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Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis led the New York Knicks to a major jump in this week's NBA Power Rankings. 

By Jeremy Woo
December 21, 2015

The NBA’s annual Christmas slate has become one of the most anticipated days of the year for hoops fans, regardless of what holiday they celebrate. And with respect to this week’s Power Rankings, seven of our top 10 teams will be in action, presenting some opportunities for shakeup at the top.

This year’s slate offers a particularly intriguing window into the state of the league, with the Warriors and Spurs both playing close to—or at, depending how you feel—peak form, the Cavaliers getting a nice jolt from a healthy Kyrie Irving, and the Thunder starting to join this top tier of squads that should contend come spring.

For a quick look at the other involved parties, the Heat, Bulls and Clippers have been hard to figure out at times. They all have flaws but should make for fun viewing on pure talent. As for the Rockets, Pelicans and Lakers, well… it’s anyone’s guess these days.

Anyway, there are five basketball games in a row, so everyone wins, except for the concerned family members left stranded at the dinner table until halftime. Here are Power Rankings to help get you through the week.

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