With the NBA regular season in full swing it is never too early to start thinking about the playoffs. Some teams are on the rise while others seem to be stuck in neutral. Lets take a look at how the top teams stack up at the end of February.
10. Boston Celtics
Boston has under performed most of the season, but a healthy Kyrie Irving can likely rally the team.
The Celtics will hope to have another win streak to better their playoff seeding and ensure they stay ahead of division rival Brooklyn. Being 6-4 in their last ten games is a decent stretch but this team has struggled to string wins together all season, save their 8-0 run a few weeks ago.
9. Houston Rockets
The Rockets are 6-4 in their last ten games. They lead their division and have a talented roster of veteran players. Their over reliance on James Harden may prove to be too much for the team to overcome.
Chris Paul returning to his proper form will hopefully help to push the team beyond others come the playoffs.
8. Philadelphia 76ers
Philly is obviously in a “win-now” kind of mode based on the trade deals GM Elton Brand has pulled off. The 76ers are 6-4 in their last ten games and rely heavily on the oft injured Joel Embiid.
As Joel “The Process” Embiid goes, so go the Philadelphia 76ers. If he is able to heat up in April, the rest of the team should follow.
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook continues to average a triple-double on the year. Most of their losses come from games where they are within five points of their opponents.
The Thunder are 7-3 in their last ten games and have never really been out of a game all year. The team looks to heat up as April approaches.
6. Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have been a solid team all year with a 7-3 record for the last ten games. Portland is another team that never seems to lose big. Damian Lillard is the unquestioned leader of this team and he can bring you some big games.
If CJ McCollum can be the more consistent shooter he has shown us he is, this team can could cause headaches in the playoffs.
5. Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic is averaging a double-double. They are 7-3 in their last ten games. The team has had a great year, but I am not sure if it can be sustained in the playoffs.
With so many superstars in the West, the Denver Nuggets may not make it past the second round.
4. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are 8-2 in their last ten games. The squad has a number of solid players in its core and they seem to play well as a team.
The Indiana Pacers will however miss Victor Oladipo come April. He had a successful surgery on his injured knee and hopes to be back in good form next year.
3. Toronto Raptors
The Toronto squad is having a great season behind the MVP-candidate Kawhi Leonard and All-Star Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors are 8-2 in their last ten games and would be the favorite in the East post-Lebron if not for another team on this list.
2. Golden State Warriors
Even with the early season drama and initial pedestrian play, the Warriors are leading the conference and are 7-3 in their last ten games.
The West will have to go through The Town and the super-team is finally healthy and clicking together.
1. Milwaukee Bucks
The Greek Freak is averaging a triple-double and is having an MVP-type season. Giannis Antetokounmpo may just be able to lead his squad to the finals.
If the Bucks can remain healthy for the playoffs, they have a chance to run the table and challenge the Western champion for NBA dominance.
By: Tyler Reynolds
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