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Just over one-third of the way through the NBA season, things seem to be coming into 


Tanking Teams: These teams are are fighting for the No. 1 pick.

30 – Atlanta Hawks (6-23) – (Last Week: 28)

29 – Cleveland Cavaliers (7-23) – (Last Week: 27)

28 -- Chicago Bulls (7-23) – (Last Week: 28)

27 – New York Knicks (9-22) – (Last Week: 26)


26 – Phoenix Suns (6-24) – (Last Week: 30)

The Suns won two straight to close out the week and that coincided with the return of potential All-Star Devin Booker, who scored 28 in his first game back. The Suns have six wins, five of them at home this season, but they have a ton of young talent that seems to be getting better with each subsequent game. Not to mention, they just acquired some exciting young pieces in Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers that could help them down the line. 


25 -- Washington Wizards (12-18) – (Last Week: 24)

24 – Miami Heat (13-16) – (Last Week: 23)


23 -- Brooklyn Nets (13-18) – (Last Week: 25)

The Nets have the second-longest winning streak in the NBA, having won five straight, including wins over the 76ers, Wizards, and Hawks this week. In those three contests, they've scored at least 125 points. This week, Brooklyn has a tough test with four games in six days, including a back-to-back against the Lakers and Bulls.


22 – Orlando Magic (14-15) – (Last Week: 22)

21 – Charlotte Hornets (14-15) – (Last Week: 21)


Lottery Leaders: These could make the playoffs, or they could land in the lottery.


20 -- Minnesota Timberwolves (13-16) – (Last Week: 19)

The T-Wolves have lost four in a row, all on the road, and continue to prove a simple trend; they are really good at home and really bad on the road, going 11-4 at Target Center and 2-12 away from Minnesota. This week they have an even split of home and road games -- two at home against Sacramento and Detroit and two road games versus San Antonio and OKC -- that could do them some good.


19 – Utah Jazz (14-16) – (Last Week: 17)

18 – Detroit Pistons (14-13) – (Last Week: 14)


17 – Houston Rockets (14-14) – (Last Week: 20)

When the Rockets are healthy, it seems like they can beat anyone. The James Harden-Chris Paul combo beat the Lakers, Trail Blazers, and Grizzlies this past week -- all three are top-eight teams in the West right now. If they make the playoffs, they're the team no one else will want to face.


16 – Sacramento Kings (16-13) – (Last Week: 18)

15 – San Antonio Spurs (15-15) – (Last Week: 16)

14 – New Orleans Pelicans (15-16) – (Last Week: 15)

13 – Dallas Mavericks (15-13) – (Last Week: 13)

12 – Memphis Grizzlies (16-13) – (Last Week: 11)


11 – Portland Trail Blazers (16-13) – (Last Week: 12)

Despite losses at the Rockets and Grizzlies, a 128-122 win at home against the Raptors proves that the Trail Blazers are still a team to be reckoned with. They're currently the No. 8 seed in the West, but expect Damian Lillard & Co. to end up closer to the No. 4 or 5 seed. 

Warriors Wannabes: Likely playoff teams and possible title contenders.


10 -- Los Angeles Clippers (17-12) – (Last Week: 6)

The Clippers' warts are starting to show, but that's mostly because they lost their All-Star Sixth Man in Lou Williams to a hamstring injury three games ago. In the three games he has missed, LA dropped battles to the Thunder, Spurs, and Raptors, which they might have lost anyway. Once Sweet Lou returns, we'll have a better idea of just how legit the Clips are.


9 – Boston Celtics (18-11) – (Last Week: 9)


8 – Los Angeles Lakers (18-12) – (Last Week: 8)

The Lakers would own the No. 4 seed in the West if the season ended today. Going from being an iffy lottery team to one led by future Hall-of-Famer LeBron James, the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10, including an 11-4 record at home. Any team with LeBron is going to be just fine once they get a few games under their belt. 


7 – Indiana Pacers (20-10) – (Last Week: 10)

The Pacers are the hottest team in the NBA currently with seven wins in a row. Victor Oladipo returned to the lineup and everything continued to click for Indiana, as they notched four straight wins just this week. Because of that, Indy is now just two games out of the top spot in the East. 


6 – Philadelphia 76ers (20-11) – (Last Week: 3)

5 – Milwaukee Bucks (19-9) – (Last Week: 4)

4 – Oklahoma City Thunder (18-10) – (Last Week: 5)

3 – Toronto Raptors (23-9) – (Last Week: 1)


2 – Denver Nuggets (20-9) – (Last Week: 7)

The Nuggets are so streaky that they've gone from No. 2 in our Power Rankings, down to No. 7 last week, and now back to No. 2 with three wins and zero losses over the past week. They've won eight of the last 10 and are now a half-game up on the Warriors for the top spot in the West. 


1 – Golden State Warriors (20-10) – (Last Week: 2)

The Warriors seem to have risen from the ashes, and are back in their rightful home at No. 1. Seven wins in 10 games, and six of seven, put the Warriors on pace to win 55 games again this season. It wouldn't be surprising if they top that and go on a big-time run heading into the All-Star Break.


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