While there are few noteworthy divisional races in the NBA roughly a month away from the All-Star Game, it's still pretty tough to pick just one NBA champion as five teams have emerged as elite contenders.
The Spurs (.853 winning percentage), Celtics (.788), Heat (.757) and Mavericks (.765) own the top four winning percentages, and all four teams own fewer than 10 losses each.
The Lakers (24-11, .686), who lead the Pacific Division by 8 1/2 games, have a worse record than the Bulls — who, at 23-10, have played two fewer games than LA — and share the same record with the Jazz. But with Kobe Bryant controlling the ball in Tinseltown, the two-time defending champion Lakers are always a threat, no matter what their record indicates.
Miami is the hottest team of the bunch, as the Heatles have won seven straight and are 9-1 in their last 10 games after a win over the Bucks on Tuesday.