8. Memphis Grizzlies

Record: 22 - 15
Last Week's Rank: 13
Last Week's Results: W vs. Dallas 96-85, (Wed); W @ Toronto 102-99, (Fri); W vs. Detroit 100-83, (Sat)
This Week: @ Golden State, Wednesday (3/7); @ Phoenix, Saturday (3/10); @ Denver, Sunday (3/11)

The Grizz have officially kicked in the damn door on the Western Conference playoff picture. The hottest team in the West has won 10 of their last 12 games and looked damn good doing it. It would probably surprise the casual NBA fan to learn that the Grizzlies have as many wins as the Mavs and Clippers and they're about to welcome back their best player. Zach Randolph could return as early as this week and with 7 of their next 9 games against teams below .500, Memphis might be the next team to be labeled “title contender.” —Sean Evans