NBA Power Rankings: Week 12

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

The Heat are still the team to beat in our Power Rankings. The Raptors are roaring up the charts, making their first Top 10 appearance of the season thanks to 10 covers in a row. Find out where your favorite team sits in the Week 12 Power Rankings.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 13 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 27-10
(16-21-0)
-14.5 Miami
With the back to back losses, it was tempting to move Miami down for the first time all year. Alas, I could not do it. Do you really believe this isn't the favorite to win it all?
2 2 same 30-7
(25-12-0)
-14.3 Indiana
If there's any doubt that this is the best defensive team in the league, the Pacers just held a Sacramento team that had scored 100+ in 18 of its last 19 games below the century mark.
3 3 same 30-8
(20-18-0)
-14 San Antonio
The NBA's first team to 30 wins, the Spurs have won their last three home games by an average of 21.4 points per game (entering Wednesday).
4 5 up 1 25-14
(18-19-2)
-13 Golden State
This may very well be the Warriors highest ranking in a generation. Their starting five is outscoring opponents by an average of 21 points per 100 possessions, the highest such mark in the league.
5 4 down 1 28-10
(20-18-0)
-12.5 Oklahoma City
The Thunder continue to slip as they are just 5-5 straight up without Russell Westbrook. In Tuesday's loss to Memphis, Kevin Durant scored 37 points. The other four starters combined to score just 30.
6 6 same 28-9
(21-16-0)
-11.5 Portland
One (major?) concern I have about this team is that in 20 of their 37 games they have trailed at halftime.
7 7 same 26-13
(23-16-0)
-11 L.A. Clippers
The Clips have won three in a row without Chris Paul and five of their last six overall. They are 17-3 at home where they outscore opponents by 12 points per game.
8 8 same 25-14
(20-17-2)
-10.5 Houston
If you asked me before the season, I'd say Houston was a likely candidate to be the best team in the Western Conference to not win a playoff series. I'll still stand by that.
9 11 up 2 19-17
(22-14-0)
-9.5 Toronto
How's this for a surprise? The Raptors have now covered 10 straight games and are 13-5 SU since December 8th, the best record among all Eastern Conference teams.
10 9 down 1 18-19
(20-17-0)
-9 Minnesota
While eight of their 18 wins have come by 20 or more points (most in the league), that 0-10 record in games decided by five points or less is the reason the T-wolves can't seem to get over .500.
11 12 up 1 23-16
(21-18-0)
-8.3 Dallas
Entering Wednesday, the Mavs are seven games over .500 for the first time in two seasons. Yet, I'm still not sold on this being a playoff team.
12 14 up 2 19-18
(17-20-0)
-8 Denver
Road games are not going well right now for the Nuggets as they've allowed 114 PPG on 49.3 percent shooting their last five.
13 15 up 2 18-19
(17-19-1)
-7 Memphis
Marc Gasol is now back (after missing 23 games) and so too seemingly are the Grizzlies' playoff hopes. They've covered seven in a row entering Wednesday.
14 17 up 3 20-18
(21-17-0)
-6.5 Atlanta
Bouncing around the middle of the pack (as always), the Hawks' 6-13 road record is the worst among all teams with a .500 or better record and includes a 1-6 mark vs. the West.
15 10 down 5 21-16
(25-11-1)
-6.4 Phoenix
Thanks to an injury to Eric Bledsoe, the Suns are beginning to set in the rankings with noticeable drop this week. They've lost three in a row, but all were on the road and by five points or less.
16 18 up 2 17-19
(20-16-0)
-6.3 Washington
It's pretty hard to figure the Wizards out right now as they've lost seven of eight at home, but won seven of nine on the road.
17 13 down 4 17-19
(16-20-0)
-6.2 Chicago
Before losing at home to Washington Monday night, the Bulls had won and covered five straight, holding opponents to an average of just 85.4 pts per game.
18 22 up 4 15-23
(16-22-0)
-6.1 New York
I'll move the Knicks up for now, but all that exuberance over a simple five-game win streak seemed a little misplaced as far as I'm concerned.
19 19 same 15-22
(17-20-0)
-6 Brooklyn
As was the case with the rival Knicks, an overhyped five-game win streak for the Nets came to an inglorious end with a double digit loss.
20 21 up 1 16-22
(16-21-1)
-4.5 Detroit
Considering how weak the East is, the Pistons should not be as bad as they are. The Monroe-Smith-Drummond trio has been a complete bust.
21 20 down 1 16-23
(21-16-2)
-4.3 Charlotte
Over the last three seasons, the Bobcats are a pretty horrible 17-37 against the spread in the second night of back to backs.
22 16 down 6 15-22
(15-20-2)
-4.2 New Orleans
A big drop for the Pelicans this week as they have lost six in a row since leading scorer Ryan Anderson went down while averaging just 93 points per game.
23 23 same 13-23
(15-20-1)
-4 Sacramento
As good as Boogie Cousins is on the offensive end, this team stinks defensively, especially one the road where they give up 107.4 PPG
24 26 up 2 14-24
(17-21-0)
-3 Cleveland
Considering they just lost to Sacramento by 44 points on Sunday, it's more than just a spot that seperates the Cavs from moving up any further.
25 27 up 2 13-26
(17-20-2)
-2 Utah
The Jazz's last four games: Wins over Oklahoma City and Denver, losses to the Lakers and Cleveland. I give up sometimes.
26 24 down 2 13-26
(19-19-1)
-1.5 Boston
Losers of nine straight, the Celtics have given up an average of 106.1 PPG during that stretch and just traded Jordan Crawford. Turn out the lights, the party's over.
27 25 down 2 14-24
(19-18-1)
-0.5 L.A. Lakers
Is this not the worst Lakers team of the last 30 years? Having lost 11 of 12, it only should get worse with an impending seven-game road trip.
28 28 same 10-28
(15-23-0)
0 Orlando
Few would have expected the Magic's West Coast swing to go well, but going 0-5 while being outscored by more than 20 PPG AND losing your two best players to injury is beyond disastrous.
29 29 same 12-25
(15-22-0)
0.5 Philadelphia
The 76ers have allowed at least 102 points in all but four games this season and are without question the worst defensive team in recent NBA history.
30 30 same 7-30
(12-25-0)
1 Milwaukee
But Milwaukee is still worse as they have lost six in a row by an average of 15.5 points per game.
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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.