San Antonio - There’s no doubt the Spurs are far from a one-man team. With Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan each taking turns sitting out the last three games, San Antonio had no problem winning all three.. Last week: 3.
Chicago - The fact that the Bulls became the first team to reach 40 wins this season won’t mean much unless it’s followed by the first team to reach 16 wins in the playoffs. Last week: 1.
Oklahoma City - Going nine games without playing on consecutive nights, the Thunder should solidify homecourt in the West and may be able to draw closer to Chicago for the NBA’s best record. Last week: 4.
Miami - If numbers don’t lie, then it doesn’t look good for the Heat. For the first time this season, they’ve lost consecutive games by at least 10 points and are 4-4 in their last eight games. Last week: 2.
Orlando - The craziness continues. After scoring only 59 points in a Monday night loss to Chicago, the Magic poured in 117 points seven nights later against Toronto. Last week: 5.
Atlanta - Don’t bury them just yet. The Hawks have won six of their last seven games, losing by only three points to Boston. Last week: 8.
Lakers - The greatness of Ramon Sessions isn’t translating in the most important category. The Lakers are 3-3 since acquiring the new starting point guard from Cleveland. Last week: 6.
Memphis - A three-game losing streak on the road didn’t figure to end on the road. But it did, as the Grizzlies stunned the Lakers in Los Angeles. In his sixth game back from an injury that sidelined him for almost three months, Zach Randolph posted a double double. Last week: 7.
Dallas - Does this team have a chance to repeat as champions? They lost to the Lakers and San Antonio by a combined 33 points last week. Last week: 9.
Indiana - Maybe the month-long funk is over. The Pacers are 4-1 in their last five games, including a 15-point pasting of Miami. Last week: 14.
Philadelphia - Going 2-5 in their last seven games is worse than it sounds, considering the wins were at home against Boston and at Charlotte. Last week: 12.
Boston - Paul Pierce is getting hot at the right time. He has scored at least 20 points in five of his last six games and is averaging 22.3 points a game this month. Last week: 13.
Clippers - Are these guys the anti-Carmelo? Since word got out that Vinny Del Negro had lost the team, the Clippers have gone 2-0. Last week: 10.
Utah - Does winning seven out of eight games prove this team is playoff worthy? The answer is yes, as long as they go 3-3 from April 8-16, when they play San Antonio twice and have four road games. Last week: NR
Houston - The Rockets are going to have to play well on the road to make the playoffs. With 16 games remaining, nine are on the road. Last week: 15.