NBA Power Rankings: Is Toronto The Biggest Threat To Houston And Golden State?

The NBA season is nearly at the All-Star break, and many teams across the league are ready for the extended break this weekend in order to get some rest. The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have clearly separated themselves as the two best teams in the league, but the Toronto Raptors are playing the best basketball of any team in the East.

Those three take over the top spots in our rankings, does the rest of the league shake out prior to the All-Star break? Here are our latest NBA Power Rankings.

30) Phoenix Suns (18-40)
Phoenix has the third toughest schedule remaining and is coming off a 46-point drubbing at the hands of the Warriors. Right now, they're clearly the worst team in the league.

29) Memphis Grizzlies (18-37)
Without Mike Conley, the Grizzlies have been simply putrid offensively. They have more turnovers than assists over the course of the last week.

28) Sacramento Kings (17-38)
The Kings continue to trot out lineups full of youth. This season continues to be about getting experience for those young players.

27) Orlando Magic (18-38)
Orlando won three games last week - the same amount they won from Dec. 8 and Jan. 30. Still, it's hard to imagine them doing anything of consequence for the remainder of the season.

26) Dallas Mavericks (18-39)
The Mavs have had a tough season but are 2-3 over their past five games with wins coming over the Kings and Lakers.

25) Atlanta Hawks (18-39)
Atlanta has won three of their last five games and has hurt their chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the process. 

24) Brooklyn Nets (19-39)
Brooklyn has had a surprising amount of success this season, but they've lost nine of their last 10 games - something the Cavs are hoping continues.

23) New York Knicks (23-35)
The Knicks have been reeling since Kristaps Porzingis' injury, failing to pick up a win last week. New York is 1-8 without The Unicorn this season and appear to be tanking for the rest of the year.

22) Charlotte Hornets (23-33)
Charlotte was 0-4 last week after a three-game winning streak. At least Kemba Walker was selected to replace Porzingis in the All-Star Game.

21) Chicago Bulls (20-36)
Chicago continues to show promise with their young core of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen. Their rebuild is ahead of schedule but don't be surprised if they're more cautious with some players to improve their chances of getting a better draft pick.

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20) Los Angeles Lakers (23-32)
Los Angeles made the move to acquire Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline in order to free up future cap space, but he also gives them an added spark off the bench. We'll know if they'll sink or swim by the end of the month.

19) New Orleans Pelicans (30-26)
Anthony Davis is doing everything he can to carry the Pelicans without DeMarcus Cousins, recording four games with at least 38 points in his last six outings. However, he hasn't been getting much help.

18) Los Angeles Clippers (29-26)
The Clippers continue to remain relevant in the post-Blake Griffin era, winning six of their last eight games.

17) Miami Heat (30-26)
Miami's surprising season has cooled off a bit of late, but adding Dwyane Wade gives them a needed closer and more firepower off the bench.

16) Detroit Pistons (27-29)
Detroit looks like a more potent team since acquiring Blake Griffin - but they've lost three games in a row.  

15) Philadelphia 76ers (29-25)
The Sixers have won four games in a row and are emerging as a virtual lock to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. T.J. McConnell recorded their first triple-double by a bench player since 2016 in last night's win over the Knicks.

14) Denver Nuggets (30-26)
Denver has only won one road game since Dec. 23 but continues to hold serve at home, keeping them at No. 6 in the Western Conference.

13) Indiana Pacers (32-25)
Victor Oladipo already has more 30-point games this season (10) than he had in the first four seasons of his career combined. He's the biggest reason why Indiana will be in the playoffs this season.

12) Utah Jazz (29-28)
Led by Rookie of the Year favorite Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz have won 10 games in a row and have put themselves right back into the playoff mix in the West.

11) Portland Trail Blazers (31-26)
Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and an improved Jusuf Nurkic have Portland looking like a legit playoff team. The biggest reason for that is their success on the road (15-15).

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10) Washington Wizards (32-24)
Washington has won six of their last eight games without John Wall after going 3-6 in the nine games prior to his injury, moving them to fourth in the East.

9) Milwaukee Bucks (31-24)
Milwaukee is 8-2 after firing former head coach Jason Kidd. Sensing a trend?

8) Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25)
OKC still misses Andre Roberson on the defensive end, but Paul George could very well win Defensive Player of the Year and their offense is good enough to beat anyone - as we saw with their drubbing of the Warriors in Golden State.

7) Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22)
Yes, it's only one game, but the Cavs looked awfully good with new pieces George Hil, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. They're younger, more athletic, and shoot better from deep.

6) Minnesota Timberwolves (35-24)
Minnesota has only gone 4-6 in their last 10 games, showing how badly they need to get to the All-Star break and get some rest.

5) San Antonio Spurs (35-23)
The Spurs have been absolutely incredible without Kawhi Leonard this season, making Kawhi Leonard an underrated candidate for Coach of the Year. Why have they been so successful? They're 22-6 at home.

4) Boston Celtics (40-18)
Boston is another team that really needs the All-Star break to get here, having lost three of their last four games following a four-game win streak.

3) Toronto Raptors (39-16)
The Raptors have won five straight games by at least 15 points and some of those dominant wins - Celtics, Trail Blazers - have come against quality teams. This Toronto team feels different, but we won't know for sure until the postseason.

2) Houston Rockets (42-13)
The Rockets have only lost twice when James Harden and Chris Paul play together, making them a very serious challenger to the Warriors. They're currently riding an eight-game win streak.

1) Golden State Warriors (44-13)
The champs are still the champs. Despite their open readiness for the All-Star break, Golden State has still won seven of their last 10 games.

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