NBA Power Rankings: The Final Countdown

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The Thunder had a challenging week, being heavily contested in an overtime win against the Magic, losing by five to the Spurs, falling to the Hornets by 13, before finally beating the Bucks by 31 points. Oklahoma City has four of their last five on the road against the Grizzlies, Suns, Nuggets, and Timberwolves, and finish the season at home versus the Nuggets. They’re a near lock to play the Rockets in the first round.. (44-33). Previous: 10th. Oklahoma City Thunder. 10. team. 149

team. 142. The Wizards struggled this week, going 1-3. They started the week with three straight losses against the Clippers, Jazz, and Warriors. Tempers flared, <a rel=. (47-31). Previous: 6th. Washington Wizards. 9

Toronto cooled off this week, as they split their four games. They started with a loss to the Hornets, beat the Pacers and 76ers, and ended their week with a loss to the Pacers. The Indiana rematch ended with an upset Raptors team after <a rel=. (47-31). Previous: 7th. Toronto Raptors. 8. team. 81

(47-31). Previous: 9th. Los Angeles Clippers. 7. team. 77. LA is out of their rut, winning their last three games after their disappointing collapse to Sacramento last week. Their most notable win came against the Wizards, they then took care of business against the Suns and Lakers. They’re fighting for first round home court advantage sitting a game behind the Jazz. They finish with Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Sacramento.

(48-30). Previous: 8th. Utah Jazz. 6. team. 118. Utah did what they needed to in winning three out of four games this week. First a win against the Kings, then the Wizards, next a loss to the Spurs, and finally a 19-point win against the Trail Blazers. Utah can clinch home court advantage in the upcoming week, but the schedule isn’t easy. They’ll have to face the Timberwolves, Trail Blazers, Warriors, and Spurs.