NBA Power Rankings - Week 6

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The entire basketball world knew it was going to happen eventually, and the Golden State Warriors have now taken over the top spot in our weekly NBA Power Rankings. There is a very good chance they could run the table at No. 1 for the remainder of the regular season.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 12-2
(6-7-1)
-16.1 Golden State
After a several week hiatus, the Warriors are back where we thought they'd be, on top with a sizable gap between them and #2. They've won 12 straight, nine by double digits.
2 1 down 1 13-2
(9-6-0)
-12.7 L.A. Clippers
Three straight losses perhaps the Clippers early season dominance was just a mirage. Losing by 21 to Indiana? Losing to Brooklyn? Yuck.
3 3 same 10-2
(4-7-1)
-9.8 Cleveland
Off just their second loss with LeBron in the lineup, the Cavs entertain the Clippers on Thursday. These power rankings suggest that should be a Pick 'em game.
4 10 up 6 7-8
(6-9-0)
-9.7 Utah
Utah Here's our first major jump this week. The Jazz have won and covered four straight, all in dominant fashion. But I'll caution you and say that perhaps it's time to "sell high."
5 4 down 1 11-3
(7-6-1)
-9.6 San Antonio
Tuesday night was filled with upsets, but none more shocking than the Spurs losing at home to the Magic.
6 8 up 2 8-6
(8-5-1)
-8.9 Toronto
Raptors have won and covered three straight and are up to #2 in offensive efficiency.
7 6 down 1 9-6
(10-5-0)
-8 Chicago
The Bulls lone non-cover in the last three weeks came at Denver, near the end of a long-road trip.
8 5 down 3 9-5
(8-6-0)
-6 Atlanta
Nine straight Hawks games have stayed Under the total as their offensive efficiency has fallen off a cliff. They're still #1 on defense, however.
9 7 down 2 8-5
(7-5-1)
-5.7 Charlotte
Getting blown out at home by Detroit quickly erased the goodwill bought by the Hornets' own blowout over the Grizzlies.
10 9 down 1 9-5
(10-4-0)
-5.5 Houston
Even after being routed at Utah Tuesday night, the Rockets still own the league's best ATS mark at 12-6.
11 12 up 1 8-6
(8-6-0)
-5.3 Boston
The defense has gotten a lot better in Beantown as of late, though it's on the road where the Celtics have won four straight.
12 14 up 2 8-7
(6-9-0)
-3.6 Oklahoma City
Russell Westbrook doesn't need to average a triple double for the Thunder to make the playoffs, but the playoffs would be a different story.
13 18 up 5 6-9
(6-9-0)
-3.2 Detroit
Blowing out Charlotte on the road was a positive step, but the home-road dichotomy for the Pistons remains striking. They are 7-2 SU/ATS at home (+12.9 PPG) and 2-8 SU/ATS on the road (-8.5 PPG).
14 16 up 2 6-7
(5-8-0)
-3.2 Milwaukee
The Bucks looked really good against Cleveland Tuesday night and I can see that being a potential first round playoff matchup.
15 20 up 5 5-10
(8-7-0)
-2.1 New Orleans
From almost at the bottom to mediocrity - the Pelicans continue to rise in the rankings (12 spots in the L2 weeks!) now that that supporting cast around Anthony Davis has grown more competent.
16 11 down 5 4-9
(4-9-0)
-2 Minnesota
Owners of the worst ATS record in the league (5-12), the T'wolves are the most efficient offense in the league in the first half and the least efficient in the second half!
17 15 down 2 9-5
(8-6-0)
-1.9 Memphis
I feel sick for Mike Conley, who was actually justifying his large contract. His absence will hurt the Grizzlies, but be aware that the public will likely overreact early.
18 24 up 6 7-8
(5-10-0)
-1.2 Indiana
The win over the Clippers was nice, but the Pacers' next five games are all on the road where they are just 1-5 SU/ATS so far.
19 17 down 2 4-9
(6-7-0)
-0.4 Miami
Just 3-10 their last 13 games, it's usually bad offense that hurts the Heat. But they allowed 111 PPG in losses to Boston and Memphis.
20 21 up 1 4-9
(4-9-0)
-0.2 Washington
The Wizards' last four wins have all been close games over teams lower in the rankings.
21 19 down 2 6-8
(10-4-0)
0.1 Denver
Still 6-2 ATS their last eight games, it was a bad loss to Utah that dropped the Nuggets a bit this week.
22 13 down 9 8-7
(9-5-1)
0.6 L.A. Lakers
It would be premature to pronounced the honeymoon in Hollywood dead. The Lakers' dive in the rankings this week is due to back to back blowouts at the hands of Golden State.
23 22 down 1 7-7
(7-7-0)
0.7 New York
Given the Knicks' continued defensive ineptitude, particularly on the road, it's safe to say they're overachievers at 8-9 straight up.
24 26 up 2 5-9
(8-5-1)
0.8 Sacramento
Pace of play update: The Kings are now 23rd in that department (1st last year).
25 23 down 2 8-8
(5-11-0)
1 Portland
There is no worse defensive team in the league right now than the Trail Blazers, who allowed Kevin Love to score 34 points - in a quarter.
26 25 down 1 4-11
(9-6-0)
1.7 Phoenix
The Suns can claim to be league leaders in one category - pace of play (were 4th last year).
27 29 up 2 6-8
(5-9-0)
2.7 Orlando
A shocking win at San Antonio doesn't change the fact that the Magic are the worst offensive team in the league.
28 27 down 1 4-9
(7-5-1)
4.5 Brooklyn
It took double overtime to snap a seven-game losing streak as the Nets shocked the Clippers Tuesday.
29 28 down 1 2-11
(4-9-0)
4.6 Dallas
An even longer losing streak was just snapped here (eight games) as Dallas beat New Orleans Monday.
30 30 same 4-10
(8-6-0)
7.5 Philadelphia
According to the rankings, the Sixers should not be favored in a game the rest of this 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.