NBA Power Rankings: Week 15

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

The Warriors are still head and shoulders above the rest of the league, but a 16-game winning streak heading into Wednesday has the Atlanta Hawks inching closer to the Steph Curry and Co.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 36-7
(28-14-1)
-16.5 Golden State
Even a rare loss doesn't really hurt the Warriors, who remain heads and shoulders above the rest of the league thanks to that amazing point differential and a 68.3% ATS win rate.
2 2 same 37-8
(33-12-0)
-12.3 Atlanta
A 16-game win streak has the Hawks inching closer to the top, but the difference between the 1 and 2 spots remains the largest in the entire rankings. Note: Atlanta is now the league's best ATS team at 72.7 percent.
3 3 same 31-14
(19-26-0)
-12.2 L.A. Clippers
Quietly, the Clips have the third best record in the league over the last month, thus they are also third in these rankings. They have played only 18 road games, however, which is the fewest in the league.
4 4 same 32-13
(24-20-1)
-10.8 Portland
What a relief that LaMarcus Aldridge opted out of having surgery. In the loaded Western Conference, who knows how far the Blazers could have fallen.
5 5 same 30-16
(22-23-1)
-10.5 Dallas
The Mavs enter Wednesday's game at Houston on their longest losing skid of the season - three games.
6 6 same 30-15
(22-22-1)
-10.2 Toronto
The only team in the Atlantic with a winning record and unbeaten in division games, the Raptors are a lock for homecourt advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs.
7 9 up 2 33-12
(22-21-2)
-9.6 Memphis
Here's our first move of the week as the Grizzlies are up two spots thanks to four straight wins, including one at Dallas.
8 8 same 31-14
(26-19-0)
-9 Houston
Off a loss, the Rockets are a rock solid 11-3 SU/ATS.
9 7 down 2 29-17
(21-23-2)
-9 San Antonio
A losing record inside the division (4-6 SU/3-7 ATS) has the defending champs in fourth place and in seventh in the Western Conference.
10 12 up 2 30-17
(21-26-0)
-7.6 Chicago
As I said last week, nothing to worry about here. After a 2-6 SU stretch got Derrick Rose upset, the Bulls have beaten the Spurs, Mavs and Warriors all in the last week.
11 11 same 31-15
(20-25-1)
-7.3 Washington
The Wizards wrap up a four-game West Coast swing Wednesday and have yet to cover a single time. They trailed the Lakers by double digits Tuesday.
12 10 down 2 26-20
(24-20-2)
-7.1 Phoenix
No one is talking about the potential for the Suns to move up the Western Conference standings, but rather the focus is all on whether or not they can hold off Oklahoma City. The Thunder are doing a good job of helping them.
13 15 up 2 26-20
(19-27-0)
-6.8 Cleveland
The team that began the year ranked No. 1 is starting to climb back up, slowly mind you, but it's hard to ignore seven straight wins, all by at least five points.
14 14 same 23-22
(30-15-0)
-6.3 Milwaukee
The Bucks' strong ATS record remains intact following a 3-0 ATS record from Saturday through Tuesday. They are a perfect 4-0 ATS as a road favorite this year, which is surprising.
15 16 up 1 24-21
(27-18-0)
-6.2 New Orleans
The Pelicans are on a season-best four-game win streak (also 4-0 ATS). As mentioned here before many times, they had previously not won more than two in a row all season.
16 13 down 3 23-22
(20-23-2)
-6.2 Oklahoma City
I'm just not moving this team up any higher until I see some consistency. They've gone 4-9 ATS in January and lost by double digits five different times.
17 21 up 4 16-27
(23-20-0)
-3.2 Boston
Again, this looks to be the spot where we have a dramatic drop-off between teams. That said, I continue to feel Boston is a bit underrated as they've covered five in a row out West.
18 17 down 1 17-29
(21-25-0)
-2.8 Detroit
Losing Brandon Jennings is a crippling blow for a team that appeared to be on the comeback trail. I again point towards an awful 3-10 ATS record as a home favorite.
19 19 same 16-31
(23-21-3)
-2.5 Indiana
I've got to say that it's a bit of a surprise to see the Pacers this high up considering they've lost eight of nine and are just 2-9 ATS L11 games.
20 18 down 2 19-26
(20-23-2)
-2.3 Charlotte
Like Detroit, the Hornets have been stung by a major injury, that being to the knee of leading scorer Kemba Walker which could end his season just as the team had gone 9-2 SU its L11.
21 20 down 1 16-27
(18-23-2)
-2.3 Sacramento
The Kings haven't played since Friday, which is just fine by them considering they've lost six in a row.
22 23 up 1 18-27
(18-24-3)
-2.2 Denver
With seven straight losses, the Nuggets are in even worse shape than the Kings, though they have been able to cover the spread in each of the last two games.
23 24 up 1 16-29
(23-22-0)
-2.1 Utah
After posting back-to-back wins, including one over Brooklyn by 35 points, the Jazz returned home and were promptly blown out by Boston.
24 25 up 1 20-25
(20-23-2)
-1.6 Miami
I keep saying that people don't realize just how bad this team really is. Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee dropped them to 0-10 ATS off a SU dog win this year.
25 22 down 3 18-26
(19-25-0)
-1.2 Brooklyn
After a strong finish to December, the Nets have won only three times in January and just twice since the 2nd of the year.
26 26 same 15-33
(25-23-0)
1.1 Orlando
This is where you'll find another noticeable drop in rating between two teams as I anticipate the bottom five will remain the same for the rest of the season.
27 27 same 12-34
(19-23-4)
2 L.A. Lakers
Kobe is done for the year and so too are the Lakers. But on the bright side, at least he (meaning Kobe) won't be shooting the team out of a top five protected pick!
28 28 same 8-37
(17-27-1)
3 New York
On a 4-0 ATS win streak, the Knicks are playing better. But consider they still have the same record as Philadelphia entering Wednesday night.
29 29 same 7-37
(18-25-1)
5 Minnesota
Not only have the T'wolves lost 21 of 23 overall, but they have also dropped 10 in a row at home.
30 30 same 8-37
(20-24-1)
8 Philadelphia
With some recent "efforts" even more putrid than usual, the Sixers have seen their scoring average dip below 90 points per game for the season.

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.