Phoenix Suns 2021-22 record: 17-3 Previous ranking: 2
With one more win, the Suns would tie their franchise record with 17 consecutive victories. Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 record: 11-11 Previous ranking: 16
“I mean, it ranks right at the top with any other challenge I’ve had in my career,” LeBron James said of the Lakers’ season after Sunday’s win over Detroit. Minnesota Timberwolves 2021-22 record: 10-10 Previous ranking: 23
The Timberwolves are fresh off a victory in one of the most thrilling games of the season so far, a double-overtime road win against the 76ers that marked Minnesota’s sixth win in its past seven games – including a five-game winning streak, the team’s longest since the 2016-17 season. New Orleans Pelicans 2021-22 record: 5-17 Previous ranking: 29
In Friday night’s win over the Jazz, the Pelicans’ Willy Hernangomez hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half to take a lead into the break and then Devonte’ Graham nailed a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter to lift New Orleans to a win.