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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s 30 teams at the All-Star break

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket between Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) and center Nene (42), during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Washington. Curry is averaging an NBA-best 29.8 points per game.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket between Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) and center Nene (42), during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Washington. Curry is averaging an NBA-best 29.8 points per game. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 48-4 (last week 1)

Golden State is on pace for the best regular season in NBA history, and they want that record.

2. Spurs – 45-8 (LW 2)

Any other season, San Antonio would be hailed as the favorite to win the NBA title.

3. Thunder – 40-14 (LW 3)

Some pundits believe the Thunder is better equipped than the Spurs to upset the Warriors.

4. Cavaliers – 38-14 (LW 5)

Can LeBron James carry Cleveland back to the Finals?

5. Raptors – 35-17 (LW 4)

Toronto will have to prove it can be an obstacle to Cleveland’s run through the East.

6. Clippers – 35-18 (LW 6)

Chris Paul is playing at an MVP level.

7. Celtics – 32-23 (LW 8)

Isaiah Thomas isn’t just good for his size; he’s one of the league’s best guards.

8. Grizzlies – 31-22 (LW 7)

How far will Memphis slide with Marc Gasol out because of a broken foot?

9. Hawks – 31-24 (LW 9)

Atlanta led the East last season, but now the conference is tougher.

10. Trail Blazers – 27-27 (LW 17)

Not many teams are playing better than Portland lately.

11. Jazz – 26-26 (LW 16)

Derrick Favors’ return from injury boosted Utah tremendously.

12. Heat – 29-24 (LW 10)

Miami hopes Chris Bosh heals quickly from the calf injury that forced him out of the All-Star Game.

13. Pacers – 28-25 (LW 15)

Can Indiana get hot and return to the top four in the East?

14. Hornets – 27-26 (LW 18)

Kemba Walker missed on two alternate spots for the East All-Star team.

15. Bulls – 27-25 (LW 11)

Chicago is floundering lately, having lost four in a row and seven of 10.

16. Mavericks – 29-26 (LW 14)

The Mavericks have lost six of 10 and continue to be at risk of slipping out of the top eight in the West.

17. Pistons – 27-27 (LW 12)

Detroit entered the break on a three-game losing streak.

18. Rockets – 27-28 (LW 13)

Complaints of chemistry issues could lead to a roster shakeup in Houston.

19. Nuggets – 22-32 (LW 22)

Denver is hanging on in the West.

20. Wizards – 23-28 (LW 19)

At ninth in the East, Washington has had one of the most disappointing seasons thus far.

21. Magic – 23-29 (LW 24)

Orlando won just three of its 10 games leading to the All-Star break.

22. Pelicans – 20-33 (LW 23)

New Orleans must compensate for the loss of Tyreke Evans, out for the season after knee surgery.

23. Kings – 22-31 (LW 21)

Sacramento’s defense is a big reason it has lost eight of 10.

24. Bucks – 22-32 (LW 25)

Milwaukee won its last two games before the break.

25. Knicks – 23-32 (LW 20)

Th team must move forward after Derek Fisher was fired as coach.

26. Timberwolves – 17-37 (LW 26)

How the young nucleus finishes could lead to momentum for next season.

27. Nets – 14-40 (LW 27)

Brooklyn is still looking for a new general manager.

28. Lakers – 11-44 (LW 29)

Coach Byron Scott continues to challenge rookie D’Angelo Russell.

29. 76ers – 8-45 (LW 30)

Philadelphia must learn to close out games.

30. Suns – 14-40 (LW 28)

Nine-game losing streak and teammates shoving each other on the sideline? Not a lot of good in Phoenix.

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