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As NBA teams come back from the All-star break, the focus now shifts to the playoffs. The trade deadline has pumped up a few teams but we already have an idea who the top teams are (for the most part). Is there a team out there poised to make a serious run?
1. Boston Celtics (42-17)
Fresh off his 55 points performance in the All-star game, Jayson Tatum continues as the MVP frontrunner. The Celtics are ranked in the top five in steals and blocked shots.
2. Denver Nuggets (42-18)
Denver’s next three opponents all appear on this top ten list. They’ll have their work cut out for them, starting with Cleveland on Thursday.
3. Milwaukee Bucks (41-17)
The injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo”s wrist doesn’t look like it will sideline the former MVP for very long. The Bucks are currently riding a twelve game winning streak.
4. Philadelphia 76ers (38-19)
Philadelphia has win six out of their last eight games. They’ll play a huge two-game stretch coming up against Memphis and Boston.
5. Memphis Grizzlies (35-22)
The Grizzlies are 11-12 on the road and 5-10 on the road against the Western Conference. Five of their next seven games are on the road, with four of those games coming against the West.
6. Cleveland Cavaliers (38-23)
The Cavaliers have won seven out of their last eight games. They’ll play four out of their next six games at home.
7. Los Angeles Clippers (33-28)
The Clippers are set to sign Russell Westbrook the minute he’s bought out by the Utah Jazz. After adding Eric Gordon recently, they seem to have a plethora not guards to go around.
8. Phoenix Suns (32-28)
The newly acquired Kevin Durant could make his Suns debut Friday against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Everybody is waiting to see how this combination of players will work out.
9. Dallas Mavericks (31-29)
Dallas is 3-3 with Kyrie Irving in the lineup. The Mavericks are 3-0 when Kyrie plays without Luka Doncic and 0-3 when Luka and Kyrie play together.
10. Sacramento Kings (32-25)
Sacramento averages 119.5 points per game which currently leads the NBA. De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis combine to average 43.6 points per game.