NBA Power Rankings: The Final Countdown

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(50-27). Previous: 4th. Boston Celtics. 5. team. 18. Boston is once again tied with the Cavaliers for the number one seed. They won two of three games this week, but fell to Malcolm Brogdon and the Bucks. They’ve won eight of their last 10 as they try to clinch home court advantage in the East. Next week starts with a huge game against the Cavaliers, then they finish up with the Hawks, Hornets, Nets, and Bucks.

4. team. 156. Cleveland came into the week struggling, and lost their first game to the Bulls. But as LeBron led teams always seem to do, they turned it around and won their next three against the 76ers, Pacers, and Magic. They’re rolling into Boston hot, ready to take the one seed as their own. They then finish with a home and home against the Hawks, then in Miami, before taking on the Raptors in Cleveland.. (50-27). Previous: 5th. Cleveland Cavaliers

Previous: 3rd. Houston Rockets. 3. team. 169. Houston came into the week looking to prove that they could hang with the Warriors shot for shot, but lost both matchups. They split the rest of the week, a loss to Portland, and a win against the Suns. <a rel=. (52-25)

San Antonio Spurs. 2. team. 29. San Antonio won three out of four games with a difficult schedule. They opened with a loss to the Warriors, before bouncing back against the Thunder, Jazz, and Grizzlies. The one seed is out of reach, so it’s very likely Coach Popovich rests his starters down the stretch. They’ll take on the Lakers, Mavericks, Clippers, Trail Blazers, and Jazz.. (60-17). Previous: 2nd

The Warriors stayed hot this week, building their win streak to eleven games with wins against the Rockets (twice), Spurs, Wizards, and Timberwovles. After a week like this, it’s hard to imagine them not playing at a high level in the playoffs. Once <a rel=. (64-14). Previous: 1st. Golden State Warriors. 1. team. 41

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