NBA Power Rankings: Week 14

By Mike Lundin - Covers Expert

The Golden State Warriors hold on to the top spot this week after welcoming back Boogie Cousins. The biggest jump up the rankings was from the Boston Celtics who rose 7 spots to #4. The biggest fall down the list was shared by the Rockets, Spurs and Kings sliding down four spots each. With the season pushing further into the new year, 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 33-14
-10.1 Golden State
Golden State is back its best again, coming off eight straight wins and scoring 119 points or more in all but one of those games. What else should we expect though with five All Stars in the starting lineup.
2 3 up 1 34-12
-9.6 Milwaukee
The Bucks have two fewer wins than the Raptors but a better winning percentage making them the true beast of the east.
3 2 down 1 36-13
-9.5 Toronto
The Raptors own the most wins in the NBA this season and have won eight of their last nine. They’ve even felt comfortable enough to allow Kawhi Leonard to sit out the odd game lately.
4 11 up 7 29-18
-8.7 Boston
Boston has as expected bounced back from an 0-3 road trip by winning four straight (three at home), including a solid 117-108 win over Toronto.
5 5 same 31-15
-8.4 Indiana
The Pacers are 11-3 since Dec 21, the three losses at Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia. Opened the year 0-4 ATS but have covered in four of five since.
6 4 down 2 31-14
-8.1 Denver
Denver has won five of its last seven, losing to Golden State at home and at … Phoenix? Say woot?
7 12 up 5 31-17
-7.5 Philadelphia
Philly has won four of its last five but can’t be too happy about the setback, a 117-115 home loss to OKC. Bounced back to beat Houston by 28 points right away though.
8 8 same 29-18
-7.3 Oklahoma City
The Thunder have answered back-to-back losses to the LeBron-less Lakers and Atlanta by winning three straight, beating both Philly and Portland.
9 9 same 29-20
-6.8 Portland
Portland had won three straight including a win at Utah before losing by nine at OKC. The Blazers may not look all that spectacular at first glance but they get the job and have covered the spread in six of their last eight.
10 6 down 4 26-20
-6.3 Houston
The Rockets have now traded wins and losses through their last 10 games and might find it tough to go on a run with a road heavy schedule coming up.
11 7 down 4 27-21
-6.2 San Antonio
Tied with Houston at the top of the and it’s not easy to separate the two teams in the power rankings, but Spurs have dropped four of their last seven giving the Rockets a small edge.
12 10 down 2 26-22
-5.6 Utah
The Jazz fell against Portland at home last time out but get a chance to beat another solid team from the West on Wednesday as the Nuggets are coming to town.
13 17 up 4 25-23
-4.2 Brooklyn
The Nets are definitely in the playoff picture, currently four games clear of ninth-placed Pistons in the Eastern Conference standings after winning eight of their last 10 games.
14 13 down 1 22-25
-2.1 New Orleans
Off a 2-3 road trip which must be considered decent considering the losses came at Minnesota, Golden State and Portland.
15 14 down 1 25-22
-1.1 L.A. Clippers
Only one win through their last eight games and all of a sudden it seems like ages ago the Clippers were top of the division.
16 22 up 6 20-26
0.5 Washington
The Wizards have won four of five and are making a serious push for the Southeast Division title. They’ve also covered the spread in eight of their last 10 contests.
17 18 up 1 23-24
1.4 Minnesota
Minnesota has won six of its last nine, and although it has mostly been beating up on inferior teams during that stretch there are upset wins over New Orleans and OKC mixed in as well.
18 20 up 2 22-24
2.1 Charlotte
Charlotte had won three in a row before coming out flat in a 25 point loss at Indiana in the second contest of a back-to-back spot on Sunday.
19 15 down 4 22-23
2.9 Miami
Miami has won only one of its last four games, but it played all those contests away from home.
20 16 down 4 24-24
3.6 Sacramento
The Kings are 1-3 through the first four matchups of a 6-game road trip where they won the only game they closed as a favorite (at Detroit). Visits at Memphis and LA Clippers on deck before a 5-game homestand.
21 19 down 2 25-23
4.4 L.A. Lakers
The Lakers had won back-to-back games before falling to Houston in OT and taking a 19-point beating by the Warriors. Still no shame in those results considering their injury situation.
22 26 up 4 20-26
4.8 Detroit
Detroit has split its last six games and is somehow still in the playoff picture in a weak Eastern Conference.
23 21 down 2 20-27
5.5 Orlando
The Magic had lost three straight before ending the skid with a blowout win. Don’t too excited though as it was against the Atlanta Hawks.
24 23 down 1 21-26
5.8 Dallas
The Mavs have won just two of their last six but are 4-2 ATS during that stretch.
25 25 same 19-28
6.4 Memphis
Only one win through their last 13 games and lost to New Orleans by 20 on MLK Day and by 29 to the Raptors a couple of days earlier.
26 24 down 2 14-32
6.7 Atlanta
The Hawks are coming off a 1-3 homestand where they defeated OKC as a 9.5-point underdog. Nightmarish seven-game road trip on deck.
27 27 same 11-38
7.5 Phoenix
The Suns are dead last in the Western Conference but would have three teams behind them in the standings if they were in the East.
28 29 up 1 11-36
8.3 Chicago
The Bulls are coming off a 16-point rout of Cleveland, a win that ended a 10-game losing streak.
29 28 down 1 10-35
9.4 New York
An absolutely awful 2-19 in their last 21 games and the only reason they’re not last in the power ranking is because Cleveland miraculously has been even worse. The Knickerbockers have at least covered the spread in five of their last eight.
30 30 same 9-39
10.2 Cleveland
The Cavs are not only losing SU, they’re also an awful bet ATS covering the spread in only two of their last 11 games.

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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