The Best NBA Teams in the Playoffs Right Now, Vol. 4

With powerhouse franchises in the second round of the playoffs like the Lakers, Celtics & Heat, we ranked the five best teams in the NBA Playoffs right now.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics

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Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics

It’s cliché, but the NBA Playoffs have been everything we expected and more. Thankfully, the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns decided to make their things competitive by coming back from 0-2 deficits to tie their respective series up. The lower seeds—the eight-seeded Miami Heat and seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers are surprisingly—well, not really surprising—leading their matchups. 

Things are tightening up with about a week left in the conference semifinals. That is what makes choosing these power rankings as difficult as Draymond Green not arguing with a referee and getting hit with a technical foul.

Right, that difficult.

That said, the team Green reps, the Golden State Warriors, had to take an L this week after dropping two games to the Los Angeles Lakers. And though the Sixers won a thriller in Philly against the Boston Celtics to knot up that series, one team’s performance was more impressive, hence their first-ever entry in Complex’s rankings.   

5. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James during a stoppage of play

4. Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler and Gabe Vincent of the Miami Heat

3. Phoenix Suns

Kevin Durant and Devin Booker

2. Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic from the Denver Nuggets running back down court

1. Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown.

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