Report: Cavs know ‘exactly’ where they are in standings and have their eyes on No. 3 seed

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The Cleveland Cavaliers recently clinched a spot in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, but the squad isn’t fully satisfied just yet.

Cleveland has a real shot at moving up to the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with just a handful of games left in the regular season. It seems like the organization has its eyes on doing just that.

As it stands right now, the fourth-place Cavs would have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the fifth-place New York Knicks.

It was recently reported that some within the Cavs organization are privately hoping to face off against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. The Nets are currently in sixth place, though they have the same record (40-35) as the Miami Heat.

When asked recently about a potential playoff matchup against Cleveland, Nets center Nic Claxton offered a confident statement.

If Cleveland can move up to the third seed, it could end up getting its wish and facing off against the Nets. The final stretch of the regular season projects to be kind to the Cavaliers, as they have the second-lowest strength of schedule remaining, per Tankathon.

Something interesting to note is that the Philadelphia 76ers, who are currently in third place in the East and have a 1.5-game lead on the Cavs, have the second-toughest remaining schedule in the league.

The Eastern Conference might look a bit different next week if results go certain ways.

Regardless of where they end up, the Cavs are undoubtedly happy that they’ll be back in the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will surely be rocking during the team’s first home playoff game next month.

At home during the playoffs, the Cavs have an all-time record of 77-36. On the road, that record switches to 48-68.

This season, Cleveland has a 30-8 record at home, which ranks fourth in the entire league. The squad has made its home court a fortress all season long and will look to continue that in the playoffs.

Cleveland’s next contest will be on Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

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