NBA Power Rankings: Week 19By Bryan Power - Covers Expert
The Warriors hold on to the top spot in the latest edition of our Power Rankings, but the Trail Blazers and the Cavaliers are doing their best to close the gap.
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While the Warriors rating has slipped a full point in recent weeks, know that their +15.8 point per game scoring differential at home is easily a league best.
Without Blake Griffin, the Clippers have gone 7-3 straight up (6-4 ATS) while outscoring teams by 6.6 points per 100 possessions. So, in other words, there's been no real drop off.
The Hawks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot thanks to Tuesday's come from behind win over Houston. They also continue to maintain the league's best SU and ATS record, yet aren't even considered the favorite to win their own conference!
It may surprise some to have the Blazers ranked this high, but in the last three weeks of February they were able to sweep Houston, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Eight straight Unders (entering Wednesday) is not something you'd expect from this team.
Missed free throws aside, no one is moving up the board faster right now than LeBron and company, and truth be told, this has been the best team in the league over the last month and a half.
Since February 8th, the Grizzlies are averaging just 90.9 points per game, second fewest in the league over that time frame, trailing only Orlando.
The Raptors are a team on a downward trajectory. It took a matchup with Philadelphia Monday to snap a five-game SU/ATS losing streak.
The annual "Rodeo Road Trip" didn't go as well as usual (4-5 SU/3-6 ATS), but now its over and the defending champs have six winnable home games in front of them.
Let's get this straight right now. There's a big difference between "King James" and James Harden.
The injuries continue to pile up for Tom Thibodeau (now Jimmy Butler!), but the Bulls still remain competitive and will likely stay among the top four in the East.
I'm not sure this "cursed" season for the Thunder will last past the first round of the playoffs, but they have won five straight home games by an average of 18.4 points per game.
Once the best bet in the league, the Bucks have failed to cover seven of their last eight games, including three consecutive defeats to non-playoff teams from the Western Conference.
Going back to January 21st, the Wizards are a horrific 3-15-1 against the spread, leaving them ahead of only the Knicks and Nuggets at the betting window this year.
Predictably, turnovers have been an issue since dealing away Goran Dragic, but the Suns can take solace that I still have them rated higher than the Heat!
An improbable five-game SU/ATS win streak without three of their top four leading scorers came to an end Monday night in Dallas and I would expect the Pelicans to start tailing off from here on out, even after Anthony Davis returns.
Winners of eight of their last ten games, the Pacers have a favorable schedule in front of them as well as the possible return of Paul George. I remain unconvinced that making the playoffs would be better for the franchise, however.
This continues to be a very sneaky team as the Jazz have won seven of nine, holding six of the last seven opponents to 87 points or less.
The Pistons have to learn to shoot better in crunch time. When ahead by three points or less, they're making only 43.8 percent of their shot attempts.
Blowing a huge lead at home to Golden State and then following it up by getting crushed in Cleveland was a cold dose of reality for a team that has been better than expected.
Congratulations to Michael Jordan for joining the billionaire's club. Now if only he could produce for the Hornets, the way he did for the Bulls and Nike!
An easy remaining schedule should land the Heat in the playoffs, though they have to start playing better at home where they're only 11-17 straight up thus far.
A stunning win over Golden State put the Nets at 6-1 ATS their last seven games. But they weren't favored by more than three in any of them.
The Kings just won by 38 points Tuesday night in New York and their halftime lead of 26 was their largest in any road game since 2003.
The Brian Shaw era is officially over and the players that quit on him long ago can now rejoice.
As I said in the Memphis capsule, the Magic have been the league's lowest scoring team since Feb 8. Only once have they topped 100 pts in a game during that time.
I will laugh very hard if the Lakers somehow lose their top-five protected lottery pick this summer.
Hey, the T'wolves move up a spot! Wednesday will mark the third time they've been favored since the All-Star Break after being chalk in just seven games in the first half of the season.
Phil Jackson getting fined for commenting on D'Angelo Russell basically sums up this entire atrocious Knicks' season.
The Sixers went 7-3 ATS in February (now 0-2 ATS in March), but even the Knicks can't challenge them (yet?) for this spot.
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.