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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 22-3
Golden State took one on the chin against Memphis, but they bounced back with a win over OKC. In the long run, the Warriors will need a full complement of players.
2 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 21-5
The Grizzlies had back-to-back wins over Golden State and San Antonio. Memphis defeated the Spurs in a three overtime classic.
3 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 22-6
▲ 1
The Trailblazers have won five straight, including a triple overtime win over San Antonio. Portland finished the week with a blowout of New Orleans.
4 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 21-6
▲ 2
The Raptors have kept winning despite the absence of DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors' last three wins were by double figures, and they remain the No. 1 team in the eastern conference.
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 19-7
▲ 3
Since Atlanta’s second loss to Orlando, they beat Chicago, Cleveland and Houston in consecutive games. The Hawks look like a title contender.
6 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 19-6
▲ 3
Washington has the longest winning streak in the NBA at six games. We get to see their dynamic backcourt take on the Phoenix guards in what should be fast break heaven.
7 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 20-8
▲ 3
They Mavericks made the trade for Rondo and they defeated the depleted Spurs in his first game. It was Dallas’ best win of the season. Let’s see how Rondo fits in long term.
8 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 19-7
▼ 5
The Rockets are currently on a two game losing streak. However, they are (10-2) in road games this season.
9 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 17-9
▲ 2
Chicago is only .500 at home. They’ve been on the road quite a bit and have been close to dominant in road games. The team is coming together nicely.
10 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 19-8
▼ 3
After falling to the Nuggets, the Clippers bounced back with a win over Milwaukee. The Clippers have protected home court extremely well with an 11-3 record.
11 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 17-11
▼ 6
The Spurs lost four games in a row, and it’s still not time to panic. San Antonio had back-to-back triple overtime losses to Memphis and Portland. The upcoming schedule is still tough.
12 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 15-10
▲ 1
The Cavaliers were embarrassed by the Atlanta Hawks last week. However, Cleveland still won seven of 10 games entering Sunday.
13 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 13-14
▼ 1
If it wasn’t for Kevin Durant’s sprained ankle, the Thunder might be a top 10 team. Durant scored 30 points in a half of basketball against Golden State. The Thunder still won eight of their last 10 games.
14 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 13-13
The Pelicans play like a .500 team in the west. They weren’t very competitive against Portland, but still hold the eighth spot in the western conference.
15 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 14-14
▲ 4
The Suns finally got back to their winning ways. Phoenix needs to win more home games, as they sit below .500 in friendly confines.
16 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 14-14
▼ 1
The Bucks are fighting hard, but their win over Phoenix paid a heavy price. Jabari Parker is out for the season with a torn ACL.
17 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 12-15
▼ 1
The Nuggets have won two straight games. Their road woes are the reason for the under .500 record.
18 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 10-14
▲ 5
The Celtics traded away Rajon Rondo, but have also won three straight games. Take a look at the new look Celtics from here on out. Boston is holding onto the final playoff spot in the east.
19 Miami Heat Miami Heat 12-15
▼ 2
Miami can’t buy a win at home. Eight of their 12 wins have come on the road. Still holding onto the seventh seed in the east.
20 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 8-19
▲ 7
Charlotte earned two of their biggest wins of the year. Maybe they are finally becoming the team that everyone predicted.
21 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 10-15
▼ 1
The Nets are a half game out of the final playoff spot. Brooklyn is still looking to make trades before the deadline.
22 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 8-18
Kobe had a chance to lift the Lakers over OKC with a game winner. Instead, the Lakers are on a two game slide.
23 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 8-20
▲ 2
Utah has split their first eight wins evenly between home and away. They’ve shown flashes of solid play, but lack consistency.
24 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 10-19
▼ 3
The Magic are the only team to beat the Hawks in a month. However, they followed that win with three straight losses.
25 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 11-15
▼ 7
At least DeMarcus Cousins has returned to the Kings lineup. Their five game losing streak and head coaching change came after a strong start.
26 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 8-19
▲ 2
Indiana lost two games last week by a combined five points. Still, they have lost nine out of 10 games.
27 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 5-22
▼ 1
The Pistons have been one of the most disappointing teams so far. Two of their five wins have come on their home court.
28 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 5-20
▼ 4
Minnesota has the worst record in the Western conference. They are currently on a four game losing streak.
29 New York Knicks New York Knicks 5-24
If the Knicks could win close games, they wouldn’t be the Knicks. New York has three home wins.
30 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 2-23
The 76ers proved they could win a couple games. Now they are back to the long term plan. Philadelphia has lost five games in a row, and they haven’t won a home game.