NBA Power Rankings: Week 5

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

The Top 4 remains unchanged this week with the Heat still claiming the top spot, while the Bulls takes a tumble after more bad news for Derrick Rose. Find out where your favorite team sits in the Week 5 power rankings.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 5 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 8-3
-14 Miami
LeBron James is shooting 61% overall, 49% from three-point range and 80% from the free throw line - all career highs. Wow. Just wow.
2 2 same 9-1
-13.5 San Antonio
The Spurs only loss is to a Portland team (on the road) that also is currently on an 11-game win streak. That was also the only time they allowed 100+ points in a game.
3 3 same 9-1
-13.3 Indiana
It's pretty amazing that the Pacers are 13-1 SU when you consider that they've only led by more than seven points at half one time all season.
4 4 same 7-4
-12.5 L.A. Clippers
The defense has improved over the last four games, holding foes to an average of 96.8 PPG on 42.6 percent shooting.
5 6 up 1 7-3
-12.4 Oklahoma City
Why are people starting to write this team off? They have yet to lose a home game (going into Weds night vs. San Antonio) & have won four in a row overall.
6 5 down 1 8-3
-12 Golden State
It remains to be seen how they do without Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry, who keeps missing games. The 2nd night of back to backs have not been kind to this team.
7 7 same 8-4
-10 Houston
I see the Rockets staying around this spot for most of the season. Not a real title contender, but they'll be favored more often than not.
8 11 up 3 9-2
-9 Portland
The hottest team in the league right now has won 11 straight times. Six of those wins have come by double digits.
9 9 same 7-5
-8.8 Minnesota
Though their point differential indicates that they're better than their record, there's no denying this team is starting to come back down to Earth.
10 10 same 7-4
-8.7 Dallas
Just lost for the 1st time at home Monday to the Nuggets. Previously, they had been averaging 114.5 PPG at American Airlines Center.
11 18 up 7 4-6
-8.6 Denver
All of a sudden the Nuggets have come roaring back following an 0-3 start. They've won 7 of 10 while averaging 107.3 PPG
12 12 same 6-5
-8 Memphis
The good news for the Grizzlies is that despite the underwhelming start, I still have them 12th. The bad news is that they are 10th among Western Conference teams.
13 8 down 5 6-3
-7.5 Chicago
What a sad turn of events for Derrick Rose and the Bulls, who have lost four straight, including a game in Utah. Even sadder is that the team is still 3rd best in the East without Rose.
14 14 same 6-5
-7 Atlanta
Speaking of sad, the fact that the horrible Eastern Conference is going to (probably) allow Atlanta to make the playoffs again is very distressing to me.
15 15 same 4-6
-6.3 Detroit
The Pistons have just one win in six games against the Western Conference. The good news is that they play in the East.
16 17 up 1 4-6
-6 New Orleans
Oh, if only this team could change conferences! I'd give the Pelicans a realistic shot at finishing with the third best record in the East. As it is, they might come in last place in the Southwest Division.
17 19 up 2 4-7
-5.7 Toronto
The Raptors are 0-5 when allowing 100-plus points, but remain my highest rated team in the Atlantic Division.
18 21 up 3 3-7
-5.3 Washington
Eastern Conference Player of the Week John Wall has been outstanding of late, scoring 30 or more points in three straight games for the first time in his career.
19 13 down 6 3-7
-5 Brooklyn
They've finally won a couple road games, but the collection of 2001 All Stars on the roster (that includes HC Jason Kidd) are all overpaid disasters.
20 16 down 4 3-7
-4.9 New York
While on the subject of disasters, how about New York's "other team?" The Knicks have lost 6 straight entering Wednesday, averaging just 89 PPG in regulation the last five.
21 23 up 2 5-7
-4.8 L.A. Lakers
Road woes have plagued the Lakers on the court. But off the court, I'm still wondering why they paid Kobe Bryant all that money.
22 22 same 5-5
-3.5 Phoenix
With losses in five of their last seven, the Suns are starting to set. However, they remain a profitable 10-3-1 ATS at the betting window.
23 27 up 4 3-7
-2.9 Sacramento
Truth be told, I have no rational explanation on how the Kings were able to move up here this week other than that the bottom of the East is just that bad.
24 24 same 4-8
-2.8 Boston
Lose four. Win four. Lose six. Win (two and counting). That's the Celtics season. If they get by Memphis at home Wednesday, they could make it 6 wins in a row as they play Cleveland, then a home and home with Milwaukee.
25 26 up 1 5-6
-2.7 Charlotte
Did you know that the Bobcats have not lost more than two straight games all season?
26 25 down 1 4-6
-2.6 Orlando
It won't happen often, but be very afraid of the Magic when they are favored. They pull a "disappearing act," going just 1-14 ATS in that role.
27 20 down 7 4-7
-2.5 Cleveland
This could be the season's biggest disappointment and they are the biggest drop this week. The Cavs have covered just twice since the season opener.
28 29 up 1 5-7
-1.8 Philadelphia
Since opening the year a shocking 3-0, the Sixers have only been able to match that win total over the last 12 games.
29 28 down 1 2-7
-1.5 Milwaukee
I figured that the Bucks would be bad, but this awful? Nine straight losses and the last two have come by a combined 43 points - including a 24-point home loss to Charlotte!
30 30 same 1-11
-1 Utah
Though they beat the Bulls on Monday, there's no denying that this is the worst team in the league right now.
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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.