NBA Power Rankings: Week 11

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

Still can't beat the Heat as Miami is once again atop the rankings. The Golden State Warriors made a big move into the Top 5 while the red-hot Toronto Raptors jump closer to the Top 10. Find out where your favorite team sits in the Week 11 Power Rankings.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 11 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 24-7
-14.5 Miami
The top shooting team in the league, the Heat are 9-1 straight up when LeBron James scores 30 points or more.
2 2 no change in rankings 25-5
-14.3 Indiana
As good as the Pacers have been so far (including a league-best 17-1 record at home), they are only two games up on Miami in the Eastern Conference standings.
3 4 move up in rankings1 25-7
-13.5 San Antonio
The Spurs move up a spot this week thanks to the Thunder's struggles without Westbrook. They have the league's best road record at 14-3.
4 3 move down in rankings1 25-6
-13.0 Oklahoma City
Since the Westbrook injury, Kevin Durant is averaging 7 more PPG on 5 more shot attempts per game. But the team is only 4-3 SU in those games.
5 8 move up in rankings3 20-13
-12.5 Golden State
The league's hottest team has reclaimed its highest ranking of the season thanks to a 10-game win streak (best since '75!), the last six of which have been at the expense of the inferior Eastern Conference.
6 6 no change in rankings 25-7
-12.0 Portland
We're starting to see some regression here, including a loss to the Kings Tuesday where they scored 46 points in the fourth quarter and still came up short.
7 5 move down in rankings2 21-12
-10.5 L.A. Clippers
Losing Chris Paul for up to six weeks is going to be a killer in the loaded West. That said, replacement Darren Collison led the team in scoring Monday vs. Orlando.
8 7 move down in rankings1 21-13
-9.5 Houston
Over the last five games, the Rockets are shooting a dreadful 26.5 percent from three-point range.
9 9 no change in rankings 15-16
-9.0 Minnesota
The T-wolves have more wins by 20+ points (7) than any other team in the league. They are also 0-9 SU in games decided by five points or less.
10 10 no change in rankings 19-11
-7.0 Phoenix
The league's most lethal underdog, the Suns are now 15-4 ATS when taking points this season. But how long will this last?
11 16 move up in rankings5 14-15
-6.5 Toronto
A big jump this week for the Raptors, who have covered seven in a row despite back to back losses. Those losses came to Miami and Indiana by a total of 12 points.
12 12 no change in rankings 18-13
-6.3 Dallas
The Mavs have won a season-best four straight on the road while holding opponents to just 44.7 percent shooting. But they'd also lost four in a row at home before beating the Lakers Tuesday night.
13 19 move up in rankings6 12-18
-6.0 Chicago
Despite trading Luol Deng against Tom Thibodeau's wishes, the Bulls are playing very well and make this week's biggest jump. Could they make the playoffs after all?
14 13 move down in rankings1 14-16
-5.9 Denver
Have now won three straight after season-worst eight game losing streak. That lands them back at .500.
15 18 move up in rankings3 13-17
-5.8 Memphis
The Grizz are probably all in favor of the league's proposed plan to eliminate divisions. So far, they are 0-9 vs. the Southwest.
16 15 move down in rankings1 14-15
-5.7 New Orleans
The loss of Ryan Anderson is really hurting this team offensively. The Pelicans have scored just 170 points total the last two games.
17 11 move down in rankings6 18-14
-5.6 Atlanta
Since taking the Heat to overtime on December 23rd, the Hawks have gone 2-5 ATS with every game decided by seven points or less! A big drop this week as oddsmakers begin to respect them less.
18 14 move down in rankings4 14-14
-5.5 Washington
A good sign for the team's potential playoff prospects is that they've won five straight conference road games. But the Wiz have only two such games remaining in January!
19 22 move up in rankings3 10-21
-5.0 Brooklyn
ESPN recently posted about the Nets "Still unbeaten in 2014." While true, that headline kind of irked me. I don't know why.
20 20 no change in rankings 14-18
-4.8 Charlotte
Just one week after predicting the Bobcats would make the playoffs, I'm already starting to wonder if that's going to be one of the dumbest things I say all year.
21 17 move down in rankings4 14-19
-4.5 Detroit
When you go 0-5 SU/ATS, you'll drop in a crowded middle of the rankings rather quickly. Such is the fate of the Pistons, who will probably start to turn things around soon.
22 25 move up in rankings3 9-21
-4.0 New York
Other than Carmelo Anthony, the rest of the team was only 20 of 57 from the field, including 3 of 19 from three-point range Tuesday vs. Detroit. Terrible, terrible roster.
23 23 no change in rankings 10-20
-3.5 Sacramento
The Kings last three victories have come against the Heat, Rockets and Trail Blazers. Their last two losses? At home to the Sixers and Bobcats, of course! Help me figure that out.
24 21 move down in rankings3 13-18
-3.0 Boston
This road trip isn't likely to end well for the Celtics, who have lost 11 straight non-conference road games.
25 24 move down in rankings1 13-19
-2.5 L.A. Lakers
I honestly can't think of a more uninteresting Lakers squad since the Vlade Divac/Nick Van Exel days.
26 26 no change in rankings 10-21
-2.0 Cleveland
Getting rid of Andrew Bynum was a case of addition by subtraction, but the bottom line is that this is not a playoff team no matter what owner Dan Gilbert thinks.
27 27 no change in rankings 10-24
-1.5 Utah
Tuesday's win over the Thunder was the Jazz's 1st over a likely playoff team since December 9th.
28 28 no change in rankings 10-21
-1.0 Orlando
Losers of 11 of their last 15, no Magic player has scored more than 26 points in any game during that span.
29 29 no change in rankings 9-21
0.5 Philadelphia
A shocking four-game win streak has come to an end the way you thought it would - with back to back double digit losses.
30 30 no change in rankings 7-24
1.0 Milwaukee
It's just plain sad when the majority of teams above them came into the season deliberately tanking and the Bucks are still the worst of the lot.
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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.