NBA Power Rankings: Week 14

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

A familiar face is back on top as the Miami Heat leapfrog the Indiana Pacers into the No. 1 position in this week's power rankings. The Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets each move up five spots after good weeks.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 15 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 move up in rankings1 32-12
-14.5 Miami
Well, that didn't take long. The Heat reclaim the top spot after just one week based on Sunday's superb performance vs. San Antonio. They can justify my doing this with a win tonight against Oklahoma City.
2 1 move down in rankings1 35-9
-14.3 Indiana
As soon as I conceded the top spot to the Pacers, they go out and allow 100+ points in three straight games and were lucky they didn't lose all three.
3 4 move up in rankings1 36-10
-14.0 Oklahoma City
Kevin Durant is on a truly historic scoring pace, averaging 36.5 PPG since Russell Westbrook went down on Christmas Day.
4 3 move down in rankings1 33-12
-13.5 San Antonio
Losing to the Thunder, then dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season drops the Spurs this week. They trailed Miami by as many as 29 Sunday.
5 5 no change in rankings 27-19
-12.4 Golden State
The Warriors have lost only four games by more than eight points all season long.
6 6 no change in rankings 32-15
-12.3 L.A. Clippers
After wrapping up a 5-2 Grammy-imposed road trip, the Clippers continue to thrive despite not having Chris Paul. Blake Griffin is currently playing the best basketball of his career (25+ pts in four-straight games).
7 7 no change in rankings 30-17
-11.5 Houston
They were swept in a home and home with Memphis, but then came back to defeat San Antonio Tuesday, giving them three wins over the Spurs for the first time in any season during the Tim Duncan era.
8 8 no change in rankings 33-13
-10.0 Portland
I warned you about this team's unsustainable three-point shooting and sure enough they were 4-for-24 from behind the arc against Memphis Tuesday night. There's legit concern for the first time all year with the Blazers.
9 9 no change in rankings 22-22
-8.0 Minnesota
Only 2-11 SU when they fail to score 109 points (did beat Chicago Monday), I sense that run everyone has been waiting for with the Twolves is about to take place.
10 11 move up in rankings1 23-21
-7.8 Toronto
The Raptors are the only team to defeat Brooklyn in 2014 (have done it twice) and are averaging a strong 108.7 PPG their last three games with nearly 44 percent shooting from three-point range. Kyle Lowry absolutely should be an All-Star.
11 10 move down in rankings1 26-20
-7.5 Dallas
This is an interesting team as they're not really built for the future, but unlikely to make any noise if they do make the playoffs. But they are having success "going small," sometimes with no player taller than 6'7" on the court!
12 17 move up in rankings5 26-18
-7.3 Phoenix
Jeff Hornacek is my pick for Coach of the Year right now as the Suns have already exceeded last year's win total (which was the worst since their expansion season).
13 18 move up in rankings5 20-23
-7.0 Brooklyn
Having only lost to Toronto in 2014, I have no choice but to start moving Brooklyn up in spite of their still negative point differential.
14 16 move up in rankings2 23-20
-6.5 Memphis
Finally recorded a division win Friday over Houston, then another Saturday and then went to Portland and dominated the Blazers. Have won 13 of 18 overall and with Marc Gasol back have plenty of momentum.
15 12 move down in rankings3 22-21
-6.4 Denver
The last four seasons have seen the Nuggets finish in the top four in the league in PPG at home. This year they rank outside the top 10 and actually play better on the road.
16 13 move down in rankings3 23-21
-6.3 Atlanta
Took a crushing road loss to Oklahoma City where seven different Hawks scored in double figures. A pretty indicative result of who this team is right now.
17 14 move down in rankings3 22-22
-6.0 Washington
It was an ugly win Tuesday at Golden State to cap a weird stretch that saw them lose to Boston and Utah, but also beat Phoenix. Look for the Wiz to bounce around the middle of the rankings all year.
18 15 move down in rankings3 22-22
-5.7 Chicago
The Bulls have won six of their last seven on the road as they get set to embark on a six-game trip. That sounds nice, but I don't see this going well.
19 19 no change in rankings 18-27
-5.0 New York
Great. Now that they've beaten Charlotte, the Lakers and Boston, I have to hear about "what a run" the Knicks are on all day long on Sportscenter.
20 23 move up in rankings3 19-25
-4.4 New Orleans
Were it not for injuries and playing in the Western Conference, things would be so much better for the Pelicans, who just pulled off a 3-0 sweep of Detroit, Orlando and Cleveland.
21 21 no change in rankings 19-27
-4.3 Charlotte
Al Jefferson is doing his best to keep the Bobcats competitive without Kemba Walker, but since Michael Jordan put this team together there's just not much to support him (Jefferson, that is).
22 20 move down in rankings2 18-27
-4.2 Detroit
Only win over the last five games came at the expense of Orlando and they're only 8-5 SU at home when leading after three quarters.
23 24 move up in rankings1 16-29
-3.5 Cleveland
One day removed from President Obama's "State of the Union," it seems cruel to reference unemployment, but how in the world can the return of Mike Brown be justified at this point? He has done a horrible job.
24 22 move down in rankings2 15-29
-3.0 Sacramento
Things were going well there for a while, but the loss of both Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to injury is just too much for the Kings.
25 25 no change in rankings 16-29
-2.5 Utah
The Jazz still have the worst point differential in the Western Conference, but after that 1-14 start have been exactly a .500 team.
26 26 no change in rankings 15-32
-1.0 Boston
Rajon Rondo has been predictably rusty since his return and the team is averaging just 83.3 PPG during a three-game losing streak.
27 27 no change in rankings 16-30
-0.5 L.A. Lakers
Kobe Bryant delivered a passive attempt to recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers by referencing the nice weather in LA. He certainly wasn't going to reference anything team-related!
28 29 move up in rankings1 12-34
0.5 Orlando
The league's worst road team, Orlando is 3-20 SU away from home with nine consecutive defeats. They last won a road game in mid-December.
29 28 move down in rankings1 14-31
1.0 Philadelphia
When was the last time a team allowed an average of 110 PPG in a single season? Philly has allowed triple digits this year in 40 of 45 games.
30 30 no change in rankings 8-36
2.0 Milwaukee
Their current scoring pace (91.1 PPG) would be the lowest for any team over an 82-game season since 2005-06.
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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.