NBA Power Rankings: Week 17

By Mike Lundin - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors continue to roll and have once again claimed the top spot. The Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic made the biggest move this week, jumping up three spots. The Boston Celtics suffered the biggest drop, down Three spots. With the trade deadline over, expect things to continue to shake-up week-to-week!

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 41-15
(24-31-1)
-10.4 Golden State
Golden State may not own the best record in the league but it is clearly still in a class of its own with a 16-1 record through its last seven games. 1-5 ATS through its last six games but all Ws count.
2 2 same 42-14
(33-20-3)
-10.1 Milwaukee
The Bucks have been almost as electric as the Dubs in recent weeks but lost focus and came out flat in a 103-83 home loss to Orlando on Saturday.
3 4 up 1 42-16
(26-32-0)
-9 Toronto
The Raptors own the third best record in the NBA and will be extremely dangerous since adding Marc Gasol and Jeremy Lin to the mix.
4 6 up 2 37-19
(33-23-0)
-8.6 Oklahoma City
OKC probably wouldn’t mind to skip the All Star break as it is playing its best basketball of the season right now with an 11-1 SU (10-2 ATS) record through its last 12 games. The run includes wins against both Milwaukee and Houston.
5 7 up 2 36-21
(27-30-0)
-8.2 Philadelphia
The Sixers made a couple of smart moves around the trade deadline and can very well compete for the East title.
6 3 down 3 36-21
(29-28-0)
-8 Boston
The Celtics may have won at Philadelphia Tuesday night, but are struggling with inconsistency and had lost back-to-back home games to the two L.A. teams prior to that.
7 5 down 2 38-18
(30-26-0)
-7.7 Denver
Denver closed out a four-game road trip with three straight losses before returning home to Pepsi Center and take care of business against Miami. Have struggled on the defensive end of late and will most likely welcome the All Star break to get a chance to regroup.
8 8 same 38-19
(30-27-0)
-7.3 Indiana
Victor Oladiwho? Indiana has come together as a team and reeled off six straight victories to improve to 13-8 without Oladipo in the lineup this season.
9 11 up 2 33-23
(26-29-1)
-6.4 Houston
James Harden keeps carrying the Rockets on his back, but Houston has been a terrible bet against the spread lately (4-9 ATS L13).
10 12 up 2 32-25
(29-26-2)
-4.3 Utah
Utah has won 14 of its last 19 games and stood tall in Tuesday’s loss to the Warriors. The Jazz have covered the spread I three straight games.
11 9 down 2 33-23
(30-26-0)
-4.3 Portland
Portland has lost three of its last four games, although the schedule certainly could’ve been easier. The Blazers will get a chance to battle the reigning champs Wednesday night in their last game before the A.S. break.
12 10 down 2 33-26
(31-27-1)
-3.6 San Antonio
The All Star break could not come at a better time for the Spurs who had lost four straight before finally picking up a win against Memphis Tuesday night. They still failed to cover the spread for an eighth straight game!
13 14 up 1 30-26
(33-23-0)
-2.1 Sacramento
The Kings have won five of their last six and covered the spread in all wins.
14 13 down 1 31-27
(31-27-0)
-1.3 L.A. Clippers
The Clippers are coming off a 3-3 road trip which included an 11-point win at Boston.
15 15 same 27-29
(28-28-0)
0.4 Charlotte
Just when it looked like the Hornets have figured things out they go ahead and lose three of four, failing to cover the spread in the losses.
16 17 up 1 29-29
(32-26-0)
2.1 Brooklyn
Brooklyn has lost five of its last six, but went 3-3 against the spread. Will get a chance to enter the break off a win with a matchup at Cleveland Wednesday night.
17 20 up 3 26-29
(26-27-2)
3.5 Detroit
Detroit has won five of its last six and is riding a four-game winning streak SU and ATS. Holding on to the last playoff spot in the East.
18 16 down 2 25-30
(28-27-0)
3.7 Miami
Miami has won just one of its last seven games but has played a gruesome schedule lately, with road games at Portland, Sacramento, Golden State and Denver and it will play at Dallas Wednesday night.
19 19 same 26-30
(34-21-1)
3.8 Dallas
The Mavs are 4-3 through their last seven games with setbacks at Detroit and Houston and a home loss to Milwaukee. No shame in that at all.
20 18 down 2 28-29
(24-31-2)
4.5 L.A. Lakers
The Lakers have not played much better with LeBron back on the floor. They’ve lost four of their last five and took a 117-113 loss at Atlanta to close out a six-game losing streak Tuesday night.
21 24 up 3 26-32
(31-26-1)
4.7 Orlando
Orlando has been working its magic lately winning six of its last seven, although it has played a relatively easy schedule and won only twice as underdogs during that stretch.
22 21 down 1 24-33
(25-32-0)
5.2 Washington
Washington traveled to Detroit on a two-game winning streak (wins over Cavs and Bulls) but came up short in a nine-point loss Monday.
23 22 down 1 26-30
(28-28-0)
5.5 Minnesota
Still dead last in the division, but only four games out of a playoff spot. Its 26-30 record would be 2nd best in the Southeast Division.
24 23 down 1 25-33
(27-30-1)
5.8 New Orleans
The Pels get to hold on to Anthony Davis for at least a little while longer, but Davis was booed by his own home crowd in Friday’s loss to Memphis and scored just three points in 24 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to New Orleans.
25 26 up 1 23-35
(26-32-0)
6.1 Memphis
The Grizzlies had won three of four before taking heartbreaking one-point loss to San Antonio on Tuesday. They’ve been money against the spread lately, covering in six of their last eight.
26 25 down 1 19-38
(25-32-0)
6.6 Atlanta
The Hawks are battling and picked up a solid 117-113 win as a 5.5-point underdog against the Lakers Tuesday night. Worth noting that they’ve picked up 10 of their 19 wins on the road.
27 27 same 12-45
(25-31-1)
7 Cleveland
The Cavs have played better of late, winning three of their last seven while going 4-3 ATS during that stretch.
28 28 same 13-44
(24-32-1)
7.3 Chicago
The Bulls recorded a triumph at Brooklyn Friday night but went back to their losing ways fast with back-to-back losses.
29 29 same 11-47
(25-33-0)
8.8 Phoenix
Fourteen straight losses for the Suns, but they’ve at least covered the spread in three of their last six.
30 30 same 10-46
(23-32-1)
10.2 New York
The Knickerbockers have lost 17 straight games after Monday’s setback to the Cavs.

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.

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