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Chicago paces playoff rankings

Athlon Sports Power Rankings — Round 1 Edition

Athlon Sports NBA Power Rankings — Playoff Edition

1. Chicago — The league's best team rides into the playoffs as winners of 13 of 14 and a league-best winning percentage of .703 against teams with a .500 record or better (26-11).

2. Miami — The Heat picked a good time to start, um, heating up. Miami is 41-4 when it scores 100 or more points, while its first-round opponent, Philadelphia, is 6-25 when it gives up 100 or more points.

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<p> The NBA playoffs are here. The first round begins Saturday, April 15. Sixteen teams made the pro dance, and Athlon Sports ranks those 16 teams as they enter the postseason.</p>

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