NBA Power Rankings: Week 5

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

What else can be said about the Warriors, who are clearly the class of the NBA. Meanwhile, the Pacers make a huge jump up after becominga red-hot bet in November.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 16-0
-16.5 Golden State
What else can be said? The Warriors are off to the best start in NBA history (16-0 SU), outscoring teams by 15.6 PPG, and they won't be an underdog in a game until March (at San Antonio).
2 2 same 11-3
-13.5 San Antonio
As strong a hold as the Warriors seem to have on the top spot, the Spurs seem likely to be the solid #2 for the foreseeable future. They are unbeaten this season when holding their opponent below 100 points.
3 4 up 1 11-3
-12 Cleveland
The top three should also hold "true to form" for the time being as the Cavs have covered three straight after an 0-9 ATS start to November. Their 3 SU losses have been by a total of 10 points.
4 6 up 2 9-6
-11.5 Oklahoma City
OKC makes it a "fantastic four" that should stay on top of these rankings. With Kevin Durant back, the Thunder blew out a good Jazz team on Monday - by 22 points on the road.
5 7 up 2 9-4
-9.5 Miami
The Heat join San Antonio (and obviously Golden State, who hasn't lost) as the only teams in the league not to have dropped back to back games this year.
6 16 up 10 9-5
-9.4 Indiana
This is the first of two big jumps this week in the rankings. The Pacers have been outstanding in November, going 10-1 ATS with their last three victories all coming by at least 17 points.
7 13 up 6 8-6
-8.5 Charlotte
Here's your second big jump of the week. The Hornets have taken advantage of a weak slate to average nearly 119 PPG their last three contests.
8 8 same 9-6
-8.2 Toronto
Having played only four home games thus far, the Raptors likely can't wait to return "North of the Border," where they are outscoring teams by 10.8 points per game.
9 10 up 1 10-6
-8.1 Atlanta
The Hawks had their wings clipped during a 2-5 SU/1-6 ATS stretch, but then blew out Boston (at home) on Tuesday.
10 3 down 7 7-7
-8 Boston
The Celtics still haven't won a game by fewer than 13 points, but drop this week due to back to back double digits losses (one to Brooklyn).
11 12 up 1 9-6
-6.5 Dallas
In case you hadn't noticed, the Mavs are just our 4th Western Conference team listed thus far. Might the East be (finally) getting stronger?
12 11 down 1 9-4
-6.1 Chicago
The Bulls have gone Under in five straight games and their only loss during that stretch came to the Warriors.
13 14 up 1 7-7
-6 L.A. Clippers
Finally ready to turn things around? The Clips are just 3-8 ATS this month, but just recorded their biggest win of the season to date (17 points) at Denver.
14 9 down 5 6-7
-5.5 Utah
Ironically, the Jazz's once impressive defensive numbers have taken a hit during a time they've gone Under in three straight games.
15 5 down 10 7-7
-5.3 Phoenix
A big fall this week for the Suns, who went 1-3 SU/ATS the last seven days. They are the next team on Golden State's schedule (Friday) and have gone 4-0 ATS in division games thus far (+12.0 PPG).
16 18 up 2 6-8
-5 Minnesota
The unusual dichotomy continues in the Twin Cities as the T'wolves are 7-0 ATS on the road and 0-7 ATS at home.
17 21 up 4 6-10
-4.5 Portland
The Blazers have not fared well in non-conference games, going 0-3 SU/ATS while being outscored by 11 PPG.
18 15 down 3 8-7
-4.3 New York
The Knicks are one of four teams in the league to have covered the spread in at least two-thirds of their games. The others are Golden State, Toronto and Indiana.
19 20 up 1 6-5
-3 Washington
All the team's faster pace has led to is a lot of bad defense. Six times this season the Wiz have given up at least 113 points.
20 19 down 1 6-8
-2.9 Orlando
Remember the Magic's 7-0 ATS start? That act has disappeared with the team going 1-6 ATS their last seven games.
21 17 down 4 7-7
-2.8 Detroit
Another promising team that has faded fast. The Pistons have gone just 2-5 SU/ATS their L7, only once scoring more than 100 pts.
22 26 up 4 8-7
-1 Memphis
This could start to become a 'play on' team. Take away three terrible losses (to Golden State and Cleveland) and the Grizzlies are 8-4 straight up.
23 23 same 5-10
-0.5 Sacramento
The Kings are 4-3 SU their L7 games but their only double digit win of the season came before that (against the Lakers).
24 22 down 2 6-9
0 Denver
When not scoring 100 points, the Nuggets are 0-6 straight up and 1-5 against the spread.
25 24 down 1 6-8
0.5 Milwaukee
A running theme with the league's most disappointing teams, this one included, is bad defense. In the case of the Bucks, they are next to last in terms of defensive efficiency.
26 29 up 3 3-11
2 New Orleans
And here's your last place team in terms of defensive efficiency, something that should not be the case with Anthony Davis.
27 28 up 1 3-11
2.4 Brooklyn
A 6-1 ATS run means there are other teams (besides Philadelphia) below the Nets. But how long does that last?
28 27 down 1 5-9
2.5 Houston
Yes, a team that played in the Western Conference Finals six months ago really is this bad. The team that finished with the league's best ATS record a year ago is now 0-7 ATS its L7.
29 25 down 4 2-12
6.5 L.A. Lakers
Speaking of bad, is there a worse player in the league right now than Kobe Bryant? The Mamba is shooting 19.5% from three-point range and just 31.1% overall.
30 30 same 0-15
9.5 Philadelphia
There cannot be a worse team than the winless Sixers however. Though it should be noted they did lead in the fourth quarter in each of the last two games.

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