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1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 56-14
The Rockets have won 22 of 23 games. Clint Capela has three straight double-doubles for a team-high total of 36 this season, ninth most in the league. Houston plays its best basketball in the opening half of the game, leading the league in several categories including points (59.0) and scoring margin (+6.3).
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 52-18
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The Raptors had their 12-game winning streak snapped by the Thunder on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan has scored 20-plus points in each of his last three games. With the home loss to OKC, Toronto falls to 43-2 when leading after three quarters and 29-6 at the Air Canada Centre, which tops the league.
3 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 53-17
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The Warriors have lost three of five. Draymond Green has posted a double-double in each of his last two games to give him 21 for the season, which is the second most in his six-year career. Golden State is 13-7 without Steph Curry (ankle) and 8-2 without Kevin Durant (ribs).
4 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 44-26
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The Trail Blazers have won 13 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in franchise history. Mo Harkless has been scalding hot, tallying 48 points on 18 of 27 shooting (66.7%) and 7 of 11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc.
5 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 40-30
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The Pacers are on their third losing streak in 2018 as they have dropped their last two contests. Victor Oladipo, who leads the league with 2.3 steals a game, has come away with 11 thefts in his four games this past week. Indiana, which commits the sixth-most turnovers at 13.5 a contest, is just 13-12 when turning the ball over more times than its opponents.
6 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 47-23
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The Celtics have lost three of four. After two months of struggling, rookie Jayson Tatum has regained his early-season form and is averaging 14.0 points and 5.3 rebounds this month, as he has reached double-figures in six of his last seven games. Boston has lost three straight games against teams with a winning record.
7 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 40-30
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The Jazz have won nine straight. Rudy Gobert, who has nine double-doubles this month, is averaging 19.3 points along with 13.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in March. Utah, which ranks second in scoring defense and defensive rating, is allowing the second-fewest second-chance points (10.7), third-fewest fast-break points (9.8) and fourth-fewest points in the paint (41.7).
8 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 38-32
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The Nuggets are 3-2 in their last five. Nikola Jokic, who has had two triple-doubles and one double-double in his last five games, is averaging 19.2 points, along with 10.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists, since March 9. Denver, 11-22 away from the Pepsi Center, has six more games left on its season-high seven-game road trip.
9 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 40-29
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The Cavs are 6-7 in their last 13 games. Okaro White has joined the Cavaliers on a 10-day contract. Cleveland, which just finished a season-long six-game road trip (3-3), will play its next three games at home, where the Cavs are 22-11.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 43-29
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The Thunder have won six straight and are now 5-2 against the Rockets, Raptors and Warriors after Sunday’s victory over Toronto. Russell Westbrook has posted a double-double in five straight games. OKC’s starters, which produce 75.8% of its 107.1 points, leads the league in offensive rebounds (9.6), total rebounds (33) and steals (6.6).
11 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 40-30
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The Pelicans are 2-4 in their last six. Anthony Davis has posted five straight double-doubles and is averaging 27.6 points and 12.6 rebounds since returning to action on March 11 after missing one game with a sprained ankle.
12 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 40-30
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The Spurs are 3-0 on their current six-game homestand; they are 26-8 at home this season. LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 24 or more points in each of the team’s last three games, including a double-double with a 3- point, 10-rebound effort against the Timberwolves on Monday.
13 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 38-30
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The 76ers have won six of nine. Joel Embiid, who has scored in double-figures in four straight games, pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds on March 16 for his third straight double-double. Philadelphia, the league leader in turnovers, committed five turnovers on Friday and has averaged 13.7 per game since March 13.
14 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 40-30
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The Wizards have won two in a row and four of six. Bradley Beal, 15th in the league in scoring at 23.3 points a game, has scored in double-figures in eight straight contests. Washington has three games this upcoming week with two of those contests against Western Conference foes, who the Wizards are 14-12 against this season.
15 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 37-32
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The Clippers have dropped three in a row. Montrezl Harrell has seen his production increase steadily throughout the season, as he is averaging 15.3 points along with 4.0 rebounds while shooting 70.7% from the field in the month of March. Los Angeles is two games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference with 13 games left.
16 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 40-31
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The Timberwolves have lost five of seven. Derrick Rose had his best game on Sunday since joining the team at the beginning of the month, scoring 14 points and doling out three assists while shooting 6 of 11 from the field. Minnesota is now 6-9 without leading scorer Jimmy Butler (knee), who could return before the end of the season.
