NBA Power Rankings: Week 5

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

The Warriors hold on to the No. 1 spot in our latest Power Rankings for the second straight week, but the Spurs and Raptors are hot on their heels after big jumps up. Meanwhile, the Cavs tumble as their struggles continue.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 8-2
-13 Golden State
By almost every metric, the Warriors are a dominant team. They're outscoring teams by 10.6 PPG and have covered four of their last five. They haven't lost when allowing less than 100 points.
2 3 up 1 10-1
-12.9 Memphis
The Grizzlies remain unbeaten at home and in the conference. They've covered four in a row, starting with a destruction of Houston, and are five points away from still being unbeaten overall.
3 7 up 4 6-4
-12.8 San Antonio
As expected, the Spurs bounce back up towards the top of the rankings as they're now 7-1 SU/ATS after a slow start.
4 10 up 6 8-2
-12 Toronto
Here's the major surprise of the league so far. The Raptors have the best point differential in the league (+12.2 PPG), but even though they blew out Cleveland and beat Memphis, beware of what has been a home-heavy schedule to this point.
5 5 same 8-3
-11.8 Portland
The Blazers are the hottest team in the league right now, riding an 8-game SU win streak & they're also 10-4 against the spread. As a result, the spreads are climbing.
6 4 down 2 9-2
-11.6 Houston
The Rockets continue to be profitable for Under bettors (12-2!), but not so much for those taking them against the spread. They've failed to cover six of their last eight.
7 6 down 1 8-3
-11.4 Dallas
Back-to-back losses to Indiana and Houston drop the Mavs slightly this week, although they continue to lead the league averaging 109.3 points per game.
8 8 same 8-3
-11 Chicago
Predictably, the Bulls could not sustain their initial level of excellence on the road. After opening 6-0 away from home, they lost three of four to Western Conference teams while going 0-4 ATS.
9 9 same 5-4
-10.5 L.A. Clippers
After starting the year 0-7 ATS, the Clips have covered five of seven. They end the month with three more road games before a favorable looking homestand to start December.
10 2 down 8 5-4
-10 Cleveland
I had no choice but to drop the Cavs big-time this week as it's been a struggle integrating all the new pieces. They've already lost outright twice as double digit favorites.
11 11 same 7-2
-9 Washington
The Wiz are 4-0 SU and ATS as road favorites this far and have also cleaned up against the Central Division, winning all six games.
12 13 up 1 6-5
-8.5 Phoenix
Just went 4-1 SU/ATS on five-game East Coast swing with the only loss coming to Toronto, who not coincidentally was the only quality opponent of the bunch.
13 17 up 4 6-5
-8 Sacramento
Owners of the best ATS record in the league (10-3-1) currently, this could be the team to take advantage of Oklahoma City's misfortune and "steal" a playoff spot.
14 14 same 6-4
-7.5 New Orleans
Who needs rest? The Pelicans are a perfect 3-0 SU/ATS in the second night of back-to-backs.
15 12 down 3 6-5
-7 Miami
Where LeBron's departure really stings is when Dwyane Wade sits. This is not a deep team at all.
16 16 same 5-5
-6.5 Atlanta
The Hawks are a fairly predictable 6-1 straight up (4-3 ATS) when favored and 1-4 as dogs (2-3 ATS). So there's no reason to expect they won't be in the middle of these rankings for the um-teenth straight year.
17 27 up 10 3-7
-5.5 Denver
Starting with the upset of the Cavs in Cleveland, the Nuggets are a perfect 5-0 SU/ATS since the start of last week. I'm still not a huge buyer though.
18 15 down 3 4-6
-5.3 Brooklyn
This was a team that I said would finish Under its projected win total and so far they've proven me right. Have lost six of seven with the only win coming by two over Oklahoma City.
19 18 down 1 4-7
-5 Charlotte
A major disappointment, the Hornets are just 4-10 and have lost six in a row (0-5-1 ATS). But they do have six losses by five points or less.
20 19 down 1 6-5
-2 Milwaukee
The Bucks continue to defy expectations with a 10-5 ATS start and most surprising of all is they have won and covered all four times they've been favored.
21 21 same 4-7
-1.9 Indiana
The Pacers have played a lot better lately in winning five of their last seven, including one as 14-point dogs in Dallas on Tuesday.
22 23 up 1 3-6
-1.8 Boston
Monday's home loss to Portland was the first Celtics game all year where neither they nor the opponent scored 100 points.
23 20 down 3 5-7
-1.7 Orlando
After that seven-game ATS win streak, you would have expected the Magic to start "giving some back" and they have by losing three of the last four.
24 22 down 2 5-7
-1.6 Utah
It's pretty amazing the Jazz can be ranked this high, but again it illustrates how bad the bottom of this league always tends to be. Utah is 0-4 SU/ATS in the second night of back-to-backs.
25 24 down 1 3-9
-1.5 Oklahoma City
Paging Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook: Please come back ASAP! Many of the losses have been close, but the bottom line is they're piling up and it's going to take a lot to get back to .500
26 28 up 2 2-7
-1.4 Minnesota
The T-Wolves have one win in their last eight games. It came at the expense of the Knicks, 115-99 as one-point favorites.
27 26 down 1 3-9
-1.3 New York
It's not a good sign for the Knicks that they're 1-9 SU as an underdog thus far (0-3 SU/ATS at home). They don't figure to be favored in many games the rest of the way.
28 25 down 3 3-8
-1.2 Detroit
For a second straight year, the Pistons look to be the biggest disappointment in the league. Unfortunately, Stan Van Gundy can't shoot the basketball for them.
29 29 same 2-9
-1.1 L.A. Lakers
The problem isn't necessarily that Kobe Bryant has an inflated opinion of himself. It's that he's aware of just how bad the rest of the team is.
30 30 same 0-10
3.5 Philadelphia
At some point, the Sixers are going to win a game. But on their way there, they've set a new low in the rankings. Given that they were a double digit to the Knicks, there's zero chance of them moving out of this spot all year. Only two losses have been by single digits.

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.