1. Miami Heat (43-14) – The streak continues. There is no way (barring injury) any team in the sport can beat them in a best-of-seven series.
2. San Antonio Spurs (52-16) – Tony Parker is returning. While having a career year, his absence wasn’t missed too much. The Spurs were 6-?2 without him, showing how deep their talent lies.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (48-17) – Only 11-?5 since the All-?Star break and continue to lose momentum. I still see them being formidable in the playoffs.
4. Denver Nuggets (44-22) – Have now won 14 in a row which would be an even bigger deal if not for LeBron and the Heat’s record-setting streak of their own.
5. Memphis Grizzlies (46-21) – Best defensive team in basketball, holding teams to just 89 points per game. The Grizz have won eight of ten.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (47-22) – Losing to the Kings drops their stock slightly.
7. Indiana Pacers (42-26) – Still one of the best in East, but will need Danny Granger to make any serious noise in the playoffs.
8. Brooklyn Nets (40-28) – They live and die by the play of D-Will. Lately, D-Will has been dropping dimes left and right, meaning the Nets have been slightly surging.
9. New York Knicks (40-26) – Since their quick start, the Knicks are barely a .500 team, going just 22-21. Injuries have plagued the boys in the Big Apple.
10. Golden State Warriors (39-31) – I’m a Stephen Curry lover. The kid can score as good as anyone. Golden State finishes nine of their last 2 games at home.
11. Boston Celtics (36-31) – Still fighting hard, going 16-?8 since losing star point guard Rajon Rondo.
12. Atlanta Hawks (38-30) – Have won four of five but something tells me they’ll be another early playoff exit. Lackluster rebounding definitely doesn’t help their cause.
13. Chicago Bulls (36-31) – Now 3-?6 in March. Either they’re physically tired or tired of waiting for Derrick Rose to return; or both.
14. Los Angeles Lakers (36-33) – Just when they start to look like a decent team, they lose to the Suns…by 23 points.
15. Milwaukee Bucks (34-33) – Purely a .500 team that will get trounced by Miami in the first round of the playoffs next month.
16. Dallas Mavericks (32-36) – Have made the playoffs 12 years in a row – a streak that looks likely to end.
17. Houston Rockets (37-31) – 23-10 at home this season, but underwhelming on the road. This team will likely lose to Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.
18. Portland Trail Blazers (32-36) – They’re young and they’re playing great defense. Have now beat Chicago twice this year. 2 of their last 15 games are against likely playoff teams.
19. Utah Jazz (34-34) – Losing momentum by the day and are now looking up at the flailing Lakers. Not a good sign. 3-?7 in their last 10 games.
20. Sacramento Kings (25-44) – Gives up the most points per game in the NBA (104.8).
21. Philadelphia 76ers (26-42) – 3-7 in their last 10 and all fans can do is point a finger at Andrew Bynum.
22. Washington Wizards (24-43) – Somehow have one six of their last 10 Erase their 0-12 start and they’re a decent team.
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-46) – Led the Heat by 27 points last week before blowing it. Still, the showing was impressive especially without Kyrie Irving.
24. Toronto Raptors (26-42) – Lost 10 of 14, which includes a loss to the Bobcats Wednesday. The terrible, horrendous, 16-win Bobcats. Ya; them.
25. Minnesota Timberwolves (23-43) – had a 21-0 edge in second-chance points against the Kings, and still lost.
26. New Orleans Hornets (23-46) – Anthony Davis had a game-winner against the Celtics this week, but consider it a fluke. This is still the worst team in the West overall.
27. Detroit Pistons (23-46) – 1-?12 over their last 13 games, the Pistons have nothing to play for, and it shows.
28. Phoenix Suns (23-46) – Were swept by the Wizards this year, if that tells you something.
29. Orlando Magic (18-51) – Have the second worst record and scoring differential at ?6.7 in all of the NBA.
30. Charlotte Bobcats (16-52) – Combine all of their wins from 2012 and 2013 – it still doesn’t match the victories the Heat have surmounted during their one win-streak.