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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 72-9
The Warriors are unquestionably the best team in the NBA this season and are one victory away from setting the league’s all-time wins mark. Their last game is against Memphis at Oracle Arena. Golden State collected its 34th road victory Sunday in their win in San Antonio, setting an NBA record as Stephen Curry lit up the Spurs for 37 points. The win was the Dubs first win in San Antonio since Feb. 14, 1997. Among the many accomplishments of this year’s squad, the Warriors are the only team never to lose back-to-back games in a season.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 65-15
The Spurs home loss to the Warriors Sunday was their first of the season and ended a 48-game regular season home winning streak. San Antonio, which has set a franchise record for most wins, is currently on a three-game losing streak. The Spurs fell to 16-4 without Tim Duncan (rest) with its loss to Golden State Sunday.
3 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 54-26
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The Raptors continued their quest to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in their history with wins over Philadelphia and New York. DeMar DeRozan moved into the No. 2 spot on the franchise’s scoring list Sunday after pouring in 27 points against New York. Norman Powell totaled the highest point total in a season for a rookie when he dumped in 27 points Friday against the Pacers. Toronto closes the season at home versus the 76ers and at Brooklyn. The Raps are 25-10 against teams with a sub-.500 record this season.
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 56-24
The Cavs have lost two straight and are just two games up on the Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland, with its 105-102 loss to Chicago Saturday, fell to 4-6 in games decided by three or fewer points. The Cavaliers close the season with home games against Atlanta and Detroit.
5 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 52-28
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The Clippers have won five consecutive games and nine of their last 10. Los Angeles is still very much a contender, sitting fourth in the Western Conference playoff race, two games behind OKC. Blake Griffin is averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds along with 4.3 assists in his four games since returning from his injuries.
6 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 54-26
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The Thunder have lost two in a row and three of four, and still have not officially clinched the No. 3 seed in the West. OKC ‘s loss to Sacramento Saturday marked the 14th time the Thunder have lost a game when leading after three quarters, the most of any NBA team. Kevin Durant has scored 20 or more points in 63 straight games and is on the verge of becoming the first player since Michael Jordan (1988-89) to average 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
7 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 48-32
The Hawks have won three straight and currently hold a one-game edge over the Celtics and Heat for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has road games against Cleveland and Washington left. The Hawks, whose last two wins are over the Celtics and Raptors, are 29-21 against Eastern Conference foes. Paul Millsap scored a season-high 31 points in Atlanta’s win over Boston Saturday. The Hawks won the season series over the Celtics (3-1).
8 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 47-33
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The Celtics’ loss to Atlanta Saturday snapped a four-game winning streak. Boston, currently tied with Miami for the fourth seed in the East, has two very important home games against the Hornets and Heat left. Isaiah Thomas failed to score 20 points for the first time in 19 games in the loss to Atlanta, he finished with 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting.
9 Miami Heat Miami Heat 47-33
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The Heat have won three of four and are 20-12 since Feb. 1. Hassan Whiteside has produced five double-doubles in his last five games and averaged 16.2 points, 13.6 rebounds and three blocks during that span. Miami concludes the season at Detroit and Boston; the Heat are 19-20 on the road this season.
10 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 43-37
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The Pacers made the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Indiana has won four of their last five and is currently tied with Detroit for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers, who have produced 27 straight winning seasons and home, end the season at home versus the Knicks and away versus the Bucks.
11 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 46-34
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The Hornets are in the playoffs for the second time under third-year coach Steve Clifford. Charlotte is one game out of the fourth playoff spot in the East. Home court is key for the Hornets as they are just 17-23 on the road this season (tied for worst road record among the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams). Charlotte, which has lost three of five, finishes the season at Boston and home against Orlando.
12 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 43-37
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The Pistons are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Reggie Jackson has played extremely well over the past four games, averaging 26.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Detroit has won three of four finishes out at home versus Miami and way versus Cleveland.
13 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 43-38
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The Blazers are surprisingly in the playoffs for the third time in the past four years. They have played well all season and currently sit fifth in the Western Conference, just a half-game ahead of Memphis and one-and-a-half ahead of Dallas. Portland, coming off a bad loss at home versus Minnesota, concludes the season at home versus Denver.
14 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 41-39
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The Mavericks magic number to clinch a playoff berth for the 15th time in 16 years is one. Dallas had its season-high six-game winning streak snapped in loss to the Clippers Sunday. The Mavericks are at Utah Monday and host San Antonio Wednesday.
