NBA Power Rankings: Week 14

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

The Atlanta Hawks' 13-game winning streak has them climbing up the rankings higher than they've been in recent memory. On the flip side, the bottom five teams are cemented far below the rest of the NBA.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 33-6
(26-12-1)
-16.5 Golden State
The Warriors' rating continues to increase to the point that I'm now saying they deserve to be favored on the road against any team in the league. Including a 25-point win at Houston, their last 10 victories have all been by double digits.
2 5 up 3 34-8
(31-11-0)
-11.5 Atlanta
Incredible. The Hawks climb up to their highest spot in decades thanks to a 13-game win streak. They are also 27-2 SU the last 29 games.
3 3 same 28-14
(17-25-0)
-11 L.A. Clippers
Unlike the top two teams (both of whom are covering 70% of the time), the Clippers have been a losing proposition at the betting window. But they also didn't have the "benefit" of being undervalued coming into the season.
4 2 down 2 31-11
(22-19-1)
-10.9 Portland
With four straight ATS losses, the Blazers drop two spots in the week's rankings. Three of those were SU losses as well with the one win coming at Sacramento Monday in a come from behind effort.
5 4 down 1 29-13
(21-20-1)
-10.7 Dallas
A big road win (at Memphis) keeps the Mavs in the top five, but they are the only team in the Southwest Division to have a losing ATS record.
6 6 same 27-14
(21-20-0)
-10 Toronto
This looks like a team that peaked way too early. The good news for the Raptors though is that they play in a terrible division and Atlanta is probably going to hit its own peak shortly as well.
7 9 up 2 27-16
(21-21-1)
-9.1 San Antonio
Winning and covering four straight moves the defending champs up a couple spots this week. It's a run that began with the return of Kawhi Leonard.
8 7 down 1 29-13
(24-18-0)
-8.9 Houston
Getting clobbered at home by Golden State was not a good look. They will get a chance at revenge Wednesday night.
9 8 down 1 29-12
(21-20-0)
-8.5 Memphis
The Grizz had won and covered four in a row before losing at home to Dallas Monday afternoon.
10 11 up 1 25-18
(24-17-2)
-7.5 Phoenix
Beating the T'wolves and Lakers at home means little, but if the Suns can finish with at least a .500 record against the upcoming schedule, that would be impressive. Their next seven games: Portland, Houston, Clippers, Wizards, Bulls, Warriors, Grizzlies. Six of those are at home.
11 12 up 1 29-13
(20-21-1)
-7.5 Washington
Monday's blowout of Philadelphia saw the Wiz establish season-bests for margin of victory and fewest points allowed. Surprisingly, this team is allowing the third fewest points per game in the league right now.
12 10 down 2 27-16
(18-25-0)
-7.3 Chicago
This team has lost six of eight, but despite what Derrick Rose may say, I don't think there's that much to complain about.
13 14 up 1 21-20
(19-20-2)
-6.5 Oklahoma City
Going back to November 26th, the Thunder are 18-8 straight up, which is a top five record in the league. Still though, they have plenty of work to do if they want to move up in these rankings.
14 13 down 1 21-20
(27-14-0)
-6 Milwaukee
If you like to bet totals, be aware that the Bucks have now gone Under in 12 consecutive games and most of the results have finished WELL below the number.
15 16 up 1 22-20
(16-26-0)
-5.2 Cleveland
LeBron is back and now so are the Cavs, but like OKC, this is still an underperforming team. At least they've moved out of the basement in the ATS standings.
16 15 down 1 20-21
(23-18-0)
-5 New Orleans
Trailing Phoenix by several games already and with the knowledge that OKC will have its run, the Pelicans are pretty much now a lock NOT to make the playoffs.
17 21 up 4 16-26
(18-24-0)
-3.1 Detroit
While New Orleans toils around .500 and has no chance at making the playoffs in the West, a Pistons team that is still 10 games below .500 has a solid shot at the postseason in the weaker East.
18 23 up 5 17-25
(20-20-2)
-3 Charlotte
Like Detroit, Charlotte is trying to overcome a terrible start to the season. So far, the Hornets are 7-2 SU/ATS in 2015.
19 20 up 1 15-28
(21-19-3)
-3 Indiana
The bottom is starting to drop out here as the Pacers have failed to cover in any of their last seven games, losing the last five straight up as well.
20 19 down 1 16-25
(18-21-2)
-3 Sacramento
After that awful December, things haven't gotten much better for the Kings in January as they've now lost four in a row and six of nine.
21 17 down 4 13-26
(19-20-0)
-2.9 Boston
Here's another team having a bad 2015 so far. The Celtics are just 2-8 straight up in the new year, but a more respectable 5-5 ATS.
22 22 same 17-24
(18-23-0)
-2.8 Brooklyn
Let's stick with the same theme. Like Boston, the Nets are 2-8 straight up in 2015. But also an even worse 2-8 ATS.
23 18 down 5 18-24
(16-23-3)
-2.3 Denver
Four straight losses for the Nuggets and you can take your pick which was the most embarrassing: either a 43-point setback to the Warriors or losing at home to Minnesota.
24 24 same 14-27
(21-20-0)
-1 Utah
Only twice all season have the Jazz won back to back games.
25 25 same 18-23
(18-21-2)
-0.5 Miami
As you should be able to tell from this ranking, I do not consider the Heat a lock to make the playoffs, even in the weak Eastern Conference.
26 26 same 15-29
(24-20-0)
1.5 Orlando
The gap between the Magic and Miami is the largest in these rankings besides Golden State and everyone else. The current bottom five looks to be a permanent bottom five.
27 27 same 12-30
(18-21-3)
2 L.A. Lakers
Against the rest of the Pacific Division, the Lakers are 2-9 straight up and being outscored by nearly 11 points per game.
28 28 same 6-36
(14-27-1)
4.5 New York
The Knicks finally won a game Monday, but remain the worst bet in the league at 14-27-1 against the spread.
29 29 same 7-33
(16-23-1)
5 Minnesota
There's been only one time in the last 19 games that a T'wolves opponent didn't score at least 100 points.
30 30 same 8-33
(19-22-0)
8 Philadelphia
According to these rankings, the Sixers would be a 27.5-point dog if they played tomorrow at Golden State. It's a good thing that they already got that game (a 40-point loss!) out of the way.

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.