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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 60-13
The Golden State Warriors are a few games away from clinching the West. They are guaranteed to have home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 55-18
The Hawks clinched home court in the Eastern Conference, so they will rest their starters down the stretch. Atlanta has lost four of their last six games.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 50-23
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The Rockets have won four straight games, despite losing more players to injury. Houston is in position to earn the second seed in the West after winning their 50th game.
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 47-27
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Cleveland can only clinch the second seed in the East. They have a big week with Miami and Chicago on the schedule.
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 50-23
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The Grizzlies got blasted by Cleveland and Golden State in back-to-back games. They are close to losing the second seed in the West.
6 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 48-25
The Clippers have won six straight games as the end of March approaches. They have a big game with Golden State coming up this week.
7 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 46-26
San Antonio is hitting their playoff stride. The Spurs are 3½ games out of the second spot in the West. They still haven’t clinched a postseason berth.
8 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 47-25
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Portland bounced back nicely with three wins last week. Let’s see if their winning ways continue in April.
9 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 45-28
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The Mavericks are in good position for the playoffs, but it looks like they will stay in the seventh seed. Their only win in the last four was over San Antonio.
10 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 45-29
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The Bulls still have an opportunity to earn home court in the second round of the playoffs. They are awaiting the return of Derrick Rose before the season ends.
11 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 41-32
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Russell Westbrook is not going to win the MVP. It doesn’t matter how much it gets played up. However, he can lead the Thunder to the postseason. Kevin Durant is out for the season.
12 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 43-30
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The Raptors just can’t get it together over long stretches. Toronto clinched a playoff berth already, but they need to get playoff ready.
13 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 38-34
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New Orleans has been mediocre over the last 10 games. They need to go on a huge run to surpass the Oklahoma City Thunder.
14 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 41-33
Washington is also looking mediocre in the East. With nine games left, it looks like the Wizards will stay at the five seed.
15 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 38-35
Phoenix is still in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the West. They are three games out with 10 games remaining.
16 Miami Heat Miami Heat 33-39
Miami is under .500, yet they are holding the seventh seed in the East. Dwayne Wade is getting playoff ready.
17 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 32-40
The Celtics are holding onto the final playoff spot in the East. This should play out until the final day of the season.
18 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 36-37
Milwaukee continues to struggle after the trade. The Bucks did get a huge win over Miami at the buzzer. Still, they have dropped below .500.
19 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 32-41
Utah knocked off Oklahoma City, and they are approaching .500 at home. The Jazz continue to get better on a nightly basis.
20 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 31-41
Indiana is a game out of the final playoff spot. They are still holding out Paul George. The Pacers have 10 games left to make a decision.
21 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 31-41
Charlotte earned a huge win over a depleted Atlanta roster. They are in the same position as Indiana.
22 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 31-40
Brooklyn might be the team best suited to earn the final playoff spot in the East. A key win over Cleveland surely helped.
23 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 28-46
Denver has been an average team since firing Brian Shaw. They should have been much better all year long.
24 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 26-46
Sacramento is getting acclimated to the new system under George Karl. Let’s see if they can finish the season strong.
25 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 28-44
The Pistons won four games in a row, including three over playoff contenders. Reggie Jackson might be the answer at point guard.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 22-52
Orlando seems to have their backcourt of the future in place. The end of the season can be huge for the confidence of the Magic.
27 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 19-52
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The Lakers are on the verge of winning 20 games. Still they are in the bottom five of the league.
28 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 18-55
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The 76ers have the third worst record in the league. That means they are getting ready for the lottery again. Will they take another big man?
29 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 16-56
Minnesota lost two in a row, but they are happy about the development of their young players. They can still fall below the Knicks.
30 New York Knicks New York Knicks 14-60
The Knicks are close to clinching the worst record and the most ping-pong balls. Otherwise, there’s nothing to see here.