With roughly a quarter of the 2012-13 NBA season already in the books, we're beginning to see some of the league's better squads distancing themselves from the pack.
That doesn't mean that a fall from grace isn't in the cards for some of these teams, however. There are many franchises who raced out of the blocks this season at an incredible pace—a pace that they simply can't maintain for another 60-65 games.
A weak early-season schedule—or a slate loaded with home games—has buoyed a number of teams so far. Once the seas get rougher and the intensity kicks up a notch over the next several weeks, quite a few clubs will see their now-stellar records take a serious hit.