NBA Power Rankings: Week 22

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors have won five straight games and continue to dominate the top spot in our NBA Power Rankings. Joining them in the top 10 for the first time this season are the surging Miami Heat, who are 23-6 SU in their last 29 games.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 53-14
(28-37-2)
-14.8 Golden State
Now that's more like it. Five straight wins, the last four all by 16 or more. Also, Under is 13-1 their last 14 games!
2 2 same 52-14
(35-30-1)
-11.6 San Antonio
After starting March 0-6 ATS, the Spurs are 4-2 ATS the L6 games. But only one of those wins has been by double digits.
3 3 same 46-21
(38-29-0)
-9.6 Houston
The Rockets have been incredible in the second game of back to backs this year, going 13-1 SU with the average margin of victory being 11.4 PPG.
4 5 up 1 39-28
(36-30-1)
-7.6 Toronto
It's clear to me that the Raptors have been undervalued in the wake of the Kyle Lowry injury. They've now won three straight, all against possible playoff teams.
5 4 down 1 42-25
(30-35-2)
-7.6 Utah
Three straight losses (all on the road) result in a slight dip in the Jazz's rating. They still allow the fewest PPG in the league though.
6 6 same 44-22
(31-33-2)
-6.5 Cleveland
LeBron sitting out so many games has a lot to do with the Cavs' rating being several points lower compared to last year. But so does ranking 21st in defensive efficiency.
7 7 same 40-27
(33-34-0)
-6.4 L.A. Clippers
As a home favorite, the Clips are 21-6 and winning by an average of 11.6 PPG.
8 8 same 42-25
(34-31-2)
-6.1 Boston
The Celtics fashion themselves as the top challenger to Cleveland in the East, but they better hope they don't draw Toronto as a second round opponent.
9 9 same 41-25
(36-29-1)
-4.9 Washington
The Wiz posted the league's best record over a two-month span, but have now started to slip. They've failed to cover five in a row.
10 12 up 2 32-35
(40-26-1)
-4.1 Miami
Now #2 in the ATS standings, the Heat are an incredible 23-6 straight up their last 29 games and 24-5 ATS!
11 11 same 29-38
(28-36-3)
-3.9 Charlotte
If the Hornets don't make the playoffs, it's because they're 0-9 SU in games decided by three points or less and 0-6 SU in overtime!
12 10 down 2 32-34
(29-37-0)
-3.8 Milwaukee
A minor slip in these rankings this week, but the Bucks are now .500 and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
13 13 same 37-30
(33-34-0)
-3.7 Memphis
A 4-0 SU/ATS run was snapped Tuesday with a double digit loss in New Orleans.
14 14 same 28-38
(33-33-0)
-2.8 Minnesota
Along with Charlotte, the T'wolves are a lock to appear on my "most improved" list for next season.
15 16 up 1 38-29
(37-29-1)
-2.7 Oklahoma City
A five-game SU and ATS win streak ended with a thud as they fell to the Warriors again Monday. That makes it 0-4 vs. Golden State this season by an average of 20+ PPG.
16 17 up 1 32-35
(36-31-0)
-2.4 Denver
Getting swept in a home and home by Houston really hurt. Up to fifth in offensive efficiency, the Nuggets are still second to last defensively.
17 18 up 1 34-33
(30-36-1)
-2.3 Indiana
The Under had been 12-1 over a 13-game stretch for the Pacers prior to the last two.
18 15 down 3 37-30
(31-36-0)
-1.9 Atlanta
As these rankings suggested they might, the Hawks have started to slip. They've lost four in a row and not scored 100 pts in any of the games.
19 20 up 1 33-34
(33-34-0)
-1.7 Detroit
This team gets way too much respect at the betting window, especially on the road. They are just 12-22 ATS outside the Motor City while getting outscored by six points per game.
20 22 up 2 29-37
(27-39-0)
-1.7 Portland
Fade this team when off a SU win. They're just 11-21 ATS in that role.
21 21 same 32-35
(32-35-0)
-1.3 Chicago
The Bulls have just two wins over their last 10 games and I would bet against them making the playoffs.
22 23 up 1 27-40
(33-33-1)
-1.2 New Orleans
Maybe it's not too late? Three straight wins and covers for a Pelicans team that is now 8-2-1 ATS in March.
23 19 down 4 28-38
(36-30-0)
-0.9 Dallas
Getting blown out - by 42 - at Philadelphia on St. Patrick's Day was not a good look.
24 24 same 27-41
(35-33-0)
0.7 New York
The Knicks have lost to Brooklyn twice in the past 10 days.
25 25 same 26-41
(33-31-3)
1.2 Sacramento
They're only 5-7-1 ATS since the Cousins trade, which actually isn't that terrible.
26 27 up 1 24-43
(42-25-0)
2.2 Philadelphia
Seven straight ATS wins and the best ATS record in the league! This will be the highest finish for the Sixers since I've been doing the rankings (four years now).
27 26 down 1 22-45
(34-32-1)
2.2 Phoenix
Bad week for the Suns as they lost every game. The Under has hit seven straight times for them as well.
28 28 same 24-44
(27-40-1)
3.8 Orlando
For the first time since Christmas, the Magic have won back to back games.
29 30 up 1 12-54
(30-33-3)
4.1 Brooklyn
They did it! The Nets are out of the basement. They're 5-7 SU and 8-4 ATS in March.
30 29 down 1 20-47
(28-37-2)
4.8 L.A. Lakers
What an embarrassment this franchise is. They have one win since the All-Star Break.

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.