1. Miami Heat

Record: 27 - 7
Last Week's Rank: 1
Last Week's Results: W vs. Sacramento 120-108, (Tue); W vs. New York 102-88, (Thu)
This Week: @ Portland, Thursday (3/1); @ Utah, Friday (3/2); @ LA Lakers, Sunday (3/4)

Can any team stop the red hot Miami Heat? Winners of their last nine straight games, the Big 3 look like they have finally gelled into a strong, cohesive unit. They lose occasional games here and there to prove they're human, but when it matters most, it looks like this group can easily beat any squad, on any given night. Except if it's a close game, in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, and LeBron James has the ball in his hands. Zing! —Jose Martinez