NBA Power Rankings: Week 8

By Mike Lundin - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors claim the top spot this week ahead of their match-up with the fellow conference leading Toronto Raptors. A host of teams made moderate moves up the rankings this week highlighted by the 76ers moving in to the top 5 and the surging Mavs, lead by Rookie of the Year favorite Luka Doncic, up to #12. With the season approaching the 1/3 mark, 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 3 up 2 19-9
(13-15-0)
-10.4 Golden State
The Warriors are back in business and as a result back atop of the power rankings. They’ve won four straight games and both Steph Curry and Draymond Green are back from injury.
2 1 down 1 22-7
(14-15-0)
-9.3 Toronto
Toronto is still the beast of the east despite losing three of its last five. Tough week ahead with three games to go on its four-game trip out west.
3 5 up 2 18-8
(14-11-1)
-8.6 Milwaukee
Milwaukee is the highest scoring team in the NBA with 118.9 ppg, but it is its defense which has dominated lately holding three of its last four opponents to fewer than 100 points. The lone exception? Golden State.
4 7 up 3 19-9
(13-15-0)
-7.9 Philadelphia
Arguably the hottest team in the NBA with 10 wins through its last 12 games. Philly owns a standout 14-1 home record and has also started to pick up wins on the road.
5 6 up 1 17-8
(15-10-0)
-7.2 Oklahoma City
The Thunder have won 17 of 21 since their 0-4 start. They rank top 5 in NBA in scoring defense and their 15-10 ATS record is among the best in the league.
6 9 up 3 16-10
(13-13-0)
-7.1 Boston
The Celtics have won six straight games, all but one of those by double-digits. Can usually rely of a defense which ranks 2nd in the league in scoring defense but has been scoring a sensational amount of points lately.
7 8 up 1 17-10
(11-15-1)
-6.6 L.A. Lakers
The Lakers have stepped it up defensively during a 6-1 stretch. Have made under bettors happy all season long with a 9-17-1 over/under record.
8 4 down 4 17-10
(15-12-0)
-6.4 L.A. Clippers
Tied with the Lakers with a 17-10 record after dropping three of their last four. The lone win during that stretch came in overtime … against Phoenix.
9 2 down 7 18-9
(16-11-0)
-6.1 Denver
A brutal stretch with nine of 11 games on the road is finally over. They opened a four-game homestand with a win over Memphis to improve to 10-3 at home on the season.
10 13 up 3 17-10
(14-13-0)
-4.7 Indiana
Indiana’s top rated defense had held three straight opponents to under 100 points before allowing the Wizards to score 101 on Monday. Should have Victor Oladipo back soon after a more than three-week absence because of a knee injury.
11 11 same 15-11
(15-11-0)
-4.2 Memphis
Off back-to-back losses but still top of the division and will be looking to make the most of a three-game homestand.
12 15 up 3 14-11
(17-8-0)
-3.6 Dallas
The Mavs are a league-best 17-8 ATS and they’ve won 11 of their last 14 straight up. Still only two wins on the road all season, but still; when’s the last time Dallas was considered the best basketball team in Texas?
13 14 up 1 15-12
(13-14-0)
-3.1 Portland
Portland is sliding down the power ranking and the standings, currently just barely hanging on to a playoff spot in the West.
14 10 down 4 13-12
(12-13-0)
-2.2 Detroit
Possibly the streakiest team in the league. Won five straight Nov 23 – Dec 1 only to follow it up with five straight defeats.
15 18 up 3 13-14
(15-12-0)
-0.6 Minnesota
The Wolves are coming off back-to-back losses but are somewhat excused considering the opposition (@POR, @GS). Had won six of seven prior to the mini-slide.
16 17 up 1 14-15
(13-16-0)
0.7 New Orleans
The Pels have traded wins and losses through their last eight games. The 2nd highest scoring team in the league but six of their last eight have gone under the total.
17 12 down 5 12-14
(10-16-0)
1.9 Houston
This team looks nothing like the Rockets of last season. Their 6-5 home record is particularly disappointing.
18 16 down 2 13-13
(16-10-0)
2.7 Charlotte
Charlotte has taken over the top spot in arguably the weakest division in the NBA. Break even at 13-13 SU but a solid 16-10 ATS. An upcoming five-game homestand could see the Hornets go on a run.
19 20 up 1 14-12
(16-10-0)
3.3 Sacramento
Sacramento will return home from a solid 3-1 road trip, the lone loss while playing on no rest at Utah. The sixth highest scoring team in the league but rank 26th for points allowed.
20 19 down 1 14-14
(14-13-1)
3.8 San Antonio
Spurs have opened a six-game homestand with three triumphs to improve to 10-4 at home. Need to do better on the road (4-10) if they want to make the playoffs.
21 23 up 2 13-15
(13-15-0)
4.2 Utah
The Jazz looked like they had figured things out since trading for Kyle Korver, but they are coming off back-to-back losses at San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
22 22 same 11-16
(11-16-0)
5.7 Washington
The Wizards opened a four-game road trip with a pair of triumphs to double their total tally for the season. They lost the last two and have a tough schedule coming up with five of seven on the road.
23 24 up 1 11-15
(13-13-0)
6.4 Miami
The Heat are coming off three straight wins on the road. Will play another three away from home before a stretch with five of six at home. They’re only 5-9 home at American Airlines Arena compared to 6-6 on the road though.
24 21 down 3 12-15
(15-12-0)
6.8 Orlando
Orlando has lost its Magic touch with only three wins through its last 10 games.
25 26 up 1 10-18
(13-15-0)
6.9 Brooklyn
Brooklyn has answered an eight-game losing streak with a pair of triumphs, including a thrilling OT win over Toronto.
26 25 down 1 8-20
(13-14-1)
7.4 New York
The Knicks have lost six of their last seven to fall into the cellar of the division. They’ve failed to cover the spread in five of their last six and rank 27th in scoring defense.
27 29 up 2 6-21
(13-14-0)
7.7 Cleveland
The Cavs have won two of their last five to improve to six wins on the season. They have a three-game homestand on deck starting with a winnable game against the Knicks.
28 27 down 1 6-20
(10-16-0)
7.9 Atlanta
Atlanta owns the worst scoring defense in the league but managed to contain high-scoring Denver in a 106-98 triumph last time out. One of three teams with a negative double-digit average point differential, the other two of course being Chicago and Phoenix.
29 28 down 1 6-22
(13-15-0)
8.4 Chicago
The Bulls are the lowest scoring team in the NBA and over/under is 9-18-1 in games involving the Bulls. Things seem to have gone from bad to worse since replacing head coach Fred Hoiberg with Jim Boylen.
30 30 same 4-24
(9-19-0)
9.2 Phoenix
The Suns’ current losing streak has now reached 10 games. Their matchup with the Knicks at New York this upcoming Monday is probably their best chance of snapping it before Christmas.

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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