- Kevin Pelton, ESPN Staff Writer
We can essentially close the book on five of the NBA's six division races. Realistically, there's only one division race worth watching in the final month of the regular season: the Atlantic. The New York Knicks have been alone atop the division since Nov. 4, but a recent four-game losing streak has allowed the rival Brooklyn Nets to climb within a game of first place. And the Boston Celtics, who have dominated the Atlantic since 2007-08, are within striking distance of their sixth consecutive division championship, sitting 3½ games behind the Knicks.
So, with the help of 1,000 simulations of the remainder of the season, let's handicap each team's chances of winning the Atlantic.
Kevin Pelton handicaps which team -- New York, Brooklyn or Boston -- will win the NBA's Atlantic Division.