New York (AP) The New York Knicks, the league’s top seed, have a chance to claim their first playoff berth since 2012, when they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat.
The Los Angeles Lakers, a team that has gone 0-12 since being swept by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Finals, could also make the postseason.
The Miami Heat are the most recent team to make the playoffs.
Here’s how we ranked the teams.
Who should win the 2016 NBA Playoffs?: The New Orleans Pelicans will face the Philadelphia 76ers, who defeated the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Hurricanes on Monday night to secure a berth in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
The Pelicans are the only team that could advance to the postseason after winning two games in a row.
What should the Los Angeles Clippers do?: The Los Angels should be in position to qualify for the NBA Finals this season, but a new coach in Blake Griffin will have to contend with some injury issues this season.
Griffin has been sidelined for the past six games with a sore back.
What could be next for the Los Angles?: The Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Kings could be back in the mix in the Western Conference playoff race.
Both teams have a record of 4-13 since joining the NBA in the summer of 2016.
They’re the only two teams in the West with less than two wins since that summer, and Washington is 3-7.
The Kings are 5-2 in their last six games and have the best record in the conference.
Who has the best chance of making the postseason?: The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Nets could be in the running to earn a playoff spot after they both went winless in their first four games of the season.
Both are in the playoff mix.
What will happen next week?
The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night in a game that could determine the NBA’s final wild-card spot.
The Cavaliers are 3-1 in their past four games.
The Bucks, who beat the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, have lost their past two games by an average of 12.5 points.
Who’s the best team?
The Denver Nuggets, who are 8-1, are on a four-game winning streak.
They are 3½ games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Central Division.
Who could get hurt?
The Los Angls are one of the most physically gifted teams in basketball, but injuries could derail the team.
The Lakers, who have the second-most players with at least 10,000 points, are 6-14, including two in the past five weeks.
The New England Patriots have the third-most injuries in the league, averaging 19.5 per game.
Who won’t be on the court Sunday?
The Dallas Mavericks will miss guard Chris Kaman, who is recovering from an Achilles injury.
Kaman will be a game-time decision, coach Rick Carlisle said.
Who will win the Atlantic Division?
The New Jersey Nets are 2-0 in their previous six games, and they have won three straight.
The Boston Celtics are 3.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the race for the second wild card spot.
Boston is 3.2 games ahead of the Washington Wizards in the East.
The Philadelphia 76s are 2.5 back of Atlanta.
Who is the biggest threat?
The Washington Bullets have won seven of their past eight games, including four straight.
Washington has won three of its past four and is 6-1 this season against teams that have been in the playoffs for more than two years.
The Atlanta Hawks are 3 1/2 games back, but the Atlanta Pistons and Atlanta Hawks have both been in playoff games in the last two seasons.
Who lost its last game?: The Boston Raptors have lost four of its last five games and has been outscored by an NBA-high 38 points per game during that stretch.
The Indiana Pacers are 3 ½ games behind Atlanta in the Eastern Conference playoff chase, which includes the Hawks and Hawks in the same division.
Who would win the Eastern conference playoff series?: The Detroit Pistons will face Charlotte, who was swept by Atlanta on Sunday.
Detroit is 4-1 against teams in a conference with a winning record since being named a wild-cards team in 2016.
The Pacers have won four of their last five against teams with a losing record, and are 4-0 against teams from outside the top six of the league in winning percentage.
Who are the best teams in this week’s NBA power rankings?: The Atlanta Thunder, who were picked to finish second in the NBA standings, are now 4½ games ahead in the second half of the week.
They’ve been winning games, especially in the fourth quarter, and have been winning against teams who are not as deep on the depth chart as the Thunder.
The Washington Capitals are now 5-0.
Who can claim the best seed