NBA Power Rankings: Week 15

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

Led by Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City have been red hot and ascend to the top of this week's Power Rankings. The Miami Heat drop down to No. 2, while the Memphis Grizzlies climb four spots into No. 10.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 16 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 39-11
-14.5 Oklahoma City
We now have our third different team at the top this season, though there could be signs of the Thunder potentially slowing down. After averaging 110.2 PPG during a 10-game win streak, they've scored just 167 pts total the last two games. Still, the win over Miami last week justifies their placement here.
2 1 down 1 34-13
-14.3 Miami
When LeBron, Wade and Bosh combine for at least 70 points, the Heat are a perfect 5-0 straight up, though all those games have been played at home.
3 2 down 1 38-10
-14 Indiana
After some concerns over their defense, the Pacers have won three straight, allowing an average of less than 90 points per game.
4 4 same 35-13
-13 San Antonio
After suffering their first losing streak of the year (three games), the Spurs have rallied to win back to back close games and now embark on the annual Rodeo Road Trip.
5 5 same 29-20
-12.4 Golden State
Despite Tuesday's horrible loss to the Bobcats, I refuse to entertain the notion that the Warriors will miss the playoffs.
6 6 same 34-17
-12 L.A. Clippers
No team averages more points per game at home than the Clippers (110 PPG) and their next five games are all the Staples Center.
7 7 same 32-17
-11.5 Houston
Quietly, the Rockets have won 9 of 12 with the only losses coming to Oklahoma City and Memphis, who were the two hottest teams in the Western Conference in January.
8 8 same 34-14
-10 Portland
The inevitable regression of the Blazers continued Monday with a loss at Washington and the team has now failed to cover seven of its last eight games overall.
9 10 up 1 26-22
-9 Toronto
Kyle Lowry getting snubbed from the All-Star team (for Joe Johnson!) was ridiculous. The Raptors, who have never finished a season with a winning road record, currently have the most road wins in the Eastern Conference.
10 14 up 4 26-21
-8.5 Memphis
The Grizz have won 9 of 11 since Marc Gasol returned and have gotten back to playing defense as they now rank third in the league (95 PPG).
11 9 down 2 24-24
-8 Minnesota
I'm getting rather impatient with this team, which can't stay above .500 despite owning a point differential that suggests they should be close to 15 games over .500. I've sort of beaten this point into the ground, haven't I?
12 12 same 29-19
-7.7 Phoenix
I still think this could be one of the odd teams out when it comes to the playoffs, but if they acquire Pau Gasol, I may have to rethink that.
13 11 down 2 28-21
-7.5 Dallas
On the surface, things look okay for the Mavs. But since January 7th, eight of their nine wins have come against the Lakers, New Orleans (twice), Cleveland (twice), Orlando, Sacramento and Detroit. You can find all those teams near the bottom of these rankings.
14 13 down 1 21-25
-7 Brooklyn
If they avoid the Heat and/or Pacers in Round 1, the Nets could win a playoff series. But that's their ceiling.
15 15 same 23-23
-6.9 Denver
For me, this has been the hardest team in the league to figure out. In the last three weeks alone, they have beaten Golden State, Indiana and the Clippers. But lost to Cleveland, Charlotte and Toronto - all at home.
16 16 same 25-22
-6.7 Atlanta
Meanwhile, the perpetually mediocre Hawks are never a hard team to figure out. They consistently hover around the middle of the pack.
17 17 same 24-23
-6.5 Washington
For the first time in over four years, the Wizards have a winning record (entering Wednesday). They had lost the previous seven times this season when coming into a game at exactly .500.
18 18 same 24-24
-5.5 Chicago
After shooting 28 percent in a 29-point loss to Sacramento, the Bulls came back to win in Phoenix. Despite not having Derrick Rose, they should be safe when it comes to making the playoffs.
19 19 same 19-29
-5 New York
Sadly so should the Knicks (safe when it comes to making the playoffs that is) despite the fact they just lost outright to Milwaukee.
20 21 up 1 22-28
-4.4 Charlotte
I honestly once said that the Bobcats could very well be a playoff team and as dumb as that sounds, they are currently eighth in the East and just blew out Golden State in Kemba Walker's return.
21 20 down 1 20-27
-4.3 New Orleans
On the other hand, despite having a similar record to New York and Charlotte, the Pelicans have almost no chance to make the playoffs in the West.
22 22 same 19-28
-4.2 Detroit
A colossal disappointment, the Pistons have lost seven of nine road games since Christmas.
23 25 up 2 16-32
-3.5 Utah
The Jazz have spent much of the season in the West cellar and still have the worst point differential in the Conference. But every team that follows has still found a way to play worse recently.
24 24 same 16-32
-3 Sacramento
That being said, the Kings are coming off their best defensive effort in the Sacramento era of the franchise and their second largest margin of victory of the year.
25 23 down 2 16-32
-2.5 Cleveland
Luol Deng is now complaining about being traded here, Dion Waiters is likely to be traded and Kyrie Irving is reportedly unhappy. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Cleveland.
26 26 same 16-33
-1 Boston
Prior to starting February with a 96-89 win and cover at home vs. Orlando, the Celtics had just five wins dating back to December 8th and all of them were by five points or less!
27 27 same 16-32
-0.5 L.A. Lakers
The Lakers have allowed 100-plus points in 15 straight games for the first time since 1986-87. That team won the NBA title! This team will not.
28 28 same 13-37
0.5 Orlando
It seems as if the bottom five on this list is likely to remain unchanged for the balance of the year. The Magic have lost 17 of 19 and aren't likely to turn it around.
29 29 same 15-34
1 Philadelphia
Three straight losses by more than 16 points per game and they're a home dog against Boston. Yeah, this team stinks.
30 30 same 9-39
2 Milwaukee
But despite a rare win Monday night, nobody stinks worse than the Bucks, who are 0-9 SU on the road in 2014 (-15.1 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.