19. Houston Rockets

Record: 2 - 2
Last Week's Rank: 20
Last Week's Results: L @ Orlando, 95-104 (Mon); W vs. San Antonio, 105-85 (Thu); L @ Memphis, 93-113 (Fri); W vs. Atlanta 95-84 (Sat)
This Week: @ L.A. Lakers, Tuesday (1/3); @ L.A. Clippers, Wednesday (1/4); @ Oklahoma City, Friday (1/6); vs. Oklahoma City Saturday (1/7)

How's this for middle-of-the-road consistency: Four games, three of which they scored either 95 or 93 points, two of which they allowed 85 points. The Rockets are a good team in a very good conference, and unless something crazy happens (say, trading for Pau Gasol for instance), they're going to finish around .500 and out of the playoffs. —Jack Erwin