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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 36-9
The Warriors have won 23 of 26. David West, averaging 8.7 points a game in January before Monday’s win, has scored in double-figures in four of seven games this month. Golden State, which has an NBA-best 20-3 road record, led the league with 118 points on the road and a +9.9 scoring margin as of Sunday.
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 34-10
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The Celtics have won seven in a row. Reserve power forward Daniel Theis is averaging 6.5 points along with 5.8 rebounds while shooting 52.3% from the field in 16.0 minutes of action over his last 10 games. Boston has the most second-half comebacks in the league, possessing a 12-9 record when trailing at halftime and a 7-6 record when trailing after three quarters.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 30-12
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The Rockets had won three consecutive games before Monday’s loss to the Clippers and are 5-3 in their last eight. Clint Capela, who has four double-doubles in his six games before Monday, was producing 15.8 points on 60.8% shooting from the field, along with 11.7 rebounds in January. Houston led the league in defensive rebounding percentage at 81.3%.
4 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 29-13
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The Raptors went 1-2 in their just-concluded three-game home stand, dropping their season record to 15-3 at the Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan, who has four games of 35 points in January, was averaging 31.7 points along with 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 48.8% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc this month before Monday’s game. Toronto, which had the league’s second-best scoring margin at +8.1, was 2-11 when trailing after three quarters.
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 29-16
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The Timberwolves have matched their season-high five-game winning streak and are 12-3 in their last 15. Leading scorer Jimmy Butler has scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games. Minnesota, 18-6 at the Target Center, completed their first 5-0 home stand since 2001 with a 120-103 victory over Portland on Sunday. They won all five games by double-figures.
6 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 25-19
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The Wizards have won six of nine. John Wall had perhaps his best three-game stretch of the season (Wed- Sat) posting two double-doubles while totaling 88 points, 36 assists, 12 rebounds, six steals and shooting 50% (36-of-72) from the field. Washington’s six losses (2-6) in games decided by three or fewer points ties them for the most in the Eastern Conference and second most in the NBA overall.
7 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 29-16
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The Spurs are 4-5 in their last nine. Davis Bertans, who was averaging a season-best 13.0 points in a season-high 24.9 minutes in January before Monday’s game, has topped the double-figure mark in five of seven games. That includes pouring in 28 points against Sacramento on Jan. 8. San Antonio has won 12 straight at the AT&T Center to give them an NBA-best home record at 19-2.
8 Miami Heat Miami Heat 25-18
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The Heat had won a season-high seven straight games before their loss to the Bulls. Hassan Whiteside had produced four double-doubles and two blocks in each of his last four contests before Monday. The Heat, now 13-10 away from home, plays 10 of their next 12 games on the road.
9 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 26-17
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The Cavaliers have lost four straight and nine of 12. Isaiah Thomas has struggled since returning from injury, compiling 12.3 points on just 35.2% shooting from the field and registering a career-low 1.18 assist-to-turnover ratio before Monday’s loss to the Warriors. Cleveland is a league-best 20-0 when leading after three quarters.
10 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 22-20
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The Pistons have lost six of nine following their loss to Charlotte on Saturday, and are now 9-8 against teams with a sub-.500 winning percentage. Avery Bradley, who was averaging 15.7 points in January before Monday, scored a team-high 26 points as he tied his season-high with six triples against the Bulls. With their loss to Chicago, Detroit fell to 3-3 in games decided by three or fewer points.
11 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 24-20
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The Pacers have won five of six. Darren Collison, who is having the most efficient season of his career, is averaging 14.4 points on 60.5% shooting from the field and 54.5% shooting from beyond the arc over the last five games before Monday. Indiana, 7-9 against teams in the Western Conference, has three more games left on its five-game West Coast trip after defeating Utah on Monday.
12 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 24-20
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Saturday’s (101-91) win over the Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak and was just their third in eight games. Russell Westbrook has posted at least a double-double in 13 consecutive games, as he also has four triple-doubles during this stretch. OKC, which ranks 27th in second half scoring with 49.9 points a game, tallied just 32 points on Saturday.
13 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 22-20
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The Pelicans have won four of six and currently stand sixth in the Western Conference. Anthony Davis, who poured in a season-high 48 points and grabbed 17 rebounds on Sunday, has topped the 30-point plateau in each of his last three games, while averaging 27.8 points on 58.7% shooting from the floor in January.
14 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 22-21
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The Clippers have won five straight, matching their season high, and are now over .500 since Nov. 7 when they were 5-5. Lou Williams, who scored a career-high 50 points against Golden State on Jan. 10, is averaging 27.4 points and 5.7 dimes since Dec. 1. Since Christmas Day, Los Angeles is 9-2 and has the second-highest scoring margin in the league during the stretch.
