NBA Power Rankings: Week 13

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

The Pacers have finally dethroned the Miami Heat! At least they have in this week's Power Rankings. They are the first team besides the Heat to be ranked No. 1, thanks to the league's best point differential and an 11-2 record versus the West.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 14 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 33-7
(28-12-0)
-14.5 Indiana
For the 1st time all year, we have a change at the top. With the league's best point differential and an 11-2 SU record vs. the West, the Pacers deserve it.
2 1 down 1 30-12
(18-24-0)
-14.3 Miami
As a reminder, there was a brief period last year when I dropped the Heat from the top spot. They still won the NBA Title, in case you forgot.
3 3 same 32-9
(21-20-0)
-14 San Antonio
The Spurs haven't lost back to back games all season. With Sunday's win over Milwaukee, they're a perfect 9-0 SU in that situation (8-1 ATS).
4 5 up 1 32-10
(24-18-0)
-12.5 Oklahoma City
Kevin Durant is making his case for MVP since the Westbrook injury. He has the four highest scoring games in the league this season. No player has held that distinction since Jordan in 1988-89.
5 4 down 1 26-17
(19-22-2)
-12.4 Golden State
No team has played a more dramatic home/road split in the league (18/25) than the Warriors. But the good news is that 9 of their next 11 games take place at Oracle Arena.
6 7 up 1 29-14
(25-18-0)
-12.3 L.A. Clippers
Since losing Chris Paul to injury, the Clips have won seven of nine thanks to improved defense. But they're somehow also averaging 110 PPG their last seven contests.
7 8 up 1 28-15
(21-20-2)
-11 Houston
The Rockets have been red hot offensively in the new year, twice topping 70 points before halftime in the last three games!
8 6 down 2 31-11
(24-18-0)
-10.7 Portland
Despite the overall record, the Blazers reliance on three-pointers and unsustainable record in close games concerns me.
9 10 up 1 20-21
(22-19-0)
-8 Minnesota
A home and home sweep of the Jazz continues to prove the T'wolves can blowout the bad teams, but what this team really needs is some close wins against good teams. There aren't many bad teams in the West.
10 11 up 1 25-18
(24-19-0)
-7.8 Dallas
Almost blew a 24-point lead Monday in Cleveland, but the win improved the Mavs' record vs. the East to a strong 11-4.
11 9 down 2 20-20
(23-17-0)
-7.5 Toronto
After covering 10 straight games, the Raptors were due to start giving some back, but they've lost outright to Boston, the Lakers and Charlotte over their last four games, which is fairly inexcusable.
12 12 same 20-20
(18-22-0)
-7.3 Denver
It gets really hard to start ranking teams at this point as the Nuggets have lost 3 of 4, but remain ahead of several teams that are hotter right now.
13 14 up 1 21-19
(22-18-0)
-7 Atlanta
The Hawks scored a season high 71 points in the first half against the Heat, which was also the most points allowed in any half this year by Miami.
14 16 up 2 20-20
(21-19-0)
-6.9 Washington
Now 20-20 on the season, Wednesday will see the Wizards try and do something they haven't done since three games into the 2009 season - that's move above .500.
15 17 up 2 20-20
(18-22-0)
-6.8 Chicago
Speaking of getting to .500, that's where the Bulls are for the first time since early November as they've won 8 of 10 w/ both losses coming to Washington.
16 13 down 3 20-20
(17-22-1)
-6.7 Memphis
The Grizzlies remain the only team in the league without a division win as Monday's home loss to New Orleans dropped them to 0-10 SU vs. the Southwest.
17 15 down 2 23-17
(26-13-1)
-6.6 Phoenix
The Suns led the whole way against the Nuggets Sunday after never having the lead Friday vs Dallas.
18 19 up 1 18-22
(20-20-0)
-6.5 Brooklyn
Now 8-1 in 2014, the Nets are starting to show why they were the favorite to win the Atlantic Division before the year. But they are not serious contenders to either Indiana or Miami.
19 18 down 1 15-26
(16-25-0)
-4.5 New York
That five-game win streak was a mirage as the Knicks have now lost four in a row - all by double digits.
20 20 same 17-24
(17-23-1)
-4.4 Detroit
The Pistons are 0-15 SU this season when the opponent shoots at least 50% from the field.
21 21 same 18-25
(23-18-2)
-4.3 Charlotte
They led Toronto by as many as 30 Monday afternoon, but the Bobcats' problem is that they haven't won back to back games in a month and are without leading scorer Kemba Walker for an indefinite period of time.
22 23 up 1 15-25
(18-21-1)
-4.2 Sacramento
Despite still being horrific defensively, the Kings are improving as the Rudy Gay trade looks like it may have worked out for both them and the Raptors.
23 22 down 1 16-25
(17-22-2)
-3.5 New Orleans
The bodies continue to fall for the Pelicans as only 10 out of 15 players on the roster were in uniform for Tuesday's loss to Sacramento.
24 24 same 15-26
(18-23-0)
-3 Cleveland
The #1 overall draft choice from last June, Anthony Bennett, has not even taken the floor once in the last four games. Nice pick.
25 25 same 14-29
(19-22-2)
-2 Utah
After opening the year 1-14, the Jazz have basically been a .500 team, although they are a horrible 1-18 SU when Enes Kanter starts.
26 26 same 14-29
(21-21-1)
-1.5 Boston
Rajon Rondo is back, but he went 0 for 8 from the floor against the Heat and the team's leading scorer ended up being Brandon Bass (15 points).
27 27 same 16-26
(23-18-1)
-0.5 L.A. Lakers
Good luck Thursday against the Heat.
28 29 up 1 13-28
(17-24-0)
0 Philadelphia
The Sixers have lost seven of eight, their lone win coming by three points, and have lost three straight road games (all to non-winning foes) by an average of 17 points per game. Yet they moved UP this week!
29 28 down 1 11-31
(17-25-0)
0.5 Orlando
I really hope that Aaron Afflalo makes the All-Star team. Other than that, I could care less about the Magic.
30 30 same 7-33
(14-26-0)
1 Milwaukee
The Bucks average only 88.3 PPG at home and haven't posted back to back victories all season. In other words, a perfect profile for the worst team in the league.
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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.