NBA Power Rankings: East continues to lead the way

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NBA Power Rankings: East continues to lead the way

30. Philadelphia 76ers

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29. Los Angeles Lakers

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28. Brooklyn Nets

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27. Minnesota Timberwvoles

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26. New Orleans Pelicans

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25. Phoenix Suns

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24. Denver Nuggets (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Portland Trail Blazers

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22. Sacramento Kings

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21. Milwaukee Bucks

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20. Utah Jazz

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19. New York Knicks

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18. Washington Wizards

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17. Houston Rockets

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16. Orlando Magic

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15. Detroit Pistons

 (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

14. Charlotte Hornets

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

13. Memphis Grizzlies

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

12. Boston Celtics

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

11. Indiana Pacers

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10. Dallas Mavericks

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9. Chicago Bulls

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8. Atlanta Hawks

(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

7. Miami Heat

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

6. Toronto Raptors

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

5. Los Angeles Clippers

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

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3. Cleveland Cavaliers

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2. San Antonio Spurs

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1. Golden State Warriors

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We're closing in on the halfway point of this NBA season, and the legitimate playoff threats are beginning to emerge.

For the first time in year, it's the Eastern Conference that's leading the way, with nine teams over .500 entering play on Friday. The West, typically dominant, sports just six teams with winning records.

Take a look at our rankings about, and be sure to tweet us at @AOLSports with your thoughts and reactions.
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