NBA Power Rankings

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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 66-14
The Dubs have won a season-high 14 games; with two more victories, they can break the NBA mark with consecutive victories to close a season. Golden State posted its 50th game of 30 or more assists on Saturday, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (1984-85) as the only franchise to reach that mark. The Warriors are the first team to win at least 65 games in three straight seasons.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 61-19
The Spurs have lost two of their last three and will be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, facing the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. San Antonio has gotten off to slow starts the last four games, as they have not scored more than 23 points in the opening quarter and twice scored 14 points, which is a season-low.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 54-26
The Rockets are 3-4 in their last seven and will open the playoffs against the Thunder. James Harden collected his 21st triple-double in a win over the Kings on Sunday. Harden has canned four or more triples in three straight games and has done so 36 times overall this season.
4 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 49-31
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The Clips have won five straight and 8 of 10. Blake Griffin has played well recently, scoring 26 points in his last five games, and is averaging 28.6 points along with 7.4 rebounds while shooting 62.7 percent from the floor in the last five games. Los Angeles, fighting with Utah for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, is 23-13 against teams with a winning record.
5 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 50-31
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The Raptors have won three in a row and 8 of 10. DeMar DeRozan has tallied 73 points over the last two games as he has made 27 of 47 shots. Toronto has won 21 games this season when it trailed at some point by double digits.
6 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 51-29
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The C’s have lost two of three to fall behind the Cavs for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Isaiah Thomas dropped in 32 points in a win over Charlotte for his 70th game of at least 20 points. Boston, 28-11 at home, hosts Brooklyn and Milwaukee to close the season.
7 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 51-29
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The Cavs have lost two straight, but are still atop of the Eastern Conference—they hold the tiebreaker over the C’s. Cleveland, which ranks 2nd in three-pointers made and third in three-point percentage, has made 15 triples in a franchise record 27 times.
8 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 48-32
The Wiz have made the playoffs for the third time in the last four years and their 48 wins are the most since the 1978-79 campaign. Jason Smith scored a season-high 17 points in a victory over the Hornets on Tuesday and has made a three-pointer in three straight games.
9 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 49-31
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The Jazz, who are battling the Clippers for the fourth spot in the Western Conference, have two tough games remaining: Away against the Warriors and at home against the Spurs. George Hill has missed six straight games with a groin injury, the Jazz are 18-15 without their starting point guard this season. Utah has used 22 starting lineups this season.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 46-34
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The Thunder have won three of four to secure the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook set an NBA record with his 42nd triple double on Sunday, with a 50-point game against the Nuggets, giving him an all-time high three triple-doubles in games which he has scored 50 points.
11 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 42-38
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Atlanta, which leads Milwaukee by one game for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, is in the playoffs for the 10th straight year. Tim Hardaway Jr. has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games, which is his longest such stretch of the season.
12 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 40-40
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The Pacers have won three straight and are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of the Bulls and Heat. Thaddeus Young has scored in double figures in seven straight games—his second longest streak of the season—which includes three double-doubles. Indiana plays at Philadelphia and hosts Atlanta to conclude the season.
13 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 41-39
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The Bucks defeated the 76ers on Saturday to snap a three-game skid. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has four double-doubles in his last five games, is seeking to become the first player to finish in the top 20 of the league in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
14 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 43-38
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The Grizzlies have lost four of five and eight of 11. Mike Conley scored 31 points on Friday in a win over New York, marking the 10th time this year and 15th in his career he has topped the 30-point plateau. Conley is one of four players with at least 10,000 points, 4,000 assists and 1,000 steals in his career.
15 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 40-40
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The Trail Blazers have made the playoffs for the fourth straight year, and will face the Warriors in the opening round. Damian Lillard scored a franchise-high 59 points in a victory over Utah on Saturday. Lillard, who is the fifth player in Blazers history to score 2,000 points, has tallied 30 points or more points 75 times.
16 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 39-41
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The Bulls have lost two of their last three games and are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, as they hold the tiebreaker over the Heat. Dwyane Wade scored 14 points in his first game since March 17, but the Bulls still fell to the Nets on Saturday. Chicago has two home games remaining against the Magic and Nets, where they are 23-16 on the season.
17 Miami Heat Miami Heat 39-41
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The Heat are 2-3 in their last five. Hassan Whiteside registered his 56th double-double of the season on Saturday to give him 119 for his career, which is the fifth most in franchise history. Miami concludes the season with home games against Cleveland and Washington; the Heat are 18-23 against team with a .500 or better record.
18 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 38-42
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The Nuggets have missed the playoffs the last four years, though their 38 victories this season were the most during that span. Nikola Jokic has developed into one of the best young big men, posting 38 double-doubles and six triple-doubles this year. Denver does not have a first round pick this year, but they do have two second round selections.
19 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 37-43
The Pistons have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight years. Detroit has three potential free agents with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (RFA) being the most important. Tobias Harris made his 2,000th career bucket in a win over Memphis on Sunday.
20 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 36-44
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The Hornets have missed the playoffs 10 of the last 13 years. Kemba Walker, who is the 10th player to make 240 three-pointers in a season, has scored the second most points in a season in franchise history with 1,830. Charlotte has both of their first and second round selections in the 2017 draft.
21 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 33-47
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The Pelicans have lost at least 40 games in six of the past eight years. New Orleans currently has the 10th worst record in the NBA, but won’t likely have any picks in the upcoming draft due to previous trades. The Pelicans set a franchise record for first-half scoring with 75 points on 56.4 percent (31 of 55) against Dallas on Tuesday.
22 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 31-49
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The Kings are 7-16 since the All-Star break. Sacramento has four potential free agents this upcoming offseason. They will have at least one first round pick with the potential of two, though 76ers have the right to swap picks.
23 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 32-48
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The Mavs will finish with a losing record for the first time in 17 seasons. Their 48 losses are the most since the 1997-98 season. Nerlens Noel (RFA) is the Mavs’ lone free agent this summer.
24 New York Knicks New York Knicks 30-51
The Knicks have lost three straight and 7 of 10. Willy Hernangomez leads all rookies with 21 double-doubles.
25 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 20-60
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The Nets have won four of five, though they still reached 60 losses in consecutive seasons for the first time in history. Caris LeVert has produced 39 points as he has made 14 of 23 shots, including 6 of 11 from beyond the arc, over the last two games. The Nets will likely have two first round selections in the upcoming draft.
26 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 25-55
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The Lakers have won four straight for the first time since 2012-13. Tyler Ennis, who scored a career-high 20 points in a win over the Wolves on Sunday, has scored in double figures in three of the last five games. Los Angeles has the third worst record in the NBA this season.
27 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 31-49
The Wolves have lost four straight. Karl-Anthony Towns had 40 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday to become the first player in franchise history to post those numbers.
28 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 28-52
The Magic have lost six of seven. Elfrid Payton is averaging 15.2 points, 10.6 assists and 6.6 rebounds in the last five games, while Aaron Gordon is producing 21.1 points and 9.2 rebounds during this same stretch.
29 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 28-52
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The 76ers have lost six straight and eight of 10. Richaun Holmes has picked up double-doubles in his last two games and now has five on the season.
30 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 24-57
The Suns have won consecutive games for the first since Jan. 21 and 22. Phoenix has the second worst record in the NBA with just one game remaining, at Sacramento.

 

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