NBA Power Rankings: Week 17

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors continue to be the class of our NBA Power Rankings and it would take some sort of epic collapse to knock them from their perch. The Rockets have jumped into the Top 3 thanks to a week which featured three double-digit wins SU/ATS.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 43-8
(23-26-2)
-15.3 Golden State
The Dubs got a taste of their own medicine Monday night as the Nuggets tied a NBA record with 24 three-pointers made.
2 2 same 39-12
(29-21-1)
-11.8 San Antonio
The Spurs are just 3-2 SU so far on the annual Rodeo Road Trip. They've posted a winning record on the trip 13 of the past 14 seasons, going 82-35 SU.
3 4 up 1 38-17
(31-24-0)
-9.3 Houston
Houston moves into the third spot this week, not a surprise after posting three consecutive double digit victories (covered all three times).
4 3 down 1 33-19
(23-28-1)
-8.3 Utah
Similarly, it's not a surprise to see the Jazz drop down a spot. You have to think last week's ranking marked their season apex, right?
5 5 same 32-21
(31-21-1)
-8.1 Toronto
The numbers are the numbers, but I don't believe for a second that the Raptors are the fifth best team in the league right now. They've won just four of their last 15 games!
6 6 same 35-15
(22-26-2)
-7.5 Cleveland
LeBron's minutes seem like they should be a concern, but he's been playing even better of late. Those minutes will continue to increase without Kevin Love for the next six weeks.
7 7 same 31-21
(25-27-0)
-6.9 L.A. Clippers
Blake Griffin has been fantastic of late. In nine games since returning to the lineup, he's averaged 24.3 points, 8.9 boards and 5.3 assists per contest.
8 8 same 33-18
(26-23-2)
-6.4 Boston
Can the Celtics catch the Cavs? They've won 10 of 11, but it might be hard to continue that pace.
9 9 same 30-21
(30-21-0)
-6 Washington
Though they didn't move up, the Wiz's actual rating saw one of the biggest increases this week. They have just two losses in the last 16 games. One in overtime, the other by a single point.
10 10 same 32-22
(28-26-0)
-4.7 Memphis
This appears to be a solid playoff team. But like most Grizzlies teams of the past, I seriously doubt they'll escape the first round.
11 12 up 1 22-28
(20-30-0)
-3.8 Milwaukee
The next two teams may surprise you by still being ranked this high, but I still believe in both the Bucks and Hornets. Milwaukee starting to turn it around with wins over Indiana and Detroit.
12 11 down 1 24-28
(22-28-2)
-3.3 Charlotte
Yes, despite a horrid stretch of basketball, the Hornets are still in the top 12. Over the L12 games, they have just two SU wins (both against Brooklyn) and one cover.
13 15 up 2 30-22
(26-26-0)
-3 Atlanta
In terms of actual vs. expected number of wins, I view the Hawks as one of the big overachievers in the entire league.
14 14 same 29-22
(23-27-1)
-2.5 Indiana
After winning seven in a row, they've now lost four straight and are in Cleveland Wednesday night.
15 13 down 2 26-26
(26-26-0)
-1.9 Chicago
Don't look for the Bulls in the postseason either. Tuesday's win over Toronto aside, this team is a mess.
16 17 up 1 22-30
(29-22-1)
-1.9 Miami
That 13-game win streak was finally snapped as they've now lost back to back games - to Philadelphia and Orlando. Possibly a good "go against" team to start the second half.
17 19 up 2 19-33
(22-30-0)
-1.9 Minnesota
I've had the T-wolves ranked as the eighth best team in the West for most of the season. They will not be making the playoffs next year though.
18 16 down 2 30-23
(29-23-1)
-1.9 Oklahoma City
Forget about the offensive woes that I point to every week. In their last two games, the Thunder have given up 250 total points.
19 18 down 1 24-28
(24-28-0)
-1.5 Detroit
When playing without rest, the Pistons are 2-8 SU/ATS and getting outscored by over 10 PPG.
20 22 up 2 20-32
(28-24-0)
-1.2 Dallas
Since starting the year 6-20, the Mavs have a winning record.
21 21 same 23-28
(27-24-0)
-1.2 Denver
This could end up being the 8-seed in the West. For their first game after the break, note they are 3-0 SU/ATS when playing with at least three days rest.
22 20 down 2 23-30
(22-31-0)
-0.9 Portland
Five straight ATS losses and the Blazers now have the worst ATS record in the league.
23 23 same 20-32
(25-27-0)
-0.4 New Orleans
The Pelicans have won back to back games just one time in the New Year.
24 25 up 1 20-32
(25-25-2)
0.3 Sacramento
The Kings have won and covered four straight heading into Wednesday's game at Golden State.
25 24 down 1 22-31
(29-24-0)
0.4 New York
Just a disgraceful organization with no long-term vision. From the top-down, everything should be changed.
26 26 same 16-36
(26-25-1)
2.9 Phoenix
At this point of the season, it's probably safe to say that this will be our bottom five the rest of the way.
27 29 up 2 18-33
(29-22-0)
3 Philadelphia
The Sixers have actually won 12 of 21 games straight up including three consecutive upsets.
28 27 down 1 18-36
(26-27-1)
3.2 L.A. Lakers
Remember at the start of the season when people were actually writing articles about the Knicks and Lakers possibly being playoff teams?
29 28 down 1 20-34
(22-31-1)
3.5 Orlando
What a sad group this is. They did however just beat Miami - as eight point underdogs - the last time out.
30 30 same 9-43
(22-27-3)
5.1 Brooklyn
Make it 1-24 SU L25 games.

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