NBA Power Rankings: Week 10By Bryan Power - Covers Expert
For the fifth-straight week, the Golden State Warriors are at the top of the Power Rankings, but the real story are the Toronto Raptors who jump seven spots into second.
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There's a lot of shuffling this week (see below), but the one constant is the Warriors remain on top - even with a shocking loss to the Kobe-less Lakers on Tuesday.
Look at this. I'm done underselling the Raptors, who jump seven spots this week past nearly all the Western Conference teams. They average 112 PPG on the road!
What regression? Oklahoma City isn't catching the Blazers, who are 6-1 vs. the Northwest and currently have a 9.5 game lead in the division.
The Mavs grabbed the headlines this week by acquiring Rajon Rondo. But they've failed to cover all three games with him and are 2-6 ATS their last eight.
Another big leap from an Eastern Conference team this week. They just beat Houston, Dallas and the Clippers and have won and covered five in a row overall. They're 14-1 SU L15!
Shades of early in the season, the Clips are struggling at the betting window. They have failed to cover five in a row.
Since beating Golden State and San Antonio in back to back nights, the Grizzlies have lost three in a row (also 0-3 ATS), which has something to do with the loss of Zach Randolph.
The fact that Greg Popovich isn't taking the regular season as seriously as other coaches in the West has to be taken into account. The Spurs had lost four in a row before beating the Clippers Monday.
When shooting 50 percent or better, the Cavs are 8-0. They've won 12 of 15 overall, including nine of 10 at home.
The Bulls have now won four straight, covering the last three in an impressive stretch vs. Memphis, Toronto and Washington
I admit that it seems criminal to have the Rockets this low, considering they're 20-7 despite Dwight Howard missing significant time. They also just beat Portland.
Back to back losses to Phoenix and Chicago this week doubled the number of home losses they have for the year.
It's very difficult to rank this team with Durant being in and out of the lineup. They're 0-4 ATS since Durant got hurt again, after winning seven in a row with him.
It appeared the Suns were setting with a six-game losing streak, but now they've won and covered four straight as they try and compete with the Thunder for the final playoff spot out West.
The Pelicans can't seem to sustain success (no win streak of longer than two games!), but they are still perfect ATS in the second of back to back games (7-0)
It will be interesting to see if the Celtics can maintain this ranking without Rondo. There aren't many teams in the East capable of passing them.
Boogie Cousins getting sick all but killed what faint playoff hopes the Kings had. They are now a dreadful 1-10-1 ATS their last 12 games.
No team has covered more games this season than the Bucks (20), who are at nearly 70% ATS for the year!
The Nets will likely luck into the playoffs as they're almost by default the second best team in the Atlantic moving forward.
Indiana is now an incredible 11-3-1 ATS on the road this season after a 3-0 ATS trip vs. the Clippers, Minnesota and Denver.
The Nuggets, conversely, are not a good road team (4-11 SU/ATS) and have really no shot of making the playoffs. Don't be surprised to see them trade away some talent.
Yes, the Heat are really this bad. They just blew a 20+ point lead (at home!) to Philadelphia. That being said, I assume they'll be "up" for the XMas game vs. LeBron
Considering Lance Stephenson was a "Michael Jordan signing," we should have known that it wouldn't work out! Without him, the Hornets have totally turned things around.
The Jazz have been surprisingly competitive the last week, going 5-1 ATS their last six games.
Home losses to Philadelphia and Utah are not good. But they did hold on to beat Boston Tuesday, snapping an 0-4 SU/ATS skid.
Every single metric, plus a win Tuesday night over Golden State, suggests that this team is much better WITHOUT Kobe Bryant.
Waiving Josh Smith was addition by subtraction. The Pistons' 8-20 ATS record is a league worst.
The Knicks now have more SU losses than Philadelphia. They've won exactly one time since beating the Sixers on November 22nd
Ladies and gentleman, we actually have a legitimate challenger to Philadelphia for the bottom spot in the league.
It just seems so odd to me that all four of their wins have come on the road.
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.