The race to secure the number one spot in the Eastern Conference has begun, the race is between the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Washington Wizards, the Toronto Raptors, and the Atlanta Hawks. As of now the Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-16. The Celtics are only 3 games behind the Cavs though. But the team that could steal the first place position is the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors just acquired Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. This is a solid pickup for the Raps as they chase the Cavs, a power forward that can shoot threes and play a little defense, he should do well. The Hawks are on the edge of being out of this race as they sit at number 5 in the East with a record of 32-24. But the Washington Wizards are on a 4 game winning streak, but they do face a tough schedule coming out of the All-Star Break. They play in Philadelphia and then at home versus the Jazz and the Warriors, and close it out with back-to-back games against the Toronto Raptors. Projected record through that I think will be 3-2 or 2-3. I think that either the Celtics, Cavaliers, or the Wizards will come out on top of this eastern conference.