NBA Power Rankings

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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 55-14
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The Dubs are on a three-game winning streak and have a two-game lead for the top spot in the Western Conference. Golden State has won its last two games by 25 points to give them an NBA-high 39 victories by double-digits.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 53-16
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The Spurs are two games behind the the Warriors in the Western Conference after ending a two-game skid on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard has extended his double-figure streak to 96 games with 12 points in 27 minutes against the Kings. San Antonio is shooting 39.5% from beyond the arc for the season but just 37.8% in their last three games.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 48-22
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The Rockets have basically locked up the third seed in the Western Conference playoff race, sitting five games ahead of fourth-place Utah Jazz. James Harden picked up his NBA-record seventh 40-point triple-double on Saturday. Harden has posted a triple-double in four straight games and now has 19 triple-doubles for the year.
4 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 44-26
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The Celtics had their three-game winning streak snapped by the 76ers on Sunday. Boston is now 30-11 on the season against teams with a losing record, which is the best in the Eastern Conference. The C’s lead the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring with 28.5 points a game.
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 46-23
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The Cavs have lost 6 of 11. Cleveland scored a season-low 78 points in its 30-point loss to the Clippers on Saturday. Four of the Cavaliers’ next six games are on the road, where they are 18-16 this season.
6 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 42-27
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The Wizards have lost three of four, their worst stretch since early December when they also dropped three of four games. Washington is fifth in the league in fast-break points (15.8) and 10th in the league in fast-break efficiency. The Wiz play the Celtics in Boston on Monday in a game with possible playoff implications. Washington is one-and-a-half games behind Boston in the battle for second place in the Eastern Conference, though they lead the season series 2-1.
7 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 43-27
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The Jazz, who are 20-15 on the road this season, have lost their last two road games. They have one game remaining on their trip. Utah has one and-a-half game leads over the fifth-place Los Angeles Clippers, though just a three-game cushion over seventh-place OKC.
8 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 40-29
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The Thunder own the longest current winning streak in the NBA at five. Russell Westbrook has posted a triple-double in four of his last five games. OKC plays three of their next six games on the road, where they are 14-20 on the season.
9 Miami Heat Miami Heat 34-36
The Heat’s loss to the Blazers on Sunday was just their second in their last 17 home contests and drops their record to 20-15 at American Airlines Arena. Hassan Whiteside has nine straight double-doubles, 10 consecutive games of at least 10 boards and 23 games with at least one block.
10 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 41-29
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The Clippers are 6-8 since the All-Star break. Los Angeles is a game-and-a-half ahead of OKC for the race for the fourth spot in the Western Conference. Blake Griffin is averaging 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 46.5% from the field in 13 games since the All-Star break.
11 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 34-35
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The Bucks have vaulted into the eighth playoff spot after posting an NBA-best 8-2 record over the last 10 games. Greg Monroe has scored in double-figures in eight straight games and 17 of 19. Milwaukee ranks in the top seven of the league in both steals (7th) and blocks (6th).
12 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 41-29
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The Raptors, who are fourth in the Eastern Conference, have won two straight to keep their chances of obtaining the conference’s No. 2 seed alive. Toronto is three games behind Boston and one-and-a-half in back of the Wizards. Toronto is third in the league in both effective possession ratio and extra scoring chances per game.
13 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 40-30
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The Griz have won four straight. Mike Conley is having his best month of the season, averaging 22.4 points and 6.8 assists while shooting 47.3% from the field in March. Memphis had 20 assists and 10 turnovers in a win over San Antonio on Saturday, marking the 46th straight game that the Griz have more assists than turnovers.
14 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 37-32
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The Hawks are on their fifth losing streak of at least three games. Atlanta is fifth in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the fourth-place Raptors and three ahead of the teams battling for the eighth-place spot. The Hawks have the worst scoring margin among teams currently in the top eight of the Eastern Conference.
