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 same 60-18
(43-35-0)
-14 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 same 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 same 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 same 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 same 52-25
(39-36-2)
-12 Houston
The Rockets are 30-1 straight up this season when reaching its scoring average, which is 107.1 points per game.
6 6 same 53-25
(35-42-1)
-11 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 same 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 same 50-28
(42-36-0)
-10 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 same 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 same 45-32
(39-37-1)
-9 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 up 1 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 up 1 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 down 2 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 same 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 same 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 same 40-37
(39-37-1)
-7 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 same 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 same 33-45
(34-44-0)
-6 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 up 1 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 up 1 33-44
(37-40-0)
-5 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 down 2 32-45
(33-38-6)
-4 New Orleans
Five straight losses drop the Pelicans this week. They too would love to switch conferences.
22 22 same 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 same 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 up 1 29-49
(33-44-1)
-3 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 down 1 23-54
(37-38-2)
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 same 25-53
(38-39-1)
0.5 L.A. Lakers
The worst year since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
27 27 same 24-54
(31-41-6)
1 Utah
The Jazz have lost 18 of 21 games with half of those opponents shooting over 50 percent.
28 28 same 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 same 14-63
(35-42-0)
2 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 same 17-60
(32-45-0)
3 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.