10. Denver Nuggets (16-10)
If Carmelo Anthony is traded, this team will have no business being on this list for the rest of the season.
Upcoming Games: Wed @ SA, Sat @ OKC
9. Orlando Magic (16-11)
With the return of Hedo Turkoglu and the additions of Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson, look for this team to creep up in the East.
Upcoming Games: Tue v. Dal, Thu v. SA
8. Chicago Bulls (16-9)
It is unfortunate the Bulls will be losing Joakim Noah for approximately 8-10 weeks due to injury just after Carlos Boozer returned from his.
Upcoming Games: Tue v. Philly, Weds @ Was
7. Oklahoma City Thunder (19-9)
This young team is quietly winning games, but they still have a long way to go.
Upcoming Games: Tue @ Cha, Weds @ NY
6. Utah Jazz (20-9)
Deron Williams continues to make his case for MVP.
Upcoming Games: Wed @ Min, Mon v. Portland
5. Miami Heat (21-9)
Their 12-game win-streak finally came to a halt, courtesy of the Mavericks.
Upcoming Games: Thu @ Pho, Sat @ LA
4. Los Angeles Lakers (21-7)
With Andrew Bynum finally returning from injury, look for the Lakers’ defense and rebounding to improve quickly.
Upcoming Games: Tue v. Mil, Sat v. Mia
3. San Antonio Spurs (24-3)
Spectacular plays from Manu Ginobili have been the story for the Spurs this season. Ginobili has been playing at a MVP level this season as the Spurs hang onto the best record in the NBA.
Upcoming Games: Wed v. Den, Thu @ Orl
2. Dallas Mavericks (22-5)
The Mavs have won 15 of their last 16 as they trail the Spurs by two games. Dirk Nowitzki has been shooting lights out with a career-best 56% (.558) so far this season.
Upcoming Games: Tue @ Orl, Mon @ OKC
1. Boston Celtics (22-4)
Even with Rondo hampered by ankle injury, the Celtics continue to win games. They currently hold the longest, active win-streak in the league with 13 in a row.
Upcoming Games: Wed. v Philly, Sat @ Orl