes sense, then, to keep an eye on the standings and see where the Charlotte Hornets rank among its Eastern Conference contemporaries. This week, the Hornets have just three games — one against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are on a tear since LeBron James returned to its lineup, another against the tanking New York Knicks, and the final against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Hornets are currently in the ninth spot. If their winning ways continue, though, that will soon change. That's a big if. The Hornets' most recent win streak came without Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson available in most games, so it will be interesting to see what happens when they regain the minutes they played early in the season.

TEAM WINS LOSSES GAMES BEHIND LAST 10 GAMES UPCOMING GAMES
ATLANTA 35 8 0 10-0 vs OKC, vs MIN, vs BKN
WASHINGTON 29 14 6.0 7-3 @ POR, @ DEN, @ LAL, @ PHX
TORONTO 27 15 7.5 3-7 @ PHI, vs DET, @ IND, vs SAC
CHICAGO 27 16 8.0 4-6 vs SAS, @ DAL, vs MIA, @ GSW
CLEVELAND 23 20 12.0 4-6 vs CHA, vs OKC, @ DET, vs POR
MILWAUKEE 21 20 13.0 6-4 vs UTA, vs DET, @ SAS, @MIA, @ ORL
MIAMI 18 24 16.5 6-4 vs IND, @ CHI, vs MIL
BROOKLYN 18 24 16.5 2-8 @ LAC, @ UTA, vs POR, @ ATL
CHARLOTTE 18 25 17.0 8-2 @ CLE, vs NYK, @ SAS
DETROIT 17 26 18.0 7-3 @ MIL, @ TOR, vs CLE, @ PHI
INDIANA 15 29 20.5 2-8 @ MIA, @ ORL, vs TOR, vs NYK
BOSTON 13 26 20.0 2-8 @ POR, @ DEN, @ GSW, @ UTA, @ MIN
ORLANDO 15 30 21.0 2-8 @ NYK, vs IND, @ MEM, vs MIL
PHILADELPHIA 8 34 26.5 4-6 vs TOR, @ MEM, @ NOP, vs DET
NEW YORK 7 36 28.0 2-8 vs ORL, @ CHA, vs SAC, vs OKC, @ IND

(Bolded teams would be in the playoffs if the playoffs started today.)

How do you feel about the Hornets' upcoming schedule?