Power Rankings: Hawks or Warriors?

Updated: January 26, 2015, 2:51 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Jan. 26

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching ... but so is the other Super Bowl.

Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 6, as of Monday morning, was just 11 days away.

In ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, meanwhile, these teams remain incredibly hard for the committee (of one) to separate. We've never allowed ties in these rankings, but the Hawks and Warriors sure make you think about it with the way they keep winning.

The latest illustration of how impressive they've been: Atlanta's current 16-game winning streak, combined with Golden State's 16-gamer from Nov. 13-Dec. 15, makes this the first season in NBA history in which multiple teams have gone unbeaten for a span of at least 15 games before the All-Star break.

The Warriors, though, can't reclaim the No. 1 spot if the Hawks don't give them an opening. And Atlanta, since moving into the top spot on Jan. 5, is merely 12-0. (Told you there's no such thing as a Power Rankings jinx!)

We'll delve further into this week's order -- starting with Cleveland's return to the top 10 and the constant challenges to find anyone playing decent ball in the bottom 10 -- on Stein Line Live. You can comment below on our 1-to-30 ladder, which as always was compiled with data and research assistance from our friends at ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau.

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