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NBA Standings Watch: Where do the Raptors Stand?

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Fifty games into the season, we take a quick peek at the Raptors standing in the Eastern Conference.

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Last time we checked in on the Eastern Conference standings, the Raptors were in the midst of a lull, and sat at 27-15 and third in the conference.

Since then, the Raptors have gone on a 6-2 run, which looks good on paper, but if you subscribe to the "Process > Results" view, does not bode well for the rest of the season. After the Raptors went on a six game win-streak that had Dwane Casey complaining about the negative talk surrounding their play, they have promptly proceeded to lose two VERY ugly games to Milwaukee and Brooklyn at home. So after all that, here's what the standings look like:

Eastern Conference
EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 Atlanta 41 9 .820 - 24-3 17-6 7-2 28-6 103.4 96.5 +6.9 Won 1 9-1
2 Toronto 33 17 .660 8 18-9 15-8 9-1 23-10 105.8 101.1 +4.7 Lost 2 7-3
3 Washington 31 19 .620 10 18-8 13-11 5-5 20-11 99.8 98.2 +1.7 Lost 4 4-6
4 Cleveland 30 20 .600 11 18-9 12-11 5-2 19-9 101.7 99.1 +2.6 Won 11 10-0
5 Chicago 30 20 .600 11 13-11 17-9 4-3 18-11 101.9 99.9 +2.0 Lost 3 4-6
6 Milwaukee 27 22 .551 13 ½ 12-10 15-12 5-5 18-13 98.7 96.7 +2.0 Won 5 7-3
7 Charlotte 21 27 .438 19 12-13 9-14 5-4 15-12 94.8 96.9 -2.2 Won 2 7-3
8 Miami 21 28 .429 19 ½ 8-15 13-13 3-7 14-15 92.6 96.3 -3.7 Lost 2 4-6

The Raptors are hanging on to the #2 seed for the time being, but don't expect that to last too long. Not only has their play dropped off significantly, the schedule takes a turn for the worse. Over the next week, here are Toronto's games to take us into the All-Star break: vs LA Clippers, vs San Antonio, vs Washington.

Personally, I'd be happy for the Raptors to steal one of those three games, even though the games are at Home. So 1-2 is my prediction for the week. Thoughts?