NBA Power Rankings: The Regular Season Finale

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team. 147. Brooklyn lost to the Magic, beat the Bulls, and lost to the Celtics to finish the week 1-2. Their final game of the season is against the Bulls, who’ll be trying to clinch a playoff berth. Brooklyn played some solid basketball heading into the offseason, perhaps they’ll keep it going headed into the 17-18 season.. (20-61). Previous: 30th. Brooklyn Nets. 30

Phoenix Suns. 29. team. 66. Phoenix holds the second highest chance at winning the number one pick in the NBA Draft. They broke their 12-game losing streak, with two straight wins over the Thunder and Mavericks. Their season is over after a loss against the Sacramento Kings. Lonzo Ball paired with <a rel=. (24-58). Previous: 29th

Previous: 28th. Los Angeles Lakers. 28. team. 20. The Lakers will finish with the third worst record in the league, putting them in dangerous position to lose their first round pick to Philadelphia. If the pick ends up falling outside the top three picks, the Lakers will send it to the 76ers. The Lakers had a shot to let the Suns slide past them, but won five consecutive games. Ultimately, it’s nice to see the Lakers youth pull together for some wins and form a little chemistry heading into the offseason, hope springs internal.. (26-55)

team. 38. The Magic head to the end of their season on a cold streak, losing seven of their last eight games. The team had high hopes heading into the season, largely due to the acquisition of <a rel=. (28-53). Previous: 27th. Orlando Magic. 27

team. 93. Philadelphia has been unable to get a win in their past seven games. They sit tied with the Magic for the fourth worst record in the league. Should their pick or the Sacramento Kings pick finish in the top three on lottery day, they’ll likely receive the Lakers pick, giving them two top four picks in the draft. That’d give the team a very talented foundation, regardless of the health issues facing <a rel=. (28-53). Previous: 26th. Philadelphia 76ers. 26