nba_rankings_945

Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 56-13
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The Warriors won their rematch with the Atlanta Hawks. Golden State is closing in on the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the postseason.
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 53-16
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Despite going on a long road trip, the Hawks maintain a nine-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Atlanta wasn’t able to complete the sweep over Golden State.
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 49-21
The Grizzlies won three of four games this week, including wins over Dallas and Portland. They are holding onto the second spot in the West.
4 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 46-23
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James Harden scored 50 points last week, but the talk is centered around Dwight Howard’s return. The Rockets may be better without a limited Howard in the lineup.
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 45-26
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The Cavaliers earned a big win over the Pacers. It gave Cleveland the coveted playoff berth. They start a mini road trip on Sunday, but the schedule seems relatively light.
6 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 45-25
The Clippers have won three straight to hold the fifth seed in the West. With Blake Griffin back in the lineup, look for Los Angeles to make a run for home-court advantage. DeAndre Jordan is still controlling the paint on both ends.
7 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 43-25
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The Spurs lost to the Knicks in overtime. San Antonio has been just splendid in regulation games. They face Atlanta on Sunday.
8 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 44-26
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The Mavericks couldn’t get a win over the Grizzlies. Dallas has the toughest schedule in the NBA in the next two weeks.
9 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 44-24
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Portland has had some bad losses this season. Some of those losses have been players succumbing to injuries. They have a four-game losing streak entering their game with Golden State.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 39-30
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This is likely the team that will vie for the final playoff berth in the West. Oklahoma City defeated Atlanta for a big home win. The Thunder have a two-game lead over New Orleans.
11 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 40-28
Chicago has been one of the most injury-riddled teams in the NBA. Still, they need to beat teams like Detroit in the stretch run.
12 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 37-32
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New Orleans lost a pair of games to fall back in the Western Conference race. They have one more road game before starting a three-game home stand.
13 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 41-28
The Raptors had a chance to make a statement, but a 16-point loss to Chicago kept the teams in a virtual tie for the third-best record in the East. Toronto must get in playoff mode now.
14 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 40-29
Washington has turned the season around to secure a five seed or better. They have two more important road games before returning home on Wednesday.
15 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 37-33
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Phoenix is still holding onto their playoff hopes. They have won three games in a row.
16 Miami Heat Miami Heat 32-36
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The Miami Heat are starting to roll right now. They are quietly eying the six seed in the East.
17 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 30-38
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Boston controls the final playoff spot, even though they lost their last two games.
18 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 34-35
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The Bucks have not been the same since the trade deadline. Milwaukee is currently on a five-game losing streak. They still hold the six seed in the East, however.
19 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 31-38
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Utah has been one of the best teams in the West over the last month. The young guys just need to continue to develop.
20 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 30-39
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As soon as Indiana made the playoff race interesting, the Pacers decided to lose five straight. Paul George could be back in the next week or so.
21 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 29-38
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Charlotte has lost three consecutive games to fall a half game out of the final playoff spot in the East. They need a quick turnaround to make the postseason.
22 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 29-39
Brooklyn is still in the running for the final playoff spot. They have won four of their last five, including a triple OT win over Milwaukee. Nets have a big game with Boston coming up.
23 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 26-44
The Nuggets have come back down to earth by losing three straight road games by double figures. Denver has one more road game before getting back home.
24 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 23-45
The Kings lost four straight before defeating the Hornets at home. Sacramento has two more home games before hitting the road.
25 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 25-44
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Detroit’s playoff hopes went downhill fast. Instead, the Pistons are on a fast track to the lottery.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 22-49
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The Magic broke a six-game losing streak with a win over Portland. Elfrid Payton had consecutive triple-doubles last week.
27 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 17-52
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Philadelphia won back-to-back games over Detroit and New York. They face the Lakers in a meaningful game for ping-pong balls.
28 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 17-50
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The Lakers were the fourth team to reach 50 losses this week. With 15 games left, there’s still a chance to earn the worst record in the NBA.
29 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 15-53
Minnesota broke their six-game losing streak with a win over New York. Andrew Wiggins leads the team in points, steals and minutes played.
30 New York Knicks New York Knicks 14-55
The Knicks have lost the most games in the NBA. Still, they played well enough to beat the Spurs, and lose to Minnesota and Philadelphia.