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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 20-2
Golden State now has a 15 game winning streak. Their latest victim was Dallas. If the Warriors take care of New Orleans, they’ll face Memphis with 16 straight wins on the line.
2 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 19-4
▲ 3
Mike Conley hit a game-tying three to help defeat Philadelphia in overtime. The Grizzlies four game winning streak matches their loss total.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 18-5
▲ 1
James Harden made clutch plays to defeat the Sacramento Kings. Now Houston has Dwight Howard back from injury. They haven’t missed a beat.
4 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 18-6
▼ 2
Portland had a setback at Chicago, but came away with a road victory over Indiana. Portland is (8-4) in road games this season.
5 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 16-7
▼ 2
The Spurs had a bad loss against the Lakers. San Antonio still hasn’t had their whole lineup intact this season. Does it explain bad losses this week?
6 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 17-6
▲ 1
The Raptors had a chance to create more space in the Eastern Conference, but a loss to Cleveland ruined that. Toronto faces the Knicks on Sunday.
7 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 16-7
▼ 1
The Clippers are currently on a two game losing streak, but they won eight straight before that. Back-to-back road losses to Washington and Milwaukee are nothing to be ashamed of.
8 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 16-7
▲ 2
The Hawks are a Tobias Harris buzzer beater away from a double digit win streak. Atlanta has a huge week of basketball coming up.
9 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 16-6
▲ 2
The Wizards are on a three-game winning streak. They are also second in the Eastern Conference.
10 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 17-8
▼ 2
The Mavericks are sitting strong in the seventh seed of the Western Conference. They have won seven out of their last 10 games.
11 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 14-8
▲ 2
The Bulls are on a two-game winning streak, including a decisive victory over Portland. Chicago is sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference, and Derrick Rose is coming into his own.
12 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 10-13
▲ 2
OKC has the second longest winning streak in the NBA at five games. Still, due to injuries, the Thunder are under .500. That should change quickly.
13 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 13-9
▼ 4
LeBron James sat out a loss to the Thunder. Then he came back and Cleveland lost to New Orleans. Prior to that, Cleveland won eight in a row.
14 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 11-11
▲ 5
Anthony Davis had a scare against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pelicans are in the eighth seed of the Western Conference right now.
15 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 12-12
▲ 1
Milwaukee is ahead of schedule in this young season. They are holding the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.
16 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 10-13
▲ 4
The Nuggets lost to the Rockets, but beat Miami in a blowout. Denver plays San Antonio on Sunday.
17 Miami Heat Miami Heat 11-12
Miami is a middle of the road team so far. In the Eastern Conference, it’s good enough to be a seventh seed.
18 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 11-13
▼ 3
The Kings are trying to hold the fort down until DeMarcus Cousins gets back. Sacramento had a crushing defeat against Houston this week.
19 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 12-12
▼ 7
The Suns have dropped four straight games, while falling out of playoff seeding. A loss to Detroit is not a good way to make the playoffs in the competitive West.
20 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 10-12
▼ 2
The Nets are actively looking to trade their team away. Still, Brooklyn is sitting in the eight playoff spot, with a two game winning streak.
21 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 10-16
Tobias Harris hit a game winner over Atlanta. It saved the Magic from a home and home sweep to the surging Hawks.
22 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 7-16
▲ 4
Kobe should finally pass Michael Jordan in scoring history on Sunday. A win over San Antonio is probably the best one this season.
23 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 7-14
▼ 1
The Celtics lost to the Knicks. They are on a three game losing streak right now.
24 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 5-17
▲ 4
After beating the Trailblazers, Minnesota followed up with a loss to Oklahoma City. They look for their second straight win over the Lakers on Sunday.
25 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 6-17
The Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs as their only win in last 10 games. The Jazz have a huge road trip starting Sunday.
26 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 5-19
▲ 3
The Pistons are on a two-game winning streak and they did it against the Western Conference. Detroit still has a lot of ground to make up for after a horrendous start.
27 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 6-17
▼ 3
Charlotte could be the most disappointing team in the NBA. The Hornets just got walloped by Brooklyn. Next game is at Cleveland.
28 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 7-17
▼ 5
The Pacers have lost eight games in a row. It’s a far cry from where the Pacers were at a year ago. Next game is vs. the Lakers.
29 New York Knicks New York Knicks 5-20
▲ 1
The Knicks finally got a win over Boston. Otherwise, New York’s success must be in the Bermuda Triangle.
30 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 2-21
▼ 3
Philadelphia was oh so close to defeating the Memphis Grizzlies. Instead, they lost another close game. The 76ers must learn how to close out games down the stretch.

 

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