NBA Power Rankings: Week 18

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors continue to be the class of our NBA Power Rankings and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change. If they do stumble the Spurs are always in their back window.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 46-9
-15.6 Golden State
The Dubs are the ONLY team in the league that's led their division at the break each of the L3 seasons.
2 2 same 42-13
-12 San Antonio
There is a noticeable gap between them and Golden State this season, but at 32-23-1 ATS overall, the Spurs are clearly the more undervalued of the two teams.
3 3 same 40-17
-9 Houston
In 2015, the Rockets were the top ATS team in the league. Last year, they fell to 29th. This year, they are fourth, currently at 33-25.
4 4 same 34-22
-8.6 Utah
Unlike the top three, the Jazz have some work to do to earn homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They open the second half with three straight road games.
5 5 same 32-24
-7.9 Toronto
The Raptors were not playing well going into the All-Star Break, but now may be a good time to buy low. Only Cleveland has a better point differential in the East.
6 6 same 38-16
-7.5 Cleveland
Very quietly, the Cavs are 7-1 SU and ATS in the month of February.
7 7 same 34-21
-7.2 L.A. Clippers
Remember there's no Chris Paul. But the Clips won and covered their last four games before the Break.
8 8 same 36-19
-6.4 Boston
Though they haven't lost a home game since Jan 21st, the C's are only 11-17-1 ATS in Beantown.
9 9 same 33-21
-6.2 Washington
This was arguably the hottest team in the league going into the Break. They've won 18 of 21 games with one loss coming by one point and another in OT against Cleveland.
10 10 same 34-23
-4.4 Memphis
The Grizz are likely to battle OKC for the six seed in the West. Beware backing them Friday because their record is just 2-8 ATS this season when playing with two or more days rest.
11 11 same 24-30
-3.9 Milwaukee
This is the first of two straight teams I recommend "buying" in on for the second half. The Bucks are much better than their record.
12 12 same 24-31
-3.4 Charlotte
The Hornets would be the other "buy low" candidate. They do play their next five games on the road, but there should be some good opportunities to take the points.
13 13 same 32-23
-2.6 Atlanta
After going 0-5 in overtime games last year, the Hawks have won all four OT games they've been involved in this season. Funny how that works!
14 17 up 3 21-35
-2.2 Minnesota
Next year will be when they make the jump into playoff contention. Though it should be pointed out the T'wolves have been outscored by less than one point per game this season.
15 14 down 1 29-26
-2 Indiana
Only Brooklyn was playing worse basketball going into the Break. The Pacers look to snap a six-game losing streak on Friday.
16 16 same 24-32
-2 Miami
Even after a 13-game win streak, the Heat are still seven games below .500. What a random run that was. This is not a playoff team in my estimation.
17 18 up 1 31-25
-2 Oklahoma City
I'm surprised that the Thunder have one of the six best ATS records in the league at the Break.
18 15 down 3 27-29
-1.9 Chicago
Keep an eye on this team at the trade deadline as they could be sellers. If not, they are a playoff contender despite the questionable roster construction and poor head coaching.
19 19 same 26-30
-1.7 Detroit
When playing with zero rest or more than three days rest, the Pistons are 2-10 ATS. Guess they just like a normal schedule?
20 20 same 22-33
-1.1 Dallas
It doesn't happen often, but as a favorite, the Mavs are 7-1 SU/ATS this year.
21 21 same 25-30
-0.9 Denver
Right now, the Nuggets are the 8-seed in the West. But they are only 7-19 SU against teams with a winning record.
22 23 up 1 22-34
-0.6 New Orleans
With the acquisition of Boogie Cousins, the Pelicans will now be everyone's pick to get that 8-seed. Watch out for them being overvalued as a result.
23 22 down 1 23-32
-0.5 Portland
This would clearly be the "least interesting" option to finish in 8th. Whomever gets the spot is getting swept by the Warriors anyway.
24 25 up 1 23-33
0.5 New York
It's pretty shocking that the Knicks have a winning ATS record.
25 24 down 1 24-32
0.8 Sacramento
Also shocking is that Phil Jackson may not be the worst GM in the league anymore! Vlade Divac, everybody!
26 26 same 17-39
2 Phoenix
Unlike Dallas, the Suns are not good as a favorite. They are just 3-7 - both SU and ATS
27 27 same 21-34
2.9 Philadelphia
The Sixers have the best ATS record in the league at 34-21-1!
28 28 same 19-38
3.8 L.A. Lakers
An actual quote from new GM Magic Johnson (three years ago): "The only way San Antonio or Miami don't win the championship is if neither team makes the finals."
29 29 same 21-36
3.8 Orlando
The Magic have the worst home ATS record in the league at 8-18-1.
30 30 same 9-46
5 Brooklyn
1-25 SU the last 26 games.

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