NBA Power Rankings: Injuries Shake Things Up

30. Houston Rockets (15-42)

Last Week: Lost to Indiana, Lost to Denver, Beat Orlando
Upcoming Games: @ Heat, vs. Jazz, vs. Clippers

The tank is almost successfully complete for the Rockets. Against all odds, a team that started the season with perennial MVP candidate James Harden is currently holding a 15-42 record and is just a half-game out of the No. 1 spot in the NBA Draft Lottery.

A recent Minnesota surge has opened up the door for the Rockets to potentially secure the top spot. The race to the bottom of the standings is nearly as intriguing as the playoff races in each conference. Houston should have no problem stockpiling a few more losses with its next four games against Miami, Utah, the Clippers, and Denver.

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29. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-43)

Last Week: Lost to Milwaukee, Beat Miami, Lost to LA Clippers
Upcoming Games: @ Kings (twice), @ Jazz

Signs of life in Minnesota as they have played better under new head coach Chris Finch. Karl Anthony-Towns has played exceptionally over the last couple of months, and is averaging a career-high 4.6 APG on the year.

D’Angelo Russell is beginning to find his footing in limited minutes (18.4 PPG in 24.0 MPG in the month of April). Adding another top lottery pick to this roster could finally be enough to push the Timberwolves back into playoff contention.

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