15 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 40-40
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The Jazz remain in eighth place in the West with their victory over Denver Sunday. Guard Alec Burks, who missed 50 games after fracturing his ankle, returned to the court against the Clippers Friday, scoring 11 points. Utah, seeking their first playoff berth in four years, close the season versus Dallas and at the Lakers.
16 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 42-38
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The Grizzlies stumble into the the playoffs, losing eight of nine. Memphis makes the postseason for the sixth straight season. Their sixth seed could change as they are a half-game behind fifth seed Portland and a half-game ahead of seventh seed Dallas. The Grizz finish against the Clippers and Warriors.
17 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 40-40
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The Bulls, one of the season's biggest disappointments, will miss the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Chicago is 2-3 in their last five games.
18 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 39-40
James Harden kept playoff hopes alive with his 23rd double-double of the season in the Rockets' Sunday win over the Lakers. Harden, who had 40 points and 13 assists, produced his second 40-point performance in the last four games. Houston, currently a game behind Utah, has games against Minnesota (away) and Sacramento (home) left.
19 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 39-41
The Wizards will miss the playoffs for the first time in three years. Washington has eight potential free agents this year, including Bradley Beal (restricted).
20 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 34-46
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The Magic have missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season but will finish with their most victories in that span. Orlando started five different players from five countries against Miami Sunday, marking the first time the team has done so in franchise history.
21 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 33-48
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The Nuggets will miss the playoffs for the third straight season but will finish at least three games better than last year's 30-win total. Denver is likely rooting for Houston to make the playoffs because if they do, the Nugs will receive the Rockets first-round choice from the Ty Lawson trade. Otherwise it turns into a second-round choice next season.
22 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 28-52
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The Timberwolves are closing the season strong with three straight wins, including road wins over the Warriors and Blazers. With those victories Minnesota now has 14 wins against teams with a winning record. Next season will be important for the young Wolves, as they will need to show significant improvement in the win column to avoid possibly blowing up the roster. The Minnesota roster has several high first-round selections -- Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Shabazz Muhammad and Ricky Rubio. The big question: is Ricky Rubio the point guard of the future?
23 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 33-47
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The Bucks will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in six years. Milwaukee does have a nice young core -- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, John Henson and Michael Carter-Williams -- and will likely add another prospect with a top-10 pick this year.
24 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 32-48
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The Kings will miss the playoffs for the 10th straight season but closed Sleep Train Arena in fine fashion with a victory over OKC. Sacramento will play in a new arena next year. Rajon Rondo will likely finish the season as the league leader in assists with 11.7 a game.
25 New York Knicks New York Knicks 32-49
The Knicks miss the playoffs for the third straight season. The big questions for New York next season: will Kurt Rambis be back as head coach and will Carmelo Anthony waive his no-trade clause?
26 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 30-50
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The Pelicans have dealt with injuries all season long. Star Anthony Davis underwent successful surgery this week on his left knee.
27 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 22-58
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Rookie Devin Booker is finishing the season strong, averaging over 21 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 43.9 percent from the floor over his last 10 games. The big questions for the Suns entering the offseason: will interim head coach Earl Watson return and who will the team draft if they fall to third or worse? Phoenix, which lacks talent at both forward positions, has been rumored to be very interested in international sensation Dragen Bender and reportedly want 2014 first-round draft choice Bogdan Bogdanovic to join the squad next season.
28 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 21-59
The Nets offseason plans are anyone’s guess. Brooklyn has eight potential free agents and are without a first-round draft choice due to their trade with the Celtics that involved Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The good news is that veterans Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young will return.
29 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 16-64
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The Lakers will set a franchise record for fewest wins in a season, besting their 1957-58 mark of 19, set in Minneapolis. Los Angeles will have a lot of cap space next season with the retirement of Kobe Bryant but won’t have a first-round pick if their selection falls outside the top 3, as it will be conveyed to Philadelphia. Bryant topped the 30-point plateau Sunday for the second time in April when he poured in 35 points on 10-of-22 shooting against the Rockets.
30 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 10-70
The 76ers narrowly missed the record books for futility, defeating the Pelicans earlier this past week for their 10th win. The franchise won nine games back in 1972-73 to set the record. Philadelphia has a lot to look forward to next year with potentially four first-round selections in the upcoming draft. Plus, Joel Embiid is expected to be healthy finally and draft-and-stash prospect Dario Saric is expected to come over from Europe.

 

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