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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 43-9
Steph Curry missed Sunday’s game with a bad ankle. He will have five more road games to make up for lost time.
2 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 39-14
Memphis kicks off their second half with a game at Portland. The Grizzlies still have eyes on the western conference lead by season’s end.
3 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 44-12
Atlanta stopped a two-game losing streak on Sunday. The Hawks got back to playing a splendid team game.
4 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 37-18
The Rockets split their first two games after the All-Star break. Their defense held Toronto to 76 points in a brilliant performance.
5 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 37-18
The Raptors continue their three-game road trip before hosting Golden State later in the week. Toronto is trying to keep pace with the Hawks.
6 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 35-21
▲ 1
The Bulls started their seven-game home stand with a win over Phoenix. Chicago is holding onto the third spot in the east.
7 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 35-22
▲ 1
Cleveland has continued their torrid pace with a pair of blowouts. The Cavaliers have a showdown Thursday night against Golden State. LeBron James passed Allen Iverson on the scoring list.
8 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 37-19
▲ 3
The Clippers have responded well to Blake Griffin’s absence so far. They have a heavy schedule coming up with two games against Memphis.
9 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 37-20
The Mavericks will be without Chandler Parsons for the next few games. Dallas is in a hotly contested battle for the third seed.
10 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 36-18
Portland lost another road game to Utah. Their next three games are all at home against playoff teams.
11 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 34-21
▼ 5
The Spurs had a tough two-game stretch right out of the gate. They lost both games.
12 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 31-24
▲ 1
The Bucks decided to trade away their point guard and bring in two different players from Syracuse. Before break, Milwaukee was rolling. Let’s see if it continues.
13 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 30-25
▲ 1
The Thunder have moved into playoff position before March. They must also be concerned about Kevin Durant’s foot. He was hobbled over the weekend and had a procedure done.
14 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 33-23
▼ 2
The Wizards have fallen on hard times in recent weeks. Hopefully Bradley Beal’s injury doesn’t linger into the postseason.
15 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 28-27
▲ 1
New Orleans is in a fight for the playoffs, and Anthony Davis is expected to be out for at least a week with a shoulder injury.
16 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 29-27
▼ 1
The Suns revamped their whole guard rotation. They also dropped out of the eighth seed in the west.
17 Miami Heat Miami Heat 23-31
▲ 1
Chris Bosh has been sidelined for the season due to serious health scare. It's tempered the enthusiasm for Miami’s playoff push.
18 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 22-33
▲ 2
Indiana is on the brink of the playoffs, and they might be the best suited for it. They have a tough schedule coming up this week.
19 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 22-31
The Nets are in the middle of an eight-game road trip. Brooklyn is still holding out hope for a playoff spot even with this fresh start.
20 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 22-31
▼ 3
Charlotte begins a critical stretch of road games against Dallas. They have lost four straight.
21 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 23-33
The Pistons made changes and brought Reggie Jackson in from Oklahoma City. They are one game out of the final playoff spot.
22 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 20-32
Jared Sullinger is out for the season with a foot injury. The Celtics continue to tinker with their roster.
23 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 20-34
Utah came back from break with a win over Portland. They have a manageable schedule to end the month.
24 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 20-34
The Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo to Portland. Then they lost to Milwaukee in the first game out of the break.
25 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 19-35
The future of Sacramento starts now with George Karl as head coach. They have a three-game home stand with western conference playoff teams this week.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 18-39
Orlando started the second half of the season with a win over New Orleans. They are looking for back-to-back victories.
27 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 12-42
Apparently, the 76ers were winning too many games. Philadelphia traded the reigning rookie of the year along with K.J. McDaniels.
28 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 12-42
Minnesota welcomes Kevin Garnett back to the organization. They still have the worst record in the west, but that should change soon.
29 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 13-41
The Lakers have the longest losing streak in the NBA. They weren’t able to pull of a deal for Goran Dragic.
30 New York Knicks New York Knicks 10-45
The Knicks are working diligently to secure the worst record in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony is out for the season, while waiting for knee surgery.
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