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Power Ranking NBA Playoff Teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences

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Power Ranking NBA Playoff Teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences
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The sun has risen on the first Monday of 2013, only to reveal a rather peculiar hierarchy in the NBA.

Two teams from California sit comfortably within the Western Conference playoff picture (and in these power rankings), but neither happens to be the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Dallas Mavericks have dropped six of seven games since Dirk Nowitzki returned and, as such, are now officially in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2000.

The Eastern Conference hasn't been quite so surprising. All the teams currently positioned outside the power rankings are those you would have expected to jockey for lottery picks. Perhaps the only shock would be the Boston Celtics, who are on the rise in nearly every sense anyway.

Let's have a look at how the most powerful power rankings shake out in the New Year.

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