1. Golden State Warriors (51-13, last week 2):
Team talented enough to win even when Stephen Curry has a subpar game.
2. Atlanta Hawks (51-14, LW 1):
The last two losses have been to sub-.500 teams.
Robin Lopez could be the X-factor in Portland’s playoff success.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers (42-25, LW 7):
Kyrie Irving’s 57-point outburst at San Antonio was his second 50-point game this season.
5. Memphis Grizzlies (45-20, LW 3):
They need a strong finish to lock up the No. 2 spot in the West.
6. Houston Rockets (43-22, LW 5):
Dwight Howard is making strides toward returning to the lineup.
7. Los Angeles Clippers (42-24, LW 6):
Blake Griffin appears ready to return in time to find his form for the postseason.
8. San Antonio Spurs (40-24, LW 9):
Tony Parker is playing better, so the Spurs are formidable.
9. Dallas Mavericks (42-25, LW 10):
Will Amar’e Stoudemire be the boost to the bench the Mavs need down the stretch?
10. Chicago Bulls (40-27, LW 8):
How many injuries can coach Tom Thibodeau endure and keep the Bulls competitive?
11. New Orleans Pelicans (36-29, LW 13):
Anthony Davis’ return has the Pelicans surging toward a playoff spot.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (36-29, LW 12):
Russell Westbrook has been great, but the Thunder needs Kevin Durant healthy.
13. Toronto Raptors (39-26, LW 11):
They have looked more like a team that will be fortunate to win a first-round playoff series.
14. Washington Wizards (37-28, LW 15):
Back-to-back blowout wins could get the Wizards back on track.
15. Milwaukee Bucks (34-31, LW 16):
Season has been a success, even though the Bucks have dropped seven of 10.
16. Phoenix Suns (34-33, LW 14):
What will it take for last season’s surprise team to become a playoff team next season?
17. Indiana Pacers (30-34, LW 17):
A seven-game winning streak has put the Pacers in the playoff race in the East.
18. Utah Jazz (28-36, LW 21):
Rudy Gobert has helped the Jazz win eight of 10 and show much improvement over the last month.
19. Charlotte Hornets (29-35, LW 18):
Kemba Walker returned last week from knee surgery, but Al Jefferson has a calf injury.
20. Boston Celtics (28-36, LW 20):
Celtics are still trying to make the postseason and have won three in a row.
21. Miami Heat (29-36, LW 19):
Hassan Whiteside must control his temper, or he’ll hurt his chances for long-term success.
22. Denver Nuggets (25-41, LW 25):
They have played with more fight since Brian Shaw was fired.
23. Brooklyn Nets (25-38, LW 22):
High-priced squad is slumping late in the season.
24. Detroit Pistons (23-42, LW 23):
The plan to maintain without Brandon Jennings isn’t working for losers of nine in a row.
25. Orlando Magic (21-46, LW 25):
Some wonder if the Magic would be better off without Nikola Vucevic.
26. Kings (22-42, LW 26):
Poor defense and turnovers cause more losses.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (17-47, LW 27):
Steve Nash has mentored rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson.
28. Philadelphia 76ers (15-50, LW 30):
Despite their record, the Sixers are playing better.
29. Minnesota Timberwolves (14-50, LW 28):
Can the T-wolves, even if healthy, compete with the best in the West?
30. New York Knicks (13-51, LW 29):
Coach Derek Fisher wants his undermanned team to play with grit every night.