Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 15-0
The Warriors are off to the best start for defending World Champions and are one win shy of setting a new record for best start in NBA history. Golden State is the top three-point-shooting team in terms of both makes and percentage. Ten of the Dubs 15 victories have been by double-digits.
2 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 10-3
The Cavaliers earned an impressive 109-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday despite having just two healthy starters available: Kevin Love and LeBron James. James scored 19 points against the Hawks and now needs 21 points to surpass Reggie Miller (25,279) on the all-time scoring list.
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 10-3
The Spurs defeated Memphis 92-82 on Saturday night for their seventh win in the past eight contests. Seven of the team’s wins have been by double-figures. With the victory over Memphis, Gregg Popovich has 1,032 wins and moved within 10 of tying Rick Adelman for eighth on the career list.
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 8-4
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The Bulls went 2-1 this week with their loss coming against the Warriors; Chicago played without Derrick Rose that game. The loss was Chicago’s first in five games, despite the fact that Joakim Noah has yet to find his rhythm and Tony Snell and Doug McDermott have been inconsistent.
5 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 8-5
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The Pacers are 8-2 in their past 10 games, which ties the Cavaliers for the best record in the Eastern Conference over that stretch. Indiana sank a season-high 15 three-pointers in their 123-86 victory over Milwaukee. Their 123 points are the most since the Pacers defeated the New York Knicks 125-91 on Feb. 20, 2013.
6 Miami Heat Miami Heat 8-4
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The Heat went 2-1 for the week after eking out a 96-91 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. The Heat had just 32 points at halftime, with 17 coming from Dwyane Wade. Wade moved past Dale Ellis into the No. 50 spot on the all-time scoring list after hitting two free throws in the second quarter on Saturday.
7 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 8-6
The Thunder won for the second time in five games, overcoming a double-digit third quarter deficit against Dallas. Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 11 assists. OKC is 2-2 without Kevin Durant, who is nursing a hamstring injury. Westbrook is averaging 36 points, 10 assists and 6.2 rebounds in games without Durant.
8 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 9-5
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The Mavs had their six-game winning streak snapped with Sunday’s loss to the Thunder. The last time Dallas had a winning streak longer than six games was in 2011-12, when they won 12 straight. JaVale McGee debuted against OKC, producing eight points along with six rebounds in 11 minutes.
9 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 9-6
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The Raptors concluded a five-game West Coast road trip 2-3 with an impressive 91-80 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. DeMarre Carroll (21 points), DerMar Rozan (21), Luis Scola (20) and Kyle Lowry (13) combined for 74 points against the Clips. Bismack Biyombo produced six points and 14 caroms in his first start of the season, as he filled in for Jonas Valanciunas, who is out with a broken hand.
10 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 9-6
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The Hawks have lost five of their last eight games with their loss to Cleveland on Saturday. Coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected in the second quarter after making contact with referee Ben Taylor. Kent Bazemore missed his third straight game on Saturday with a sprained right ankle and is out indefinitely.
11 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 7-6
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The Hornets have won two straight to go 2-1 this week, but none of their last five victories have been against overly impressive teams. Al Jefferson had a throwback game against Philadelphia on Friday, posting 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five blocks. Charlotte makes the third most three-pointers a game (9.7), shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc, which is seventh in the league.
12 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 7-6
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The Pistons ended a four-game skid earlier this week, defeating the Cavs (106-96). Andre Drummond’s streak of double-doubles ended at 12 in Detroit’s loss to Washington on Saturday. Detroit will get its first look at former Piston Greg Monroe when they travel to Milwaukee on Monday.
13 New York Knicks New York Knicks 8-6
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The Knicks have won four straight, marking the first time the team has won that many since the final four games to conclude the 2013-14 season. Seven-foot-three rookie Kristaps Porzingis is having an excellent start to his first NBA season -- he became just the fifth rookie to post 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks when he did so on Saturday against Houston. New York hasn’t been two games above .500 this late in the season since 2012-13.
