NBA Power Rankings: Week 8

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

For the fourth-straight week, the Golden State Warriors are at the top of the Power Rankings, but after the Grizzlies' win over the Warriors Tuesday, Memphis isn't too far behind.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 21-3
(16-8-0)
-14 Golden State
Despite losing to Memphis Tuesday, the Warriors maintain the top spot for a 4th week in a row and see their actual rating increase. The overall body of work cannot be ignored.
2 4 up 2 20-4
(13-11-0)
-13 Memphis
The Grizzlies, however, move up a spot after the big win. They've won five straight, though it should be pointed out they outscored Golden State 20-0 in a key second quarter run where Steph Curry was off the floor.
3 2 down 1 17-8
(12-13-0)
-12.9 San Antonio
The Spurs have to drop after losing three of five, two of those coming to Utah and the Lakers. But you get the feeling the champs are taking the regular season less seriously than the other Western Conference contenders.
4 3 down 1 17-7
(11-13-0)
-12.8 L.A. Clippers
Saturday's loss at Milwaukee marked the first time all season that the Clips lost B2B games and was also the first time all season they lost when playing without rest.
5 5 same 18-8
(14-12-0)
-12.7 Dallas
The Mavs were just 1-5 ATS their last six before a 20-point beatdown of the Knicks Tuesday. They continue to be the league's highest scoring team at 109.8 PPG, but have gone Under in over half of their road games.
6 6 same 19-6
(14-10-1)
-12.6 Portland
They've won 16 of 19, but lost center Robin Lopez to a broken hand in a win over short-handed San Antonio Monday. The defense is much improved this year and they are #1 in the league in rebounding.
7 7 same 14-9
(9-14-0)
-12 Cleveland
While only 2-6 SU against the West, the Cavs continue to clean up against foes in their own conference, going 12-3 SU. That speaks well to their chances for upward mobility.
8 9 up 1 18-5
(13-10-0)
-11.5 Houston
Like Portland, the key here has been improved defense. Surprisingly, they've done it without much Dwight Howard. They won 8 of 11 without the big guy before his return against Denver Saturday.
9 8 down 1 19-6
(15-10-0)
-11 Toronto
What's the best news about the Raptors' strong start, you ask? Probably the fact they've played only three division games so far. They've won all three and keep in mind the combined record of the other four teams in the Atlantic is currently 25-71 SU!
10 10 same 17-7
(14-10-0)
-10.9 Atlanta
After failing to cover both games in a home and home with Orlando and having their nine game win streak snapped, a win over the Bulls keeps the Hawks in the top ten.
11 11 same 18-6
(11-13-0)
-10.8 Washington
The Wizards continue to win the games they should (16-2 SU when favored) and you can't fault them for that. But like the Hawks, they haven't had to go out West yet.
12 12 same 15-9
(11-13-0)
-10.7 Chicago
The top three teams in the East (record-wise) are a combined 37-7 SU at home. The Bulls are just 4-5 at the United Center. But no one in the conference can touch their 11-4 road record.
13 16 up 3 12-13
(14-10-1)
-10.6 Oklahoma City
As expected, the Thunder continue to move up the rankings. I probably should have them even higher, but again, I have to take in the full body of work. Probably a good play on team right now.
14 14 same 12-12
(13-11-0)
-7.7 New Orleans
The middle class is shrinking in the NBA, but the Pelicans figure to be a part of it all season long. They are still perfect ATS playing without rest including 4-0 in the second of back to back road games.
15 13 down 2 12-14
(12-13-1)
-7.2 Phoenix
The Suns are 0-6 SU/1-5 ATS their last six games and play six of their next seven on the road.
16 15 down 1 11-14
(13-12-0)
-5 Sacramento
Playing without Boogie Cousins has killed the Kings, who made a curious coaching change despite largely exceeding expectations this season. They've lost 9 of 11.
17 18 up 1 8-14
(11-11-0)
-4.7 Boston
Despite ranking 28th in the league in points allowed per game, the C's have allowed 101 pts or less in five of their last six and the lone exception was a multi-OT affair.
18 19 up 1 10-14
(10-13-1)
-4.5 Denver
Playing short-handed, the Nuggets have dropped six of seven and will have a very difficult time making the playoffs now that OKC is healthy.
19 17 down 2 13-12
(17-8-0)
-4.5 Milwaukee
Because the Eastern Conference is so bad, the Bucks may still make the playoffs without Jabari Parker. But at a lofty 68% ATS (only GSW is better), it might be time to start betting against them.
20 21 up 1 10-13
(10-13-0)
-3.7 Brooklyn
Going back to the end of last month, five of the Nets' last six wins have come against either Philadelphia, New York, Charlotte or injury-riddled Oklahoma City.
21 22 up 1 8-17
(13-11-1)
-3.6 Indiana
The Pacers had lost eight in a row before beating the Lakers Monday. They are 3-9 SU on the road, but 9-3 ATS, which means you might start to see the spreads not as high.
22 20 down 2 12-13
(11-13-1)
-3.5 Miami
After going 69-13 SU the previous two regular seasons at home, the Heat are just 4-7 SU since LeBron took his talents out of South Beach.
23 23 same 10-17
(16-11-0)
-2.5 Orlando
No team in the league has played more road games, but the good news is that the Magic are 12-6 ATS when playing away from home.
24 24 same 5-22
(10-17-0)
-1.5 New York
Forget about learning the triangle, how about learning how to play some defense? The Knicks have allowed 30+ seven different times in the first quarter this season and not surprisingly have gone 1-6 SU in those games.
25 25 same 6-19
(12-13-0)
-1.4 Utah
The Jazz have lost 12 of their last 13, but the one win somehow came against San Antonio. They've been favored only three times this season and twice lost outright.
26 28 up 2 5-20
(8-17-0)
-1 Detroit
Sticking with that theme, the Pistons have been favored EIGHT times and have lost six of those games. They're 0-8 ATS and lost outright to the Jazz.
27 26 down 1 8-17
(11-13-1)
0 L.A. Lakers
Kobe Bryant has now scored more points than Michael Jordan and the Lakers have a winning record vs. Eastern Conference foes. Now, let's face some facts. MJ was the better player and the Lakers still play in the West. Let's move on.
28 27 down 1 6-18
(9-13-2)
0.5 Charlotte
I like home dogs, but be careful of the Hornets. They've stung backers by losing all five times in that role (straight up) and going 1-4 ATS.
29 29 same 5-19
(8-15-1)
1.5 Minnesota
Not only do the T'wolves have the worst straight up record in the Western Conference, but they are also the worst against the spread.
30 30 same 2-22
(12-12-0)
3 Philadelphia
There's a chance that for the first time all season, the Sixers will be less than a three-point underdog as they host Charlotte on Friday.

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.