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Top 5 NBA Teams With the Most Momentum Heading Into the Playoffs

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As the 2014 NBA Playoffs begin, the contrast in attitudes should be noted. Some teams are just happy to be there while other teams expected to be there and more. And that same attitude can be compared to the way these teams closed out the regular season. The hottest teams in the association have an extra boost of confidence. Let's take a look at the five NBA teams with the most momentum heading into the playoffs.

5. Los Angeles Clippers

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5. Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers have much to be excited about. They have once again solidified themselves as the premier team in Los Angeles. With the addition of legendary head coach Doc Rivers and a healthy J.J. Redick, the Clippers are on a mission to get Chris Paul his first ring.

4. Chicago Bulls

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4. Chicago Bulls

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Despite the loss of their superstar Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls have managed to stay relevant in the East. Not only are they relevant, but they have the best record in the East since the All-Star break with 21 wins and 9 losses.

3. Portland Trail Blazers

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3. Portland Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers finished their season on a five-game winning streak and lost one game in their last 10 contests. LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are looking to put "Rip City" on the map by taking out James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Many people chose the Thunder to win the NBA championship this year for good reason. The Thunder finished second to the Spurs in the Western Conference and were able to sweep the Spurs in four meetings this season. Oh, and they have a guy named Kevin Durant who is the favorite to win the MVP.

1. San Antonio Spurs

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1. San Antonio Spurs

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There is no doubt that the No. 1 team in the regular season has the most momentum going into the playoffs. Not only did the San Antonio Spurs have the best record, best road record, and have solidified home court throughout the playoffs, but they had the NBA's longest winning streak this season. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili look geared for another title run.