I'd be more forlorn about the impending end of the 2012-13 NBA regular season if not for the fact that April is usually the worst time to watch pro basketball. Teams on both ends of the spectrum are typically busy resting their biggest stars—the bad teams as they try to tank, and the good teams as they rest up for deep postseason pushes.
Not that there aren't plenty of interesting races going on. Every seed in the Western Conference is still up for grabs in some sense, with the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder duking it out at the top and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Utah Jazz, and the Dallas Mavericks embroiled in a free-for-all at the bottom. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers are neck-and-neck in the race for No. 2, while just a handful of games separate Nos. 4 through 7.
And, if you're into bad basketball, you can always tune in to see the Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic duke it out.
All of which will make "power ranking" the league's 30 teams a tad more difficult going forward, though we'll do our best to keep you abreast of how they stack up against one another anyway.
Even though nobody knows who's playing for whom from night to night.
Note: Analysis reflects standings through April 4 games.