Broderick Turner ranks the 30 teams. Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:
1. ATLANTA: Are the
2. MEMPHIS: Put this in the Go Figure department! Grizs lose at Minnesota, get out-rebounded, 43-20. Still, 8-2 over last 10. (2)
3. GOLDEN STATE: Loss to Hawks gave Warriors second-best record (39-9) percentage-wise (81.3%). (3)
4. CLEVELAND: Twelve-game winning streak snapped, missed chance to tie franchise record for consecutive wins. (4)
5. HOUSTON: Improved to 5-1 with
6. SAN ANTONIO:
7. TORONTO: All about the offense.
8. PORTLAND: Road woes. After winning 12 of first 17 games on the road,
9. DALLAS: Not so good against the best in the West.
10. CHICAGO: Where's the defense? Bulls giving 107.6 points per game during a three-game losing streak. (10)
11. CLIPPERS: Are they unraveling? Six techs in two games. Two blowout losses. Chris Paul fined $25K for criticism of ref. (9)
12. WASHINGTON: Can't make shots. Shot 43% in five-game losing streak, down from about 48% in first 46 games. (8)
13. MILWAUKEE: Giannis Antetokounmpo topped career-high 25 points vs. Lakers with career-best 27 vs.
14. CHARLOTTE: Surging into the playoffs. Allowed 89.1 points on 39.9% shooting in last 15 games, going 12-3. (16)
16. NEW ORLEANS:
17. BROOKLYN: Coming alive. Won three consecutive games in February after winning just three last month. (19)
18. OKLAHOMA CITY:
19. DETROIT: Pounding the boards.
20. BOSTON: Rebounding has meant wins. During three-game win streak, the
21. MIAMI: Numbers don't lie. Next to last in NBA in scoring (92.4) and assists (19.9), last in rebounding (37.9). (18)
22. INDIANA: Had all five starters score in double figures in win over Cavaliers.
23. ORLANDO: Fired
24. DENVER: Thy name is slump.
26. UTAH: Still having a hard time scoring.
27. LAKERS: Growing pains for young team. Blow six-point lead late at Milwaukee, blow 14-point lead at Orlando. (27)
28. MINNESOTA: Finally, good news.
29. PHILADELPHIA: Has lost eight straight games on the road. Then again, 76ers have won only five road games. (29)