NBA Power Rankings: Week 19

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

The Bucks remain at the top spot again this week with the Lakers, Celtics, Raptors, and Rockets rounding out the top 5. The Cavs made the biggest jump, up four spots to #26 while the struggling Jazz fell the furthest, down seven spots to #13. Expect things to really get interesting as team begin to gear up for the stretch run.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same Milwaukee 50-8
(34-24-0)
100 Milwaukee
Milwaukee is coming off a 4-0 week to improve to an NBA best 50-8. 6 of the next 8 games are against playoff teams. 8-2 ATS run.
2 2 same L.A. Lakers 44-12
(30-25-1)
97.8 L.A. Lakers
The Lakers have won 6 straight games to increase their lead to 5 games in the Western Conference over Denver. 7-0 ATS with no rest.
3 4 up 1 Boston 41-17
(36-20-2)
96.1 Boston
Boston is 14-3 in its last 17 games and now trails Toronto by just one game for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. 5-0 ATS L5.
4 3 down 1 Toronto 42-16
(33-25-0)
95.5 Toronto
The Raptors are 2-2 since a 15-game winning streak and 6 of their next 8 games are against teams with a losing record. Under 4-0 L4.
5 7 up 2 Houston 38-20
(29-29-0)
95.5 Houston
Houston jumped up 2 spots from last week after a 4-0 week and it is currently on a 5-game winning streak. 7-3 ATS last 10 games.
6 9 up 3 L.A. Clippers 39-19
(31-27-0)
94.8 L.A. Clippers
The Clippers have won 2 straight games following a 3-game winning streak. Next 5 games are against layoff teams. Under 5-1 L6.
7 5 down 2 Denver 40-18
(27-27-4)
94.6 Denver
Denver is 6-2 over its last 8 games and has moved into 2nd place in the West. 8 of the next 11 are against playoff teams. Over 7-2-1 L10.
8 8 same Dallas 36-23
(32-24-3)
94.1 Dallas
The Mavericks have won 4 of their last 5 but are still sitting in 7th place in the West. 3 games this week are on the road. Over 10-3 L13.
9 11 up 2 Oklahoma City 36-22
(38-20-0)
93.7 Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City has won 4 straight and has moved into 5th place in the West. Easiest remaining schedule in the NBA. NBA best 37-20-1 ATS.
10 10 same Philadelphia 36-23
(24-31-4)
92.3 Philadelphia
The Sixers continue to stumble on the road where they have lost 7 straight and are now without Embiid and Simmons. 9-20-1 road ATS.
11 14 up 3 New Orleans 25-33
(30-26-2)
91.9 New Orleans
New Orleans has won 5 of its last 7 games and is 3 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 11-17 home ATS.
12 12 same Indiana 34-24
(31-26-1)
91.7 Indiana
The Pacers have won 3 of 4 after a 6-game losing streak but are still in 6th place in the East. 5 of the next 6 are on the road. Under 4-1 L5.
13 6 down 7 Utah 36-22
(28-29-1)
91.6 Utah
Utah continues to stumble as it has lost 4 straight to fall into a tie for 6th place in the West. 4 of the next 5 are on the road. 3-10 ATS L13.
14 13 down 1 Miami 36-22
(30-26-2)
90.5 Miami
The Heat are 2-7 over their last 9 but 6 of those losses were on the road where they are 13-18 and they are 23-4 at home. Over 5-0 L5.
15 17 up 2 San Antonio 24-33
(24-32-1)
90.2 San Antonio
San Antonio has lost 10 of its last 14 games and it is now 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 2-6 ATS L8.
16 19 up 3 Sacramento 24-33
(29-27-1)
90.1 Sacramento
The Kings are coming off a 3-0 week and they have won 6 of their last 8. They are 3.5 games out of the final spot in the West. 6-2 ATS L8.
17 15 down 2 Brooklyn 26-31
(27-30-0)
89.9 Brooklyn
Brooklyn is 1-3 since the break and is without Kyrie Irving for the rest of the season. 7 of the next 10 games are on the road. Under 7-3 L10.
18 21 up 3 Orlando 26-32
(25-31-2)
89.4 Orlando
Orlando has won 4 of its last 5 and is a half-game out of 7th place in the East. 9 of the next 12 are against non-playoff teams. Over 5-0 L5.
19 16 down 3 Portland 26-33
(23-34-2)
89.4 Portland
The Blazers have lost 4 of their last 5, failing to cover any of those. Next 3 on the road but then 7 of the next 8 are at home. Over 14-4 L18.
20 20 same Phoenix 24-35
(27-31-1)
89.1 Phoenix
Phoenix has lost 8 of its last 12 games to fall 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the West. Next 5 games are at home. Under 1-5 L6.
21 18 down 3 Memphis 28-30
(30-27-1)
87.7 Memphis
The Grizzlies have lost 4 straight but still maintain the 8th spot in the West. 6 of the next 8 are against losing teams. 12-4 ATS as favorites.
22 23 up 1 Minnesota 17-40
(20-35-2)
86.4 Minnesota
Minnesota has lost 18 of its last 20 and is 1-21 this season against top 10 teams. 7 of the next 8 are against playoff contenders. Over 7-1 L8.
23 22 down 1 Washington 21-36
(29-27-1)
86.2 Washington
Washington remains 4.5 games out of the final spot in the Eastern Conference. Next 4 games are on the road out west. Over 10-5 L15.
24 24 same Chicago 20-39
(26-32-1)
86.2 Chicago
The Bulls have lost 9 of their last 10 games to fall out of any chance of a playoff spot. 3-17 this season following a win. Over 10-2 L12.
25 26 up 1 Detroit 19-41
(22-37-1)
85.6 Detroit
Detroit has lost 7 straight games, tied for the longest current losing streak in the NBA. Detroit is 3-16 following a win. 2-7-1 ATS with no rest.
26 30 up 4 Cleveland 17-41
(26-31-1)
85.1 Cleveland
The Cavaliers have won 2 straight games and 4 of its last 5 to move out of the basement in the Eastern Conference. 0-6 ATS as a home favorite.
27 29 up 2 Atlanta 17-43
(27-32-1)
84.6 Atlanta
Atlanta is coming off a 2-2 week to move up a couple spots in the rankings. 6 of the Hawks next 8 games are at home. 2-8 ATS with no rest.
28 28 same Charlotte 20-38
(28-30-0)
84.3 Charlotte
The Hornets are 4-2 iin their last 6 games including 3 road wins. 4 of the next 5 games are against playoff teams with 3 at home. Under 5-1 L6.
29 27 down 2 New York 17-41
(30-27-1)
83.9 New York
New York has lost 5 straight following a 4-game winning streak. 5 of the next 6 are at home with the road game against the Sixers. 1-3-1 ATS L5.
30 25 down 5 Golden State 12-46
(27-31-0)
83.9 Golden State
The Warriors have lost 7 straight games and possess the worst record by 5.5 games with Steph Curry planning to return on Sunday. Under 4-1 L5.

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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