15 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 23-20
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The Bucks have lost six of ten with all of those losses coming by double-figures. Malcolm Brogdon, who is shooting 52.1% from the floor in January, had scored in double-figures in eight straight games as of Sunday and was averaging 14.6 points for the month. Milwaukee, currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, owns the conference’s worst road record at 9-12 among teams currently in the playoffs.
16 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 22-21
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The Trail Blazers have lost three straight. Damian Lillard, who is shooting a season-high 47.2% in January, is struggling with turnovers this month as he is averaging 4.2 a game while also contributing 7.2 assists. Portland, which ranks 26th in the league in second-quarter points with 24.6 a game, was held to just 10 points in the second period in a loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
17 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 22-21
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The Nuggets have lost four of five. Paul Millsap, who has missed 27 consecutive games with a wrist injury, is targeting a return sometime around the NBA All-Star break. Denver has allowed its opponents to reach the century mark in 29 of 43 games and own a 10-19 record in those contests.
18 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 20-20
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The 76ers’ loss to the Celtics in London was their first in five games. Before Monday’s win over the Raptors, JJ Redick had scored 20 or more points and knocked down at least three trifectas in four straight games. Philadelphia has the second-fewest wins in the league when trailing at halftime as they own a 3-14 record in those situations.
19 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 17-27
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The Bulls have won 14 of 21. Zach LaVine scored 14 points in 19 minutes in his debut for the Bulls on Saturday. Chicago, which tied its franchise record with 17 three-pointers against Detroit on Saturday, has made 10 or more treys in seven straight before Monday.
20 New York Knicks New York Knicks 20-24
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The Knicks had lost three straight and 11 of 14 before Monday’s win over the Nets. Kristaps Porzingis, who had topped the 20-point mark in three of his last four, has struggled in the month of January, averaging 19.9 points while shooting just 37.0% from the field.
21 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 15-28
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The Lakers are on a season-high four-game winning streak, although they are just 7-14 since Dec. 1. Julius Randle has two double-doubles in his last three games, averaging 15.0 points along with 11.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0% from the field (17-of-34). With their overtime victory over Dallas, Los Angeles is 2-4 in games that have gone into extra time.
22 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 17-25
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The Jazz have lost five of seven. Before Monday, Rookie reserve Royce O’Neale, who was averaging 3.6 points a game, had scored in double-figures in each of his last two games and five times this year. Utah is 10-16 this year without center Rudy Gobert, who has missed the last 14 games with a knee injury.
23 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 17-26
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The Jazz have lost five of seven. Before Monday, Rookie reserve Royce O’Neale, who was averaging 3.6 points a game, had scored in double-figures in each of his last two games and five times this year. Utah is 10-16 this year without center Rudy Gobert, who has missed the last 14 games with a knee injury.
24 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 16-28
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The Suns have lost five of seven. Josh Jackson, who scored a season-high 21 points in a loss to Indiana on Sunday, has scored in double-figures in all four January games while shooting 47.1% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc.
25 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 16-28
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The Nets have lost five of six. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has scored in double-figures in seven of eight games in January, including five straight. Brooklyn’s starters, which averaged 61.7 points a game before Monday, generally struggle in the first half as they produce the second fewest points with 29.8 points a game on 42.8% shooting from the field.
26 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 15-29
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The Mavericks have lost four of six. Dirk Nowitzki, who is averaging 15.0 points a game in January, surpassed Jerry West for the sixth-most free throws in NBA history against the Lakers on Saturday and now has 7,163 made for his career. Dallas’ loss to Los Angeles on Saturday was its eighth in 20 games when leading after three quarters.
27 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 13-29
The Kings have lost four in a row and nine of 11. Rookie De’Aaron Fox has begun to pick things up, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 assists while also posting two double-doubles in six January games. Sacramento has the worst defensive rating in the league at 110.2.
28 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 13-29
The Grizzlies have lost three of four. Marc Gasol has produced a double-double in three straight games and now has 18 on the season, which is the fourth-most in his career. Memphis, which shot just 39% in a loss to Denver on Saturday, has compiled a 42.4% shooting percentage in four January games.
29 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 12-31
The Hawks have lost six of nine. Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 34 points in Friday’s loss to Brooklyn to give him 10 straight double-figure scoring games. Atlanta is an NBA-worst 2-25 when trailing at the end of three quarters.
30 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 12-31
The Magic have lost seven straight and 16 of 17. Bismack Biyombo, who tallied a career-high 21 points on Friday, is averaging 10.6 points and 9.4 boards while shooting 62.5% from the field over his last five contests. Since Dec. 1, Orlando is a league-worst 3-18 and has been outscored by a league-high 9.0 points a game.

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