NBA Power Rankings: Week 24

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

There wasn't any movement in the Top 10 and despite their incredible win streak coming to an end last week, the Spurs hold on to the top spot in our Power Rankings, with the Clippers and Heat not too far behind. Where does your team rank with just a handful of games to go in the regular season?

NBA Power Rankings

Week 25 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 60-18
(43-35-0)
-14.0 San Antonio
You can excuse the Spurs for being "awful" (Greg Popovich's word) Tuesday night. Their .917 win percentage since the All-Star Break would be the 2nd best ever.
2 2 no change in rankings 55-23
(44-33-1)
-13.9 L.A. Clippers
On Sunday, the Clippers became just the third team ever to beat the Lakers three times in the same season by 20+ points. The previous two made the NBA Finals.
3 3 no change in rankings 53-24
(36-39-2)
-13.8 Miami
Though third in these rankings, I still feel the Heat are the team to beat come playoff time.
4 4 no change in rankings 56-21
(41-34-2)
-13.7 Oklahoma City
So Kevin Durant surpassed Michael Jordan's, scoring 25 or more points in 41 straight games. The only problem is that the Thunder won't be surpassing the Spurs.
5 5 no change in rankings 52-25
(39-36-2)
-12.0 Houston
The Rockets are 30-1 straight up this season when reaching its scoring average, which is 107.1 points per game.
6 6 no change in rankings 53-25
(35-42-1)
-11.0 Indiana
How incredible is it that I no longer consider the Pacers a real threat to oust the Heat? Scoring 23 points in the first half vs. Atlanta was totally unacceptable.
7 7 no change in rankings 48-29
(37-37-3)
-10.5 Golden State
What is Marc Jackson's problem with his assistant coaches? And does it really matter?
8 8 no change in rankings 50-28
(42-36-0)
-10.0 Portland
I don't see them winning a playoff series, but winning 50+ games one year after going 33-49 is a pretty nice achievement for the Blazers.
9 9 no change in rankings 43-34
(42-35-0)
-9.1 Brooklyn
Kudos to the Nets for being the only team to not lose to Miami this year. But three of those four wins came by a single point.
10 10 no change in rankings 45-32
(39-37-1)
-9.0 Chicago
The Bulls might be the lowest scoring team in the league, but they are still outscoring opponents thanks to the league's best defense.
11 12 move up in rankings1 45-32
(45-30-2)
-8.5 Toronto
The race for the third seed between the Raptors and Bulls definitely matters. Whomever finishes ahead of the other will draw Washington and not Brooklyn.
12 13 move up in rankings1 48-31
(43-36-0)
-8.4 Dallas
A 4-0 road trip was huge for the Mavs, who shot a franchise record 94 percent in the first quarter Tuesday vs. Utah.
13 11 move down in rankings2 45-32
(33-42-2)
-8.3 Memphis
The Grizz are very similar to the Bulls in that they score the third fewest number of points in the league, but also give up the third fewest.
14 14 no change in rankings 46-31
(50-26-1)
-8.2 Phoenix
Eric Bledsoe is the key here. The Suns are 22-2 when he scores at least 15 points, including 8-0 since his return from a knee injury.
15 15 no change in rankings 39-38
(38-39-0)
-8.1 Minnesota
Beating the Spurs by 19 Tuesday night shows what this team was capable of. It also makes me mad.
16 16 no change in rankings 40-37
(39-37-1)
-7.0 Washington
Holding off division rival Charlotte for sixth place is the goal for the Wizards at this point. They host their division rivals Wednesday night.
17 17 no change in rankings 39-38
(45-29-3)
-6.9 Charlotte
With a combined 1-9 record against the Heat, Pacers and Bulls and 3-0 mark vs. Toronto, it's no secret who the Bobcats would like to face in the first round of the playoffs.
18 18 no change in rankings 33-45
(34-44-0)
-6.0 New York
JR Smith attempted 22 three-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Heat. That's the Knicks season in a nutshell.
19 20 move up in rankings1 34-43
(33-43-1)
-5.5 Atlanta
Back to back 19 point wins over Cleveland and Indiana had the Hawks trending in a positive direction. Then they lost at home to Detroit.
20 21 move up in rankings1 33-44
(37-40-0)
-5.0 Denver
The Nuggets would currently be one game out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. But they're located in Denver and 13 games back of eighth place in the West.
21 19 move down in rankings2 32-45
(33-38-6)
-4.0 New Orleans
Five straight losses drop the Pelicans this week. They too would love to switch conferences.
22 22 no change in rankings 27-51
(35-40-3)
-3.7 Sacramento
No team has been worse from three-point range (29 percent) since the start of March.
23 23 no change in rankings 31-47
(38-40-0)
-3.5 Cleveland
I told you that the return of Kyrie Irving would mean nothing. Well, except more disappointment in Cleveland.
24 25 move up in rankings1 29-49
(33-44-1)
-3.0 Detroit
For the first time since the All-Star Break, the Pistons have won back to back games. But they join the Cavs as perhaps the two most disappointing teams in the league.
25 24 move down in rankings1 23-54
(37-38-2)
0.0 Boston
Losers of eight in a row and 13 of their last 14 games, the Celtics haven't won a road game since February 10th
26 26 no change in rankings 25-53
(38-39-1)
0.5 L.A. Lakers
The worst year since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
27 27 no change in rankings 24-54
(31-41-6)
1.0 Utah
The Jazz have lost 18 of 21 games with half of those opponents shooting over 50 percent.
28 28 no change in rankings 22-55
(32-42-3)
1.5 Orlando
Only 6-28 in back to back games this year and five of those wins came in the second leg.
29 29 no change in rankings 14-63
(35-42-0)
2.0 Milwaukee
A franchise record for most losses in a season has been established with the Bucks dropping 13 of their last 14 games.
30 30 no change in rankings 17-60
(32-45-0)
3.0 Philadelphia
The Sixers ended a 13-game losing streak on the road (-18.8 PPG!) with a win over Boston last Friday, which also put them Over their season win total.
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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.