- Celtics (18-4)
Despite their long winning streak coming to an end over the past week against the Heat, the Celtics have continued to look really good on both ends of the floor and they are not showing any signs of slowing down, posting an 8-2 record over the past 10 games.
2. Rockets (16-4)
Houston is really the only team in the league that can go up and down with the Warriors offensively and a five-game winning streak combined with All-Star point guard Chris Paul being back in the lineup has things going really well right now in Houston.
3. Warriors (15-6)
The defending champs got beat up pretty good last Wednesday on the road at the hands of the Thunder, which had to feel really good for Russell Westbrook and those fans, but those losses happen to the Warriors just like they happen to everyone. The Warriors are kind of going through the motions at times which is something I expect to continue during the regular season and they are still a top-five team despite that.
4. Cavaliers (14-7)
All of the panic about the Cavaliers has gone by the wayside after a nine-game winning streak. Just like always a LeBron James team has figured it out and has put people at ease.
5. Pistons (13-6)
Let’s give Detroit some credit. I know it is still very early in the season, but they have played 19 games and are in second place in the East. They only have a +2.3 point differential per game, which is not great and tells you they are not likely going to win 50+ games, but with Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson the Pistons have some nice pieces to work with and they deserve some credit.