NBA Power Rankings: Week 15

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

Golden State and San Antonio continue to do the dance with the top spot in our NBA Power Rankings, as the Warriors reclaim the No. 1 spot after winning eight straight, seven of those by 10-points or more.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 44-4
(29-18-1)
-17.1 Golden State
With the Spurs suffering another blowout loss on Saturday, the Warriors move back into the top spot. They've now won seven straight, six by 10 or more points.
2 1 down 1 40-8
(31-17-0)
-17 San Antonio
Do not fade this team off a loss. They are 8-0 SU/7-1 ATS in that situation, winning by an average margin of 20.6 points per game.
3 3 same 37-13
(20-30-0)
-11.7 Oklahoma City
Even though they easily covered Monday vs. Washington, the Thunder's margin of victory against Western Conference teams almost is 2:1 compared to what it is vs. the East (10.2 vs. 5.3).
4 4 same 35-12
(21-23-3)
-8.9 Cleveland
The Cavs get upgraded nearly a full point this week due to five straight wins for new HC Tyronn Lue. The most impressive of the bunch was obviously the one vs. San Antonio.
5 6 up 1 32-16
(23-22-3)
-8.2 L.A. Clippers
In four straight wins, the Clippers have held their opponents to 93 points or less.
6 5 down 1 33-16
(27-22-0)
-7.3 Toronto
Toronto Two shaky performances to start February, the first being an ugly loss in Denver, result in a slight downgrade for the Raptors (after ending January on an 11-game win streak).
7 7 same 28-22
(27-22-1)
-6.9 Boston
The Celtics ended January by topping 100 points in 12 straight games. They failed to do so Tuesday in New York, but still won due to their best defensive effort of 2016.
8 8 same 28-22
(24-25-1)
-5.5 Atlanta
Though their ranking doesn't suffer, the Hawks are downgraded a full point this week as they'd lost five of six before beating Dallas Monday.
9 9 same 25-23
(24-23-1)
-5.5 Indiana
Indiana remains right where it's been the last couple weeks. They just split a pair of overtime games after previously going 2-8 SU in games decided by 5 points or less.
10 10 same 27-22
(24-24-1)
-4.4 Miami
The Hassan Whiteside debate seems to have swung in his favor. He has led the league in blocked shots each of the last three months (despite playing just 10 games in January) & the Heat's defensive efficiency numbers were much better with him on the court last month.
11 12 up 1 26-23
(26-22-1)
-3.8 Detroit
Since beating Golden State on January 16th, the Pistons are just 4-5. They are 0-4 (SU and ATS) in the second of back to back road games (with no rest), losing by an average margin of 12.3 points per game.
12 15 up 3 22-25
(25-22-0)
-3.8 Utah
Look out for the Jazz, who have covered three consecutive times as a favorite. Only three teams - San Antonio, Miami and Cleveland - give up fewer points per game.
13 11 down 2 23-25
(23-24-1)
-3.5 Charlotte
The Hornets have managed to split their last six road games, which is fine considering they were the underdog in five of them.
14 13 down 1 28-23
(29-21-1)
-3.3 Dallas
Here's a team whose last 10 games have followed a predictable pattern: 5-0 ATS at home, 0-5 ATS on the road.
15 14 down 1 26-21
(18-29-0)
-3 Chicago
The Bulls can trumpet their two upsets over Cleveland all they want. The fact remains they are just 8-19 ATS vs. the rest of the Eastern Conference.
16 18 up 2 24-26
(27-23-0)
-2.3 Portland
Like Utah, this team is surging. Five straight wins for the Blazers (4-1 ATS), although all five games were at home and saw them favored.
17 19 up 2 29-20
(24-24-1)
-2 Memphis
Also surging and the Grizzlies have scored 100 or more points in nine straight games.
18 16 down 2 26-25
(22-29-0)
-1.3 Houston
Attention Over players: The Rockets are 13-3 Over since the New Year. Only Golden State and Sacramento see a higher average number of total PPG scored in their games.
19 17 down 2 21-26
(25-21-1)
-1 Orlando
Since opening the year 21-9 ATS, the Magic are just 4-12-1 ATS their last 17 games and that includes covering the spread in their last two games.
20 20 same 23-28
(29-22-0)
-0.6 New York
Only the Spurs and Warriors can claim better records at the betting window, but the Knicks have lost six of seven straight up and the oddsmakers figure not to be as kind moving forward.
21 22 up 1 21-27
(23-25-0)
-0.5 Sacramento
The league's worst defensive team, the Kings have won only three times all year when scoring fewer than 100 points. Two of those came before X-Mas.
22 21 down 1 21-25
(23-23-0)
-0.4 Washington
"Players only" meetings can only do so much for a team that simply isn't very good. The Wiz are just 6-8 when favored at home. That's straight up.
23 23 same 18-29
(20-27-0)
0.1 New Orleans
Winners of five of the last seven, is it a case of too little, too late for the Pelicans, who have yet to win a game this year when scoring under 100 points?
24 24 same 14-36
(21-28-1)
0.6 Minnesota
Just three wins since Christmas? Yikes. The T-Wolves have yet to win in the second game of a back to back this year (0-8 SU) and are 0-6 ATS off a SU loss as a favorite.
25 26 up 1 19-30
(26-21-2)
1 Denver
Quietly, the Nuggets have covered seven of their last eight games. Remember what I said last week about close games? Monday's surprising blowout of Toronto was just the second Denver game since 12.28 not to be decided by single digits.
26 25 down 1 20-31
(24-26-1)
1.8 Milwaukee
The Bucks have lost six of seven with all but one of those games coming against Western Conference teams.
27 27 same 14-36
(19-31-0)
4.1 Phoenix
This is getting downright heinous! No team in the league has been worse since X-Mas as 10 of the Suns last 15 losses have been by double digits. Jeff Hornacek, we hardly knew ya.
28 28 same 12-37
(24-24-1)
4.5 Brooklyn
Things are getting a bit closer for the Nets, who still have only three wins in the New Year, but three of their last four losses have been by five points or less.
29 29 same 7-41
(22-25-1)
7 Philadelphia
The Sixers are 2-0 SU/ATS as favorites this season and could be in the chalk role Saturday vs. Brooklyn.
30 30 same 10-41
(22-29-0)
8.3 L.A. Lakers
Against the West, the Lakers are being outscored by 13.2 ppg. Against the East, it's not so bad (-4.6 ppg). After the 38-point effort Tuesday, Kobe figures to be terrible the next time out (Thursday at New Orleans).

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.