Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 65-15
The Warriors have nothing left to play for. They clinched the best record in the NBA. Still, Golden State can change the West standings with a win over Memphis.
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 60-20
If it wasn’t for the NYC police incident, Atlanta would be rolling into the postseason. Instead, the Hawks lost Thabo Sefolosha to a broken right fibula. Atlanta has two games remaining after their second-teamers lost to the Wizards.
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 54-26
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San Antonio has won 10 games in a row, and currently find themselves in the two seed of the West. They lose tiebreakers to the Clippers and Grizzlies, so we'll see how it all shakes out.
4 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 54-26
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The Clippers took out Memphis to win their fifth straight. The win vaulted them up to No. 2 in the West, but they now sit at No. 3. They have the inside track to home court advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 51-28
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Cleveland rested their starters during the second half of a loss to Boston. They faced Boston again on Sunday without LeBron James. The Cavaliers have locked up the two seed in the East.
6 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 54-26
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Memphis is still vying for a top-three seed in the West. Memphis visits Golden State for a critical battle. Otherwise, the Grizzlies may lose home court in the first round.
7 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 53-26
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The Rockets lost back-to-back games to San Antonio. They now sit in sixth place of the Western Conference. Houston is only a game out of the second spot.
8 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 51-26
Portland is locked into the fourth seed, but they won’t have home court in the first round. The Trailblazers clinched at least the sixth best record in the West.
9 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 48-32
The Bulls need to have a better record than Toronto to earn the third seed in the East. Otherwise, they’ll host Washington, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season, in the first round of the playoffs.
10 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 48-31
Dallas has the seventh spot locked up. They don’t know who they’ll be facing in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavericks just need to play at a high level down the stretch.
11 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 48-32
Toronto is holding onto the third seed in the East. The Atlantic Division winners have a tie breaker against Chicago. They are tied with the same record.
12 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 46-34
Washington was content with the fifth seed in the East. They’ll start the playoffs on the road. A four-game winning streak was stopped by Brooklyn.
13 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 43-36
Oklahoma City is in a tough battle for the final playoff spot in the West. They don’t have the tiebreaker over New Orleans, so every game is a must-win.
14 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 43-36
The Pelicans are in the same boat as OKC. The Pelicans have three games left, including games against Houston and San Antonio.
15 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 37-42
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The Celtics have the seventh spot in the East. They are tied in the standings with the Nets, and hold a one-game lead on Indiana. They’ll face a resting Cavaliers team.
16 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 37-42
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Brooklyn has won 8 of 10 games with the two losses coming against Atlanta. They have a big game with Milwaukee on Sunday. The Nets hold the eighth spot in East by one game.
17 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 39-40
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The Bucks are inching towards the postseason berth. They need one more win or a loss by numerous teams below them. With Philadelphia on the schedule, that shouldn’t be a problem.
18 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 37-43
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Utah was a missed foul shot away from taking Memphis to overtime. Then they beat Portland on Saturday. Utah faces Houston in the season finale. That game will impact the playoff seeds.
19 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 39-41
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Phoenix has lost three in a row. The Suns finish the season with San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers.
20 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 36-43
Indiana has won four straight, and the return of Paul George has been promising. The Pacers are one game out of the seventh spot.
21 Miami Heat Miami Heat 35-45
Miami is 2½ games out of a playoff spot with two games left. They need all the help in the world to make the postseason. It’s likely over by Monday.
22 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 33-46
The Hornets were knocked out of playoff contention. It was a disappointing season for a team that made the playoffs last year. They face Houston on Monday.
23 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 30-49
Detroit continued to fight this season. Injuries curtailed a promising run. Detroit has three games left with no postseason ramifications.
24 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 29-50
Denver has three games left before the disappointing season ends. They finish it with back-to-back road games with the Clippers and Golden State.
25 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 27-52
Sacramento’s promising start couldn’t be sustained, and a large part was due to all of the upheaval within the organization. They’ll try to end the season on a good note.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 25-55
Orlando combined with the Knicks to score 15 points in a quarter. They have lost two games in a row.
27 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 21-58
The Lakers have the fourth worst record in the NBA. It’s been a historic season in L.A. They need to get that high lottery pick, or next season will be worse.
28 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 18-62
Philadelphia has lost eight-straight games and are in the running for the worst record in the NBA. They just need the teams below them to win a couple.
29 New York Knicks New York Knicks 16-64
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New York had sole possession of the worst record in basketball until Saturday. They still didn’t reach the 20-win mark.
30 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 16-64
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Minnesota is now tied for the worst record in the league. It’s a battle for the most ping-pong balls in the upcoming lottery. Andrew Wiggins has played well this season.