By By Noah Levick
The top five seeds in the Eastern Conference have all sealed playoff spots, while several teams below them are still jostling to get in to the postseason in this edition of our power rankings.
1. Bucks (57-19) Last ranking: 1
After losing to the Cavs last Wednesday, Milwaukee rattled off four straight wins. Injuries remain a bigger concern for the Bucks than on-court performance. Giannis Antetokounmpo still doesn’t feel like he’s recovered from the ankle sprain he sustained on March 17 vs. the Sixers, and he tweaked the injury again Thursday night. Rookie Donte DiVincenzo is out for the season with a heel injury.
2. Raptors (53-23) Last ranking: 2
Four games behind Milwaukee with six to play, Toronto looks locked in to the No. 2 spot. Marc Gasol has yet to become a real part of the Raptors’ offense. Over his last two games, wins by Toronto over the Bulls and Knicks, Gasol scored a total of four points and shot 1 for 10 in 43 minutes.
3. Sixers (48-27) Last ranking: 3
The Sixers appeared borderline invincible at this time last week. Disappointing losses at Atlanta and Orlando have changed that, though Thursday’s win over Brooklyn was the ideal response. Wednesday vs. the Hawks is a good opportunity for the Sixers to fully wipe away some of the bad memories from their last two games against Atlanta, and to show their pick-and-roll defense is capable of doing the basics right...