1. San Antonio Spurs: The best team is also the deepest team in the NBA.
2. Boston Celtics: Have beaten the Heat in all three games played so far with one more to go.
3. Miami Heat: The number one seed in the East could be determined when the Heat plays the Celtics in Miami on the last Sunday of the regular season.
4. Dallas Mavericks: Tyson Chandler is averaging 10.5 points and 9.4 rebounds and is shooting 66 percent from the field.
5. Chicago Bulls: The only regular season question left for the Bulls is if they can overtake the Heat and the Celtics.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combine to average 51.1 points per game, just .4 behind the Heat combo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
7. Orlando Magic: Will the Magic figure out what to do with Gilbert Arenas?
8. Los Angeles Lakers: After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Lakers.
9. Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks are sailing along at 34-21.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 32 points per game on 59 percent shooting in the Blazers’ current six-game winning streak.
11. New Orleans Hornets: Hornets are the only team to beat the Spurs twice this season.
12. Memphis Grizzlies: How will the Grizzlies fare without Rudy Gay for at least four weeks?
13. Denver Nuggets: Only three more days until the Carmelo Anthony saga is over in Denver.
14. Phoenix Suns: Suns have won 12 of their last 18 games.
15. New York Knicks: Why are the Knicks not willing to include Timofey Mozgov in the trade for Carmelo?
16. Golden State Warriors: Warriors have a tough start to the post-All-Star break with the Celtics and the Hawks coming to town.
17. Utah Jazz: Still winless under new coach Ty Corbin.
18. Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers are just two games under .500 after starting the season 3-13.
19. Indiana Pacers: If the season ends now, Mike Dunleavy and the Pacers would be in the playoffs.
20. Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats have won eight of their last 10 games against the Lakers.
21. Houston Rockets: Hanging in there at five games under .500
22. Los Angeles Clippers: The next four games for the Clippers, playing at Oklahoma City, at New Orleans, road team against the Lakers and home against the Celtics.
23. Milwaukee Bucks: Michael Redd is expected to be back with the Bucks for the first time in a year. Great shooter when he’s healthy.
24. Detroit Pistons: Will they be able to trade Richard Hamilton before the trading deadline?
25. New Jersey Nets: At least there won’t be any on-court Carmelo Anthony distractions; the Nets don’t play until Friday, the day after the trading deadline.
26. Sacramento Kings: Rookie DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 19.3 PPG and 11.6 RPG in his last 9 games.
27. Washington Wizards: Despite it being an exhibition, rookie John Wall was superb in the Rookie Challenge.
28. Toronto Raptors: Andrea Bargnani is averaging 21.9 PPG this season and has not had a single-digit scoring game.
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: All-Star Kevin Love has 42 consecutive double-doubles and is averaging 10.8 defensive RPG.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs have won two of their last three games.
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