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• 1. Indiana Pacers (29-7, LW 1): Paul George continues to make a case that he is an MVP candidate.
• 2. San Antonio Spurs (28-8, LW 5): If it’s possible to do so, the Spurs are quietly atop the Western Conference.
• 3. Miami Heat (27-10, LW 2): Entered the weekend on a two-game losing streak, but no need to panic in the East.
• 4. Portland Trail Blazers (27-9, LW 3): Damian Lillard is making a strong case to join LaMarcus Aldridge in this year’s All-Star Game.
• 5. Oklahoma City Thunder (27-9, Last week 4): Reggie Jackson could play his way into a big payday in the future filling in for injured star Russell Westbrook.
• 6. Los Angeles Clippers (26-13, LW 6): The Clippers figure to be active in looking to add a veteran, especially with Chris Paul out.
• 7. Golden State Warriors (25-14, LW 7): Warriors are poised for a big run with eight of their next 11 games at home.
• 8. Houston Rockets (23-14, LW 8): Chandler Parsons has missed the last two games with a sore knee.
• 9. Phoenix Suns (21-14, LW 9): Losing Eric Bledsoe to knee surgery could knock the Suns out of the playoff race.
• 10. Dallas Mavericks (21-16, LW 10): The leadership of Jose Calderon has been a big boost for Dallas this season.
• 11. Atlanta Hawks (20-17, LW 11): Coach Mike Budenholzer is proving his worth by keeping the Hawks going with Al Horford out.
• 12. Toronto Raptors (17-17, LW 12): Keeping Kyle Lowry might make sense as long the Raptors are in playoff contention.
• 13. Denver Nuggets (18-17, LW 16): The up-and-down season for Denver now has the squad on a four-game winning streak.
• 14. Minnesota Timberwolves (18-18, LW 13): Perhaps an angry Kevin Love is a good thing if Minnesota is to make a run at the playoffs.
• 15. Chicago Bulls (16-18, LW 20): Tom Thibodeau is unhappy without Luol Deng, so the Bulls turned around and won four in a row.
• 16. Washington Wizards (16-18, LW 15): John Wall leads the Wizards in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played.
• 17. Memphis Grizzlies (16-19, LW 17): Dominant play from Zach Randolph is Memphis’ best chance to win with Marc Gasol still out.
• 18. New Orleans Pelicans (15-20, LW 14): Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson are out indefinitely, meaning wins will be hard to come by.
• 19. Brooklyn Nets: (15-21, LW 24): The Nets are on the rise, even with Deron Williams dealing with an ankle injury.
• 20. Detroit Pistons (15-22, LW 19): Getting Rodney Stuckey back to 100 percent health after he was out with a sore shoulder is a must for the struggling Pistons.
• 21. Charlotte Bobcats: (15-22, LW 21): Scoring remains this team’s biggest struggle this season.
• 22. New York Knicks (13-22, LW 28): Three-game winning streak has the Knicks feeling better amid J.R. Smith’s distractions.
• 23. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23, LW 23): Addition of Deng fills the void at small forward the Cavs have had since LeBron James made his decision.
• 24. LosAngeles Lakers (14-23, LW 18):
Is there a trade market for Pau Gasol as the Lakers continue to slide down the standings?
• 25. Kings (12-22, LW 26): Rudy Gay has been an efficient and effective contributor with Sacramento.
• 26. Philadelphia 76ers (12-24, LW 25): A three-game losing streak has slowed recent momentum.
• 27. Utah Jazz (12-26, LW 27): Gordon Hayward looks like he might be the player the Jazz should focus on signing long-term after the season..
• 28. Boston Celtics (13-24, LW 22): Boston has lost seven in a row, dropped 10 of its last 11 while awaiting Rajon Rondo’s return from ACL surgery.
• 29. Orlando Magic (10-26, LW 29): Losers of six in a row, and Nikola Vucevic is out with a concussion, so that streak could grow.
• 30. Milwaukee Bucks (7-28, LW 30): Combination of youth and injuries leads to the worst record in the NBA.