14 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 6-4
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The Wizards went 2-0 this week and have won three straight. Bradley Beal, who leads the Wiz with 20.0 points a game, tallied just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in Washington’s 97-95 victory over Detroit on Saturday. Beal had missed the Wizards’ last three games.
15 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 7-7
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The Griz had their four-game win streak snapped against the Spurs on Saturday. Memphis is 4-1 with Mario Chalmers in the lineup. Chalmers has struggled shooting the ball the last two games, but is still averaging 14.4 points and 1.4 three-pointers in less than 20 minutes a game off the bench.
16 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 6-7
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What’s wrong with the Clippers? The Clips have dropped three in a row and seven of nine. The free agent signings of Paul Pierce and Josh Smith and the trade for Lance Stephenson have not worked out to date.
17 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 6-6
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The Jazz split their two games this week, defeating Toronto at home and losing at Dallas. Utah has played nine of their 12 games on the road so far, going 4-5 in those contests. Alec Burks has looked good this year after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.
18 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 7-6
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The Celtics went 2-2 this week as they split a home-and-home with the Brooklyn Nets. Avery Bradley, who has thrived a backup recently, will move back into the starting lineup with the leg injury to Marcus Smart. Smith is expected to be out at least two weeks.
19 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 7-6
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The Suns have lost two of three after falling to New Orleans (122-116) on Sunday. Phoenix is third in the league in scoring at 105.8 points as Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight have combined for 44.7 points and 10.5 assists this season.
20 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 6-7
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The Magic split their two games this week, defeating Minnesota in overtime and losing to Sacramento. Orlando has been significantly better on the defensive end under first-year head coach Scott Skiles this year. The Magic are No. 16 in the league in scoring defense and No. 3 in opponent shooting percentage — Orlando ranked No. 23 in points against and No. 28 in opponents field goal percentage.
21 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 6-8
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The Nuggets have lost three straight and four of five. Seven of their eight losses have been by double-figures.
22 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 5-8
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The Bucks went 0-3 during the week, and they have now lost five of six. Milwaukee has surrendered 100 or more points in each of their losses. Giannis Antetokounmpo has said he is a fan of Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber.
23 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 5-9
The Kings finished 1-2 during the week as they used a 22-2 spurt late in the third quarter to take command of their game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday. DeMarcus Cousins has five double-doubles in his past six games. Sacramento is 5-2 in games Cousins has played in.
24 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 5-9
The Rockets have lost six of seven with their only victory coming at home against Portland. Dwight Howard is playing just one of the games in back-to-back contests. Houston is 1-4 in games without Howard.
25 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 5-8
The Timberwolves have lost two straight and are 1-6 in their last seven games. Minnesota is 0-6 at home. Kevin Martin will start in place of Tayshaun Prince in an attempt to kickstart a struggling offense.
26 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 6-9
The Blazers have won two straight after beating the Clippers Friday to snap a seven-game losing streak. Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee each posted a double-double against the Clips. Davis contributed 17 points and 15 boards, including 10 on the offensive end.
27 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 3-11
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The Pelicans are on their first winning streak of the season as they have defeated the Spurs and Suns their past two games. New Orleans tallied a season-high 122 points in the victory against Phoenix (122-116) and now has topped the 120-point mark three times this season. Ryan Anderson has shot the ball very well recently, tallying 24 points the past four games and making 14-of-32 from beyond the arc.
28 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 2-11
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The Lakers have lost three straight after ending a four-game skid last Sunday. Kobe Bryant has played the most minutes of any Laker this season, despite the team’s insistence that the 37-year-old was going to see less court time. Bryant leads the team in scoring and assists.
29 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 3-11
The Nets won their third game of the season on Sunday, defeating Boston 111-101. Six players, led by Brook Lopez with 23, scored in double-figures. Brooklyn is 1-8 on the road.
30 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 0-14
The 76ers have now lost 24 straight games dating back to last season. Philadelphia had their biggest lead of the season against Miami (16 points) on Saturday. Robert Covington missed his first 18- 3-point attempts this season before making his first against Miami. He finished the game 3-of-6 on three-pointers.


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