NBA Power Rankings: Week 4

By Mike Lundin - Covers Expert

The Toronto Raptors dethroned the champs by taking over the top spot in this weeks rankings. The biggest movers were the Lakers and Grizzlies both up 4 spots this week. The Pacers lead the way in the wrong direction, dropping 8 spots down to 14th. Still plenty of basketball to play, so expect things to continue to shake up!

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 12-2
(8-6-0)
-10.4 Toronto
Raptors -(10.4) – Toronto claims the top spot despite taking its first home loss of the season its last time out. Own the best record in the league
2 1 down 1 12-3
(8-7-0)
-10.1 Golden State
The Warriors had a bad week with losses to Clippers and the Bucks. Struggling with injuries on Steph Curry and Draymond Green.
3 3 same 10-3
(8-4-1)
-8.6 Milwaukee
Highest scoring team in the league and with impressive wins at Denver and Golden State recently.
4 7 up 3 10-3
(10-3-0)
-8.6 Portland
The Blazers are on a roll, off four straight victories and they own the best ATS record in the league at 10-3.
5 5 same 7-6
(4-9-0)
-8.1 Boston
The Celtics are only 7-6 on the season, but they’ve played nine of those 13 on the road. Boston plays four of its next five at home and should improve on its current record.
6 4 down 2 9-5
(7-7-0)
-7.7 Denver
The only team to beat the reigning NBA champions. Had won six straight prior to losing to Houston last time out.
7 9 up 2 9-6
(6-9-0)
-7.1 Philadelphia
Still undefeated home in Philly, and have won two of their last three on the road. Will play seven of their next nine at home.
8 10 up 2 8-5
(8-5-0)
-6.9 L.A. Clippers
The Clippers are playing great basketball at the moment. Won four of their last five with triumphs over Milwaukee and Golden State. Lone loss during that stretch to the red hot Trail Blazers.
9 11 up 2 8-5
(8-5-0)
-6.1 Oklahoma City
The Thunder have still won eight of their last nine games after a 0-4 start despite playing without Russell Westbrook in the last four.
10 14 up 4 7-6
(4-9-0)
-5.2 L.A. Lakers
Lebron has led the Lakers to wins in five of their last six games. Still only 4-9 ATS.
11 8 down 3 7-5
(6-6-0)
-4.1 San Antonio
San Antonio has lost three of its last four. Banged up frontcourt with Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol and Jakob Poeltl all missing time.
12 12 same 6-7
(5-8-0)
-3.7 Houston
Houston has found its groove and is climbing the standings following a 1-5 start. Won five of its last seven and looking to offload Carmelo Anthony.
13 13 same 7-6
(7-6-0)
-3.3 Utah
Utah has answered a four-game losing streak with winning three in a row.
14 6 down 8 8-6
(7-7-0)
-2 Indiana
Indiana was beating up on lower ranked teams but has run into strong opponents lately, dropping three of its last four. Second best defense in the league.
15 15 same 8-6
(9-5-0)
-1.1 Sacramento
Bettors just got to love this Kings team. Showing no respect what so ever and a terrific 9-5 ATS on the season.
16 20 up 4 7-5
(7-5-0)
1.9 Memphis
Memphis owns the best scoring defense in the league and has proven extremely hard to beat at home with a 5-1 record. That includes wins over Philly and Denver.
17 16 down 1 7-7
(9-5-0)
2.1 Charlotte
Kemba Walker is carrying the team with 27.9 ppg and Charlotte has scored an average of 121 ppg while winning three of its last five. Been money against the spread all season with a 9-5 record.
18 17 down 1 7-6
(6-7-0)
3.4 New Orleans
The Pels have averaged 117 ppg during a three-game winning streak, which includes a 126-110 triumph at Toronto as a 9.5-point underdog.
19 18 down 1 6-6
(5-7-0)
3.8 Detroit
Beating teams they should beat, losing to teams they should lose to resulting in a .500 record. Tough four-game stretch coming up with Toronto, Houston x 2 and Cleveland.
20 22 up 2 6-8
(7-7-0)
4.4 Brooklyn
Brooklyn had won three straight prior to back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Golden State. Owns a winning record at home.
21 19 down 2 5-8
(5-8-0)
4.8 Miami
Off three straight defeats, losing the last two as favorites. Only 5-8 ATS on the season.
22 21 down 1 5-9
(6-8-0)
5.2 Minnesota
Dead last in the Northwest Division but came back home from an 0-5 road trip to beat Brooklyn. Will play their next four at home.
23 23 same 6-8
(6-8-0)
5.4 Orlando
Won four of their last six despite closing as favorites only once. Will play the next four as home underdogs.
24 24 same 5-8
(8-5-0)
5.5 Dallas
Been competitive home at American Airlines Center with a 4-2 SU record. Ranked last but only 2.5 games back of Spurs in the tight Southwest Division.
25 25 same 4-9
(4-9-0)
5.2 Washington
It hasn’t been pretty, but the Wizards have managed to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Still a terrible 4-9 ATS on the season.
26 28 up 2 4-10
(8-6-0)
6.1 Chicago
The Bulls have split their last four games and covered the spread in five of their last seven.
27 16 down 11 4-10
(6-7-1)
6.6 New York
Packed with young players not sharing the ball effectively. Closed as favorites in three of their last five games but won only one.
28 27 down 1 3-11
(6-8-0)
7.5 Atlanta
Off five straight defeats. Fell at Golden State Tuesday night and the tough road trip continues with matchups @DEN and @IND.
29 29 same 2-11
(7-6-0)
8.1 Cleveland
Had lost five straight before picking up their second win of the season by beating Charlotte by 24 points Tuesday night. Rookie guard Collin Sexton one of few bright spots.
30 30 same 2-11
(5-8-0)
8.7 Phoenix
Worst point differential in the league and barely averaging 100 points per game.

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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