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NBA Power Rankings Roundup: A showdown coming up

The Atlanta Hawks are a consensus Top 3 team in the league in this week's Power Rankings roundup.

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Another week in NBA action and another week where the Atlanta Hawks are first in the east.  Outside of the ugly loss to the Nuggets who seem to be beating everyone, the Hawks had a relatively successful week despite the injuries and players being rested. Anyway, let's get onto the rankings.

First up, Drew Garrison of puts the Hawks at No. 2 in his latest ranking.

Like the Warriors, the Hawks are shifting gears and trying to get their roster healthy. Unlike the Warriors, the Hawks have created a massive buffer over their competition out East. They are in complete cruise control with a 10-game lead over the No. 2 seeded Cavaliers.

Next, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports also puts the Hawks at No. 2 in his ranking.

The Hawks play at Golden State on Wednesday night in a possible NBA Finals preview. The Hawks won the first meeting in Atlanta.

Matt Dollinger of drops the Hawks to No. 3 this week.

Atlanta might have the best frontcourt duo in the East, but it has little depth to speak of behind it. With Mike Scott expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks, it’s up to Pero Antic and Elton Brand to hold down the fort. keeps the Hawks at No. 2 in the latest ranking.

They could have the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed clinched in March.

Marc Stein of mentions the Hawks championship odds as he keeps Atlanta at No. 2 in his latest ranking.

The Hawks appear to be convincing Las Vegas that they're a true title contender. This season's first team to 50 wins -- which opened as a 60-to-1 shot to win it all with the Westgate SuperBook -- is 6-1 now, tied with OKC and trailing only Cleveland (2-1) and Golden State (5-2).

John Schuhmann of also keeps the Hawks at No. 2 and mentions the recent injuries.

The Hawks are 4-1 when resting starters, but the strategy didn't keep Kyle Korver from breaking his nose in Sunday's win in L.A. A day off had helped Korver had regained his touch (14-for-19 from 3-point range over three games) after he had been struggling for a bit (17-for-54 in his first seven games after the break). Now, he'll have to deal with a mask.

Matt Moore of worries that the Hawks might slide and hit a down point in his latest ranking as he puts the Hawks at No. 3.

You can tell the Hawks are bored. They barely arrived in Denver before mentally checking out. They need six wins for the top seed in the East, but they have to be careful. Lulls can turn into slides and then you wind up in trouble once the playoffs start.

Finally, Kurt Helin of puts the Hawks at No. 2 in his latest ranking.

They became the first team in the NBA to lock down a playoff spot, and with a 10-game lead on the Cavs they will be the No. 1 seed. So how much did Mike Budenholzer learn from Popovich about resting players down the stretch? He did it Sunday against the Lakers and got a win, although Kyle Korver played and broke his nose (he may miss a game or two).

That does it for the ranking and we see the Hawks are falling either in the #2 or the #3 spot.  Hopefully the Hawks can finish the west coast road trip strong and clinch home court advantage in the playoffs.  Anyway, let me know what you think in the comments.