12. Atlanta Hawks

Record: 26 - 19
Last Week's Rank: 12
Last Week's Results: L @ Denver 117-118, (Tue); L @ LA Clippers 82-96, (Wed); W vs. Washington 102-88, (Fri); W @ Cleveland 103-97, (Sun)
This Week: vs. Boston, Monday (3/19); vs. Cleveland, Wednesday (3/21); vs. New Jersey, Friday (3/23); @ Cleveland, Sunday (3/25)

The Hawks are winning the games they are supposed to win. That's the good news. The bad news? They're still losing against the tougher opponents. Last week was a prime example. Even though they got the Ws over Washington and Cleveland, Atlanta lost a close one in Denver and followed that up by falling short against a struggling Clippers team. Overall, the Eastern Conference is so lousy that the Hawks will end up in the playoffs barring a complete collapse, but that's when they will face stiffer competition—and we know how that goes. —Jose Martinez