The case for Clippers over Thunder

Is the team on a 14-game win streak better than the West's reigning champs?

Updated: December 26, 2012, 9:06 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

There's nobody in the NBA hotter than the Los Angeles Clippers, who will put their 14-game winning streak on the line Thursday against the Boston Celtics. While the Oklahoma City Thunder haven't slowed at all after trading James Harden, there are reasons to believe the Clippers -- who now sit atop the Hollinger Power Rankings -- have surpassed the defending Western Conference champions as the favorites to reach this season's NBA Finals, with apologies to the San Antonio Spurs.