5. Portland Trail Blazers

Record: 6 - 2
Last Week's Rank: 8
Last Week's Results: L @ L.A. Clippers, 93-88 (Sun); W @ Oklahoma City, 103-93 (Tue); W vs. L.A. Lakers, 107-96 (Thu); L @ Phoenix, 102-77 (Fri); W vs. Cleveland, 98-78 (Sun)
This Week: vs. L.A. Clippers, Tuesday (1/10); vs. Orlando, Wednesday (1/11); @ San Antonio, Friday (1/13); @ Houston, Saturday (1/14)

The good news is that the Blazers are 6-2, having beaten both the Thunder and the Lakers. The bad news is that their one loss this week was a blowout at the hands of the lowly Phoenix Suns, who inexplicably recaptured some of that old D'Antoni magic. Even with that loss, however, they're holding opponents to 95 points per game, and thriving with LaMarcus Aldridge as their leading scorer. Who knew? —Russ Bengtson