15 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 32-37
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The Trail Blazers have won eight of 10 to get within a half-game of the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points in a win over the Heat on Sunday night. Portland, the sixth-highest-scoring team in the league, has scored 110 or more points in 11 of 13 games.
16 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 33-36
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The Nuggets have won four of five to keep their hold on the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic has produced four double-doubles in the last six games, tallying at least 16 points in each of the six contests. Jokic is averaging 19.4 points along with 11.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 65.1% in the month of March.
17 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 35-34
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The Pacers have alternated wins and losses in their last 12 games. Indiana is 7-15 when failing to reach the century mark. Paul George has topped the 30-point mark three times in March and is averaging 27.5 points a game, as he is shooting 51.3% from the field.
18 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 34-36
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The Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a win over the Suns and are a half-game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who had a fabulous finish to the month of February, is averaging just 10.3 points and shooting 37.5% from the field in 10 March games. Detroit commits the third-fewest fouls in the nation at 17.9 a game.
19 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 30-39
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The Mavericks have fallen three games behind the Nuggets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, as they have lost three of five. Dirk Nowitzki is having the best month of his season, reaching double-figures in 10 straight games and producing 16.3 points along with 7.4 boards while shooting 50.4% from the field. Dallas is the lowest-scoring team in the NBA, with 98.0 points a contest.
20 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 29-41
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The Pelicans have won four of five and are now 6-6 since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins. Anthony Davis has set a personal best with 45 double-doubles. New Orleans swept Minnesota, winning each of the games by 10 points, and is now 14-18 in double-digit games.
21 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 30-39
The Hornets kept their slim hopes alive for a playoff berth with Saturday’s victory over the Wizards. Charlotte has 7 of its 13 games remaining at home, where they are 19-15 on the season. Cody Zeller had one of his best performances of the season in the win over Washington, tallying 19 points and hauling down five boards to go along with four blocks and two steals.
22 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 26-43
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The Sixers have won three of four. Dario Saric is averaging 19.3 points along with 8.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 12 games since the All-Star break. Philadelphia is 9-6 in games decided by three or fewer points, which is tied for the most in the league with the Suns.
23 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 33-37
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The Bulls have lost seven of 10 are one-and-a-half games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago has the most wins (16) in the Eastern Conference against teams with at least a .500 record. Denzel Valentine registered his first double-double of the season on Saturday against the Jazz and has scored in double-figures in five consecutive games.
24 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 28-41
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The Wolves have lost three in a row. Karl-Anthony Towns has reached the 30-point mark in four of five games and is averaging 31.0 points and 11.0 boards while shooting 60% from the field during this five-game stretch.
25 New York Knicks New York Knicks 27-42
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The Knicks have lost 4 of 5. New York, 11-24 away from MSG, begins a four-game Western Conference road trip on Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks are 9-16 against Western Conference teams.
26 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 22-48
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The Suns have lost six of seven. Phoenix needs one more win to tie last season’s win total of 23, which is the second-fewest in franchise history. Tyler Ulis has recorded two double-doubles and four games of at least 10 points in his last four outings.
27 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 25-45
The Magic snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Suns on Friday. Evan Fournier has scored in double-figures in 10 consecutive games and has knocked down multiple triples in eight straight games, averaging 2.7 three-pointers in March.
28 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 13-56
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The Nets will not set a franchise record for fewest wins this year, but they need three more wins to not finish with the second-fewest in their history. Brook Lopez has been incredibly consistent, averaging 20 points in each of the four months this season. Brooklyn has used 21 players this year with Archie Goodwin making his debut on Sunday.
29 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 27-42
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The Kings are 2-8 in their last 10 games, which is the second-worst record during this stretch. Sacramento has trailed by 20 or more points in 17 games this year. Buddy Hield tallied 18 or more points for the sixth time in loss to Sacramento and is shooting 50% from the three-point line in March.
30 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 20-50
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The Lakers are 1-13 in their last 14 games. D’Angelo Russell became the youngest player in Lakers history to score 40 points when he accomplished the feat against the Cavs on Sunday at 21 years old and 24 days.


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