NBA Power Rankings: Week 7

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers continue to be the class of the league and hold on to their No. 1 and No. 2 rankings in Week 7. The most impactful move in our Power Rankings this time around is the Toronto Raptors who moved from No. 6 to No. 3 based on a seven game ATS winning streak.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 16-2
(8-9-1)
-16.5 Golden State
Even though they lost a game in the last week, the Warriors see their rating increase due to a pair of wins that came by a combined 65 points. They averaged 140 pts in the two wins.
2 2 same 14-5
(10-9-0)
-12.9 L.A. Clippers
The big test comes Wednesday night against the Warriors. These rankings indicate that should be a pick 'em game. Oddsmakers disagree, favoring Golden State by four.
3 6 up 3 11-6
(11-5-1)
-12.7 Toronto
The Raptors are now the top ATS team in the league (14-6-1 ATS). Prior to losing to Cleveland, they'd covered seven in a row.
4 4 same 11-8
(10-9-0)
-9.7 Utah
It's interesting to see both Toronto and Utah up here. The Jazz maintain last week's rating on the strength of three consecutive wins over lesser opponents.
5 5 same 14-4
(9-8-1)
-9 San Antonio
This just in. The Spurs have lost only one time since November 9th.
6 3 down 3 13-3
(6-9-1)
-7.4 Cleveland
The Cavs' lack of defense is concerning. Currently, they rank just 19th in efficiency, which is one spot ahead of Philadelphia. Their games average 215.4 points per game.
7 10 up 3 11-7
(12-6-0)
-6.4 Houston
Houston is of course rated very high on offense (3rd), but low on defense (25th). That was to be expected. They'd gone Over six straight times before a one-point win over Boston Monday.
8 9 up 1 10-8
(9-8-1)
-6 Charlotte
After ending November on a 2-5 skid, the Hornets have been fortunate to play Dallas twice in December.
9 7 down 2 10-6
(11-5-0)
-5.4 Chicago
For the second time this season, the Bulls have lost three in a row. How did they respond the first time? By covering seven of their next eight games.
10 14 up 4 8-8
(7-9-0)
-5.4 Milwaukee
The Bucks are a surprising 6th in defensive efficiency. Not only did they beat Cleveland last week, they "should" have beaten San Antonio on Monday.
11 13 up 2 9-10
(9-10-0)
-5.1 Detroit
This has been a hot team as they've won and covered six of their last eight. PG Reggie Jackson is now back.
12 11 down 1 10-7
(10-7-0)
-4.6 Boston
Back to back one-point games for the Celtics, one win and one loss. They have a tough stretch looming with Toronto, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
13 12 down 1 11-8
(9-10-0)
-4.4 Oklahoma City
How long can Russell Westbrook keep this up? He has six straight triple doubles and the Thunder are a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS.
14 17 up 3 11-7
(9-9-0)
-2.3 Memphis
Perhaps I still have the Grizzlies rated too high. But they haven't lost a game since Mike Conley got injured.
15 16 up 1 5-12
(6-11-0)
-1.7 Minnesota
The T'wolves continue to sport the worst ATS record in the league, so perhaps they should be lower. But they're being outscored by less than two points per game.
16 8 down 8 10-8
(10-8-0)
-1.5 Atlanta
What a precipitous fall this has been. The Hawks have just 1 win in their last 11 games and are 2-9 ATS during that stretch.
17 25 up 8 9-10
(6-13-0)
-1.3 Portland
Despite still ranking last in defensive efficiency, the Blazers make a big jump this week thanks to a couple of wins and covers over Eastern Conference foes.
18 19 up 1 5-12
(7-10-0)
-0.8 Miami
As expected, the Heat haven't been very good this year. Especially when taking on opponents with a winning record (just 3-12 SU).
19 23 up 4 8-9
(9-8-0)
-0.8 New York
Should we start taking the Knicks seriously? No. They've been fortunate to go 3-0 in games decided by three pts or less and they're 7-1 SU vs. sub-.500 teams.
20 15 down 5 7-12
(10-9-0)
-0.7 New Orleans
Might that early season hole have been too deep to climb out of? Not as long as Anthony Davis stays healthy. He averaged 33.0 PPG over the last week.
21 20 down 1 6-10
(6-10-0)
0 Washington
John Wall scored 50 points Tuesday night and the Wizards still lost. The future looks bleak in the Nation's Capital.
22 27 up 5 7-11
(6-12-0)
0.3 Orlando
Three straight road wins result in a big leap for the Magic this week. They've scored 100+ twice during that stretch after doing so only four times previously all season.
23 18 down 5 9-9
(7-11-0)
1 Indiana
They did beat the Clippers (in LA), but sandwiched around that the Pacers allowed 131 and 142 points to the Blazers and Warriors.
24 24 same 7-11
(10-7-1)
1 Sacramento
Over the last two games, the Kings shooting has been dreadful, especially against the Knicks, who held them to a 32.3 FG%.
25 21 down 4 7-10
(11-6-0)
1.1 Denver
The only two wins the Nuggets have in the last seven games came over Phoenix and Philadelphia, both decided by single digits.
26 22 down 4 9-10
(10-8-1)
2 L.A. Lakers
Now this is what we expected. The Lakers continue to fall down the rankings following three consecutive losses.
27 26 down 1 5-13
(10-8-0)
2.4 Phoenix
The Suns rank dead last in the league in assists per game (18.3).
28 29 up 1 3-13
(5-11-0)
3.5 Dallas
The Mavs rank dead last in the league in points per game (92.3), rebounds per game (40.3) and are 29th in assists per game (18.9). So, yeah, they stink.
29 28 down 1 5-12
(8-8-1)
5.3 Brooklyn
The Nets' last win in regulation came all the way back on November 12th. They have covered their last two times out, however.
30 30 same 4-14
(10-8-0)
7.2 Philadelphia
Eight straight losses and counting, there's a good chance the Sixers will be favored on 12.18 when they host Brooklyn.

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.