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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 47-12
▲ 2
The Hawks have the most wins in the NBA. The race for the overall best record is on. Atlanta is 10 games ahead of everybody in the east.
2 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 45-11
▼ 1
The Warriors had a two-loss week, including a loss to Cleveland. They have two more games on the road trip before heading home.
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 42-16
▼ 1
Memphis lost a pair of games this week, and failed to make up ground on Golden State. The Grizzlies have the league leading defensive unit.
4 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 41-18
Houston is making a run at the second seed in the West. James Harden is making a run at the MVP award. Completed big win over Cleveland.
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 37-24
▲ 2
Cleveland made a nice statement in a win over Golden State. Then they lost a pair of games over the weekend, including a loss to Houston. Kyrie Irving missed both games.
6 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 39-21
▲ 2
DeAndre Jordan has been on a tear. Although he didn’t make the All-Star Game, he might be first-team all-NBA by the end of the season. He grabbed 26 rebounds in win over Chicago.
7 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 38-19
▲ 3
Portland has been overlooked for the past couple months, but they still hold the fourth seed in the West. They have a very manageable schedule with one back-to-back in the first half of March.
8 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 37-23
▼ 2
The loss of Derrick Rose hurts Chicago’s playoff hopes. There is still hope for a return before the end of the season.
9 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 39-22
Problems between the head coach and point guard could be the catalyst for something good. It could also be the beginning of the end for the Mavericks’ title hopes.
10 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 36-23
▲ 1
San Antonio finally got back into the win column. A blowout of Phoenix was huge in the playoff race. It’s time for Tony Parker to start playing better.
11 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 37-22
▼ 6
Toronto is on a five-game losing streak. They have let the hot start go to waste. Still, the Raptors are tied for second in the East.
12 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 31-27
▲ 3
The Pelicans are still in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff seed. Anthony Davis still has problems with his shoulder injury.
13 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 32-27
Every time the Thunder seem ready to take flight, injuries emerge. Once again, Russell Westbrook is sidelined with a facial fracture.
14 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 32-27
▼ 2
Milwaukee is a solid six seed in the Eastern Conference, but a pair of losses to start the road trip is a minor setback. They must regain their cohesiveness quickly to move up in the rankings.
15 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 34-26
▼ 1
Washington has faltered during this stretch. The Wizards are now in the fifth seed. Out of the top 12 teams in the East, Washington has the worst record over last 10 games.
16 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 31-29
Phoenix had a huge win over Oklahoma City. The Suns are still in contention for the playoffs, but they are heading in the wrong direction.
17 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 24-34
▲ 1
The Pacers beat the Cavaliers, and are chasing down one of the final playoff spots. With Paul George due back soon, Indiana will be as close to full strength for the first time this season.
18 Miami Heat Miami Heat 25-33
▼ 1
Miami is still holding onto a potential postseason bid. Dwayne Wade had an opportunity for a game winner, but couldn’t hit the clutch three as time expired.
19 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 24-33
The Nets are holding the final playoff spot, but they have plenty of competition to make the postseason. Brooklyn has plenty of winnable games coming up.
20 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 22-33
▲ 2
Boston enters the month on a three-game winning streak. They face Golden State to start the stretch run. The Celtics are a half game out of the playoffs.
21 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 23-35
▲ 2
Utah has won four of their last five games. Their young guys continue to shine in a tough Western Conference.
22 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 23-33
▼ 2
Charlotte is a half game out of a playoff spot despite losing six of seven games to end the month. The Hornets have an easy schedule to begin March.
23 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 23-36
▼ 2
Detroit lost to the Knicks during a critical playoff push. The Pistons are on a three-game losing skid.
24 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 20-36
▲ 1
DeMarcus Cousins missed Friday’s loss to San Antonio. He’s also doubtful for Sunday’s game against Portland.
25 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 20-38
▼ 1
Denver had one win in February. Hopefully, March can be a better month. They are tied for the longest losing streak in the NBA.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 19-41
Orlando is attempting to get their 20th win of the season. Nikola Vucevic leads the team with a double-double.
27 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 16-41
▲ 2
The Lakers have won three straight games. Each win became more impressive.
28 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 13-45
▼ 1
Philadelphia is just waiting for the draft. It’s obvious that these games don’t matter. The 76ers will continue to play hard.
29 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 13-45
▼ 1
Kevin Garnett already got ejected from a game in Minnesota. It’s good to know the fire is still burning.
30 New York Knicks New York Knicks 12-46
Two straight wins won’t get the Knicks out of the basement. Andrea Bargnani is rounding into form after a long absence this season.

 

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