NBA Power Rankings: Week 12By Power Sports - Covers Expert
The Los Angeles Clippers were actually the No. 1 team in our weekly NBA Power Rankings until they lost Blake Griffin to knee surgery. Losing Griffin pushed the Clippers well down our list but, although they are still without their star forward for another few weeks, they are experiencing a nice resurgence over the last two weeks.
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The Warriors see their actual rating dip a bit this week as they are now 0-5 ATS in the New Year. They were a double digit favorite in all five games.
Don't look now, but the Spurs are just 2.5 games behind the Warriors in the West. This despite losing to both Atlanta and Milwaukee (by two points each) since the New Year.
After a bit of a rough stretch where they blew late leads multiple times, Tuesday's win over Boston was much needed.
Though the Rockets have won 20 of their last 22 games and just beat the Raptors (in Toronto), they remain just below them in these rankings.
In a week where many of the top teams saw their actual rating decrease, the Clips increased theirs thanks to three straight wins and covers.
Yes, the Cavs rating would look better if not for those three games without LeBron. But the rating continues to decrease even with The King in the lineup. Concerning.
Meanwhile, the Jazz had finished a road trip by failing to cover four straight. That was before they beat Cleveland at home on Tuesday.
So far in 2017, the Bucks have beaten both Oklahoma City and San Antonio. This continues to be a team on the rise.
The Celtics have won five in a row at home, but also lost their last two road games - at Toronto and Cleveland.
A slight move up for the Thunder this week off back to back double digit victories.
The Hornets have dropped four of their first five games of 2017, all of the losses taking place on the road.
The stunning come from behind win over Golden State was followed by a win where they held Utah to just 79 points.
After taking a massive tumble in December, the Hawks have all of a sudden won seven straight and are a perfect 5-0 ATS in the New Year.
The Wiz have also been hot, going 12-5 SU and ATS their past 17 games. But they started in a hole and it's tough to see them finishing any higher than sixth in the East.
Same thing as Washington. Indiana has gotten hot after a bad start (4-0 ATS in '17) and the Over continues to cash for them as well (9-1 L10).
Though they've covered four of five, the Bulls are fading. They are just 6-10 SU and ATS L16 games.
Speaking of fading, the Pistons have just four wins since 12.16 and while two of them came in the last week, both were by exactly one point.
Despite the awful SU record of 12-26, these rankings continue to respect the Wolves, who are actually the eighth highest rated team in the West!
Thanks to beating the Lakers twice in the last week, the Blazers have improved their own standing. But they're still six games below .500.
One of these teams has to be the 8-seed in the Western Conference, which would only allow them the honor of getting crushed the Golden State. That happened to New Orleans two years ago.
The Kings are tied with the Blazers for eighth in the actual Western Conference standings. Both are among the worst defensive teams in the league.
Derrick Rose was an embarrassing "No Call, No Show" for work on Monday. I mean, I wouldn't want to play in the triangle offense either, but that's taking things to a whole new level.
This might seem a little high for the Heat given their overall record. But at least at home they remain competitive (only -1.8 PPG).
The Over has cashed in 72% of all Nuggets games this season. That's more interesting to me than anything in George Karl's dumb book about the team.
Three straight losses scoring 95 points or less. That's been far too common for the Magic the last few years.
Before running into Cleveland (allowed 120 pts), the Suns had actually been playing better defense, holding four of five opponents below 100 pts.
At home, the Lakers have actually outscored opponentst this year. On the road though, they're -10.3 PPG.
This is not a fun team to watch. Playing without rest, the Mavs are 0-7 this year and being outscored by 13.7 PPG.
Already, the Sixers have exceeded last year's win total. That's just a sign of how awful they were in 2015-16.
The Nets have just one win in the last 12 games and it came by two points, at home, the night after X-Mas vs. Charlotte.
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.