2016 NBA Power Rankings: Who's Rising and Who's Falling Fast as Playoffs Near

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2016 NBA Power Rankings: Who's Rising and Who's Falling Fast as Playoffs Near
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The fight for playoff position is spilling into NBA power rankings, and the combatants are running short on time to claim territory.

Four teams fighting for three positions are shaking up the bottom of the West race, while no fewer than eight are scrambling for space between the third and eighth seeds in the East. It's a free-for-all out there, people.

However, if you're not among the top five (or maybe six, eh, Charlotte Hornets?) here, you can safely put your title-contending dreams to bed.

As always, we rank based on overall and recent performance using stats, some head-to-head consideration and gut instinct to organize all 30 teams into an order reflecting their current quality. Big risers this week include the Hornets (already spoiled that one) and Utah Jazz, while the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic tumbled deeper into the abyss of irrelevance.

Here's how they, and everyone else, stack up with just three weeks left in the regular season.

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