17 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 37-32
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The Bucks have won three of four. Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a great month, recording five double-doubles and tallying 30 points on four occasions, including two 30-point double-doubles over his last two games. Starting with Cleveland on Monday, Milwaukee plays three of its next four games against teams with a winning record; the Bucks are just 17-24 against teams with a .500-plus record this year.
18 Miami Heat Miami Heat 37-33
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The Heat snapped a two-game losing streak with a 92-91 win over the Lakers on Friday, improving their record to 12-15 against Western Conference teams. Goran Dragic, who made the game-winning floater against the Lakers with under 11 seconds left, has scored 30 or more points in each of his last two games and five times this season. Miami, 20-13 at American Airlines Arena, will host Denver (Monday) and New York (Wednesday) in its next two games.
19 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 31-38
The Lakers have lost two straight and four of six. Julius Randle has recorded four straight double-doubles, averaging 27.3 points along with 12.3 boards over this stretch. Brandon Ingram, who has missed the last eight games with a sore groin, had his status upgraded to day-to-day.
20 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 24-45
The Bulls are 4-4 in their last eight. Denzel Valentine, who has scored in double-figures in three of his last five games, poured in a career-best 34 points on Saturday, as he knocked down 8 of 11 from beyond the arc. Chicago gets only 14.2% of its points from the charity stripe — the second-lowest amount in the league.
21 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 30-40
The Hornets have lost seven of nine, and five straight on the road following their loss to New York at MSG on Saturday. Dwight Howard, who has a double-double in four straight games, is averaging a season-high 20.5 points while shooting 59.5% from the field for the month of February. Charlotte, which ranks third in the league in turnovers at 12.5 a game, is a committing a league-low 10.5 per contest since February 28.
22 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 23-48
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The Kings are 5-5 in their last 10. Buddy Hield, who has scored in double-figures in four of his last five games, has made 10 of his last 18 shots from long-distance. Sacramento’s bench, which outscored the Jazz reserves 56-15 on Sunday, leads the league in scoring (45.5) and 3-point percentage (39.3%).
23 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 30-39
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The Pistons have lost 16 of 19. Andre Drummond picked up his 51st double-double on the season and his 14th game of 20 or more rebounds on Saturday against Portland as he finished with 18 points and 22 caroms. Detroit, 9-25 away from home, has lost 12 straight on the road and still has three more games remaining on its current six-game road swing.
24 New York Knicks New York Knicks 25-45
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The Knicks snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Hornets on Saturday, marking just their third win since January 30 (3-17). Tim Hardaway poured in 25 points against the Hornets, marking the fourth time in the past seven games that he has topped the 20-point plateau. New York has given up over 100 points in each of its last 16 games and is allowing 114.3 points, the third-most in the league, since February 4.
25 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 22-48
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The Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with their victory over the Mavs on Saturday. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has two double-doubles and is averaging 18.6 points along with 8.0 rebounds while shooting 58.1% from the floor over his last five games. Brooklyn outscored Dallas 26-17 in the fourth quarter Saturday for just its fifth victory in 44 contests when trailing after three quarters.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 21-49
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The Magic have lost six of seven. Jonathan Simmons had an up-and-down week; still, he extended his double-figure scoring streak to five straight games with three games over 10 points, which included a career-high 35 points on March 14. Orlando, ranked 24th in the league in scoring at 104.9 points per game, is averaging 96.8 points since March 6, as they have been held to under the century mark in four of their last six games.
27 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 20-50
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The Hawks have dropped six in a row. Taurean Prince has been on a tear of late, scoring 22 or more points in each of his last four games, which includes two games of 38 points (career high). He is averaging 30.8 points, while shooting 50% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc, since March 11. Atlanta produces 18.1 points per game off of turnovers, the third-most in the league, as the Hawks force the second-most turnovers per game at 15.6.
28 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 22-48
The Mavs have lost two straight and three of four. Dennis Smith Jr. is currently having his best scoring month of the season, as he has scored in double-figures on six occasions, averaging 18.1 points during this span. Dallas, which has the fourth-fewest road wins in the league (8), is 1-2 on its current four-game road trip, with a contest at New Orleans (Tuesday) remaining.
29 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 19-50
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The Griz snapped their 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday. Tyreke Evans tallied 45 points and doled out 16 assists, while also knocking down seven three-pointers, in his first two games back after missing 10 straight contests.
30 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 19-52
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The Suns have lost 18 of 19. Rookie Josh Jackson poured in a career-high 36 points, as he made 14-of-23 shots from the field against the Warriors on Saturday. Phoenix has a league-high 34 losses by 10 or more points, which is five more losses than the Hawks, which has next most with 29.

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