NBA Power Rankings: Week 24

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors clinched the best record in the NBA for the third straight year, have won 12 straight and Kevin Durant is expected back this weekend. Toronto drops to the five spot and remains the highest ranked team in the Eastern Conference.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 24 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 60-14
(34-38-2)
-15.2 Golden State
They won't win as many games as last year, but the Dubs have the chance at ending the regular season on a 16-game win streak (currently 12 in a row) and (to me) are an obvious call to win the NBA Finals.
2 2 same 57-16
(38-34-1)
-11.5 San Antonio
San Antonio Believe it or not, this is the first time in history that the franchise has posted consecutive 60+ win seasons.
3 3 same 51-23
(42-32-0)
-9 Houston
It's a virtual lock that the Rockets will be the #3 seed in the West and play Oklahoma City in the 1st Round.
4 5 up 1 45-29
(32-39-3)
-8 Utah
Something to make a note of come playoff time: the Jazz are a woeful 4-16 SU as an underdog
5 4 down 1 45-29
(41-32-1)
-7.9 Toronto
This, not Boston, is the biggest threat to upend Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.
6 6 same 44-31
(36-39-0)
-6.7 L.A. Clippers
Homecourt advantage will be huge in the 1st round playoff series vs. the Jazz. Why? The Clips are 24-7 SU when favored at home.
7 7 same 48-26
(37-35-2)
-6.2 Boston
The market calls it a virtual tossup between the Celtics and Cavs for the top spot in the East. I agree
8 8 same 47-26
(32-38-3)
-6.2 Cleveland
I'll reiterate that the Cavs are not repeating as NBA Champs due ranking 22nd in defensive efficiency (worst among current playoff teams).
9 9 same 46-28
(39-34-1)
-4.6 Washington
To me, the Wizards are the clear #4 team in the East. Recent road losses to the Clippers, Jazz and Warriors should make them thankful they don't play in the West.
10 11 up 1 33-41
(32-39-3)
-4.1 Charlotte
Likely to be the "best team not to make the playoffs," the Hornets are 0-9 SU in games decided by three points or less.
11 12 up 1 36-38
(44-29-1)
-3.8 Miami
The Heat really miss Dion Waiters as they've gone 3-5 SU with him out of the lineup.
12 10 down 2 38-36
(33-41-0)
-3.7 Milwaukee
In a week where there is little change in the rankings, the Bucks experience a drop. Ironically though, that coincides with their playoff status being safer than ever before.
13 13 same 40-34
(37-37-0)
-3.2 Memphis
The Spurs are the likely 1st round opponent. Note: Memphis covered all four regular season matchups.
14 14 same 42-31
(40-32-1)
-3.1 Oklahoma City
Russell Westbrook needs one more triple double to set the single season record. Even if he winds up averaging a triple double for the season, he would not be my MVP.
15 15 same 36-38
(34-40-0)
-2.8 Portland
The Blazers seem like a pretty lame choice to finish 8th in the West. In the grand scheme of things, making the playoffs will not help the franchise in any real tangible way.
16 16 same 29-44
(34-39-0)
-2.3 Minnesota
Next year, the T'wolves are making the playoffs. Provided Tom Thibodeau corrects the defense. This will easily end up as Thib's worst defensive unit in his coaching career.
17 17 same 37-37
(33-40-1)
-2.2 Indiana
As a home favorite, the Pacers are 21-5 SU. It will be interesting to see how many times that situation presents itself in the playoffs.
18 18 same 35-39
(40-34-0)
-2 Denver
Ranking dead last in the league in defensive efficiency is what will ultimately cost this team a playoff spot.
19 20 up 1 35-39
(37-37-0)
-1.8 Chicago
They're better without Dwyane Wade and have a very easy final four games (Philly, Brooklyn twice and Orlando). So it looks like the Bulls will make the playoffs.
20 21 up 1 31-43
(37-36-1)
-1.8 New Orleans
Like Minnesota, New Orleans will be a popular choice to jump into the playoffs next year. But the numbers show Boogie Cousins has played worse here than he did with Sacramento.
21 19 down 2 38-36
(33-41-0)
-1.7 Atlanta
As I've been saying most of the year, this is likely to be the worst team in the playoff field. Their only two wins in the last 11 games came against Philly and Phoenix.
22 22 same 31-42
(40-33-0)
-0.9 Dallas
Scoring is way up this year, but the Mavs have topped 100 pts just four times in the past 13 games.
23 23 same 34-41
(35-40-0)
-0.9 Detroit
It was a disastrous end to March (2-9 SU/3-8 ATS L11), making the substantial rest they've received to start April irrelevant.
24 24 same 28-46
(39-35-0)
0.8 New York
The Knicks have won three times (all as underdogs) in the last five games.
25 25 same 29-45
(37-34-3)
1.7 Sacramento
The Kings have opened April with back to back wins and are simply playing spoiler at this point.
26 26 same 28-46
(47-27-0)
2.6 Philadelphia
The league's best ATS team has hit a bit of a wall recently. That loss to Brooklyn Tuesday was pretty humiliating.
27 27 same 22-53
(36-38-1)
2.6 Phoenix
Quietly, the Suns have lost 12 games in a row. It's probably a smart move not to be them the rest of the way.
28 28 same 16-58
(35-36-3)
2.8 Brooklyn
The Nets now have two wins this year when they scored 140 or more points.
29 29 same 27-47
(29-44-1)
3.6 Orlando
I just visited Orlando. There's an exhibit in the Amway Center on Magic history. It ends at 2009.
30 30 same 21-53
(31-41-2)
4.7 L.A. Lakers
Speaking of 2009, the Magic lost to whom in the NBA Finals that year? The Lakers. Clearly, a lot has changed since then.
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Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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