NBA Power Rankings: Sixers rise with James Harden; Nets tumble

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12. Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are a team that got off to an uneasy start to the season. Because of that, many were waiting for this team to hit the eject button on the season. However, over the past 5-6 weeks of the season the Celtics, they’ve really taken off.

As long as Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are healthy, the Celtics will have the potential to be extremely dangerous in the playoffs.

11. Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the hottest teams in the league and that has helped them propel up the standings in the Eastern Conference. Entering Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the Raptors had won 10 of their last 12 games.

This team is starting to come together and could potentially be one of the most dangerous teams in the postseason.