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Jason Jones ranks the NBA teams

Guard Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors brought a four-game lead into their road game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. .... Curry celebrates a three-point shot during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Dallas. Golden State won 130-112.
Guard Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors brought a four-game lead into their road game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. .... Curry celebrates a three-point shot during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Dallas. Golden State won 130-112. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 62-6 (last week 1)

Topping the 1995-96 Bulls’ 72-10 record for the best regular season looks more like a formality at this point.

2. Spurs – 58-10 (LW 2)

No team with this record has been considered an underdog to win the championship, right?

3. Cavaliers – 49-19 (LW 3)

Still a level of uneasiness about this team with the playoffs approaching.

4. Raptors – 47-21 (LW 4)

Still waiting for big free-agent pickup DeMarre Carroll to return from his knee injury.

5. Clippers – 43-24 (LW 5)

Time is running out for Blake Griffin to get in some games before the playoffs.

6. Thunder – 47-22 (LW 8)

Russell Westbrook is piling up triple doubles (13).

7. Hawks – 40-29 (LW 11)

Atlanta has surged to No. 3 in the East.

8. Heat – 39-29 (LW 9)

Many would love to see Miami and Cleveland, LeBron James’ two teams, meet in the playoffs.

9. Hornets – 39-29 (LW 10)

Kemba Walker deserves All-NBA consideration.

10. Celtics – 39-30 (LW 6)

Four-game losing streak has Boston searching for answers.

11. Grizzlies – 39-30 (LW 7)

Four consecutive losses as injuries continue to mount.

12. Pacers – 36-32 (LW 13)

Monta Ellis leads Indiana with 4.8 assists per game.

13. Trail Blazers – 36-34 (LW 12)

Portland’s backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum might be the second best in the NBA behind the Warriors’.

14. Rockets – 35-34 (LW 15)

Now that they have the same agent, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard are buddies?

15. Pistons – 35-34 (LW 14)

Detroit hopes to take advantage of a nine-game homestand.

16. Bulls – 34-33 (LW 17)

Allowing 103.1 points per game has held back Chicago this season.

17. Wizards – 33-35 (LW 18)

John Wall is doing all he can to keep Washington in playoff contention.

18. Jazz – 33-35 (LW 19)

After a rough stretch, Utah has won four in a row.

19. Mavericks – 34-35 (LW 16)

Reality might be setting in for overachieving Dallas.

20. Bucks – 30-39 (LW 21)

Giannis Antetokounmpo has shown a versatile skill set to cover up Milwaukee’s injuries.

21. Magic – 29-39 (LW 20)

Elfrid Payton’s five-game absence (elbow) has hurt Orlando.

22. Nuggets – 28-41 (LW 23)

Kenneth Faried’s sore back means more opportunities for young players.

23. Pelicans – 25-43 (LW 23)

Ryan Anderson will be a coveted free agent because of his outside shooting.

24. Knicks – 28-41 (LW 25)

Will Phil Jackson dare to hire a coach who does not believe in the triangle offense?

25. Kings – 26-42 (LW 24)

Their top-10 protected draft pick will be safe at this rate.

26. Timberwolves – 22-47 (LW 26)

If Kevin Garnett imparts defensive wisdom, it will help Minnesota’s young stars in the future.

27. Nets – 19-49 (LW 27)

Without its first-round pick, will Brooklyn look to strike big in free agency?

28. Suns – 19-50 (LW 29)

Interim coach Earl Watson should receive serious consideration for the permanent job in the offseason.

29. Lakers – 14-55 (LW 28)

It’s about time for rumors of which big-name player or coach wants to be a Laker.

30. 76ers – 9-60 (LW 30)

Still need one win to avoid matching the worst record in league history.

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