NBA Power Rankings: Week 23

By Power Sports - Covers Expert

The top 10 remained basically unchanged, but #10 - #20 saw quite a shake up this week. With both Conferences only separated by a few games, expect week 23 to help shape the playoff picture. Phoenix is still really bad.

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 53-18
-12.6 Golden State
Second straight week the Dubs' actual power rating decreases. They are just decimated right now with Curry, Durant and Thompson out. If Houston can't overtake them soon, then when?
2 2 same 57-14
-12 Houston
The Rockets have passed the Dubs as the most efficient offense in the league, just ended Portland's 13-game win streak and are 23-1 SU their last 24 games (only loss by three at Toronto)
3 3 same 53-18
-11.4 Toronto
Including that win over Houston, the Raptors have won 19 of their last 21 games. But if they lose at Cleveland Wednesday night, no one will take them seriously.
4 4 same 48-23
-7 Boston
Another banged up team. Lucky to beat OKC Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving will not accompany the team on its upcoming four-game trip, which starts in Portland Thursday
5 5 same 40-31
-6.6 Utah
What happened Tuesday night vs. Atlanta? The Jazz lost outright as 13-pt favorites, snapping a perfect start to March. They allowed 36 points in the fourth quarter!
6 6 same 41-30
-6.4 San Antonio
All of a sudden, four straight wins and covers (all at home) have things trending upwards here. They did draw Minnesota without Butler and Golden State (without everyone) though.
7 7 same 39-30
-6.3 Philadelphia
Beware of Thursday's spot at Orlando as the Sixers are coming off a home game vs. Memphis the night before. On the road, off a home game and without rest, the Sixers are 0-4 SU and ATS this season (-17.0 PPG).
8 8 same 43-30
-5.9 Oklahoma City
Tuesday's one-point loss in Boston snapped a six-game win streak that strangely coincided with the arrival of Corey Brewer.
9 9 same 41-31
-5.5 Minnesota
The T'wolves won their 41st game of the season Tuesday night, thereby guaranteeing their first non-losing season since Kevin Garnett left town.
10 11 up 1 44-27
-5.2 Portland
These rankings still have a more modest view of Portland. I wouldn't be surprised to see them drop a few places in the Western Conference standings.
11 10 down 1 41-30
-4.7 Indiana
Seven of the Pacers' final 11 games come on the road and they will play six playoff probables.
12 13 up 1 40-30
-4.4 Washington
Washington hasn't played since Saturday when they beat Indiana. That was a rare cover as a home favorite too (now only 8-19-1 ATS in that role)
13 14 up 1 41-30
-4.2 New Orleans
Second leading scorer Jrue Holliday missed Tuesday's game vs. Dallas, but it didn't matter because leading scorer Anthony Davis is on another level right now.
14 15 up 1 37-33
-3.9 Milwaukee
The Buck stops here. Milwaukee is just 2-10 ATS its last 12 games.
15 12 down 3 37-33
-3.8 L.A. Clippers
They weren't "supposed" to make the playoffs anyway, but now it's looking really unlikely after four straight losses (all to teams in the top eight in the Western Conference)
16 16 same 41-29
-3.6 Cleveland
Kevin Love returned Monday (and the team beat Milwaukee 124-117), but four other key contributors are hurt and HC Ty Lue is out as well.
17 17 same 38-33
-3.3 Denver
There was no box score (literally!) as the stat system broke for Tuesday's game at Miami. But the Nuggets lost and it was a crushing one at that.
18 18 same 38-33
-3 Miami
Speaking of the Heat, their last two wins have come by one point and in double overtime.
19 21 up 2 32-39
-2 Detroit
The Pistons are 3-7 SU in March and those three victories have come against Chicago, Phoenix and Sacramento (the bottom three teams in these rankings).
20 19 down 1 30-41
-1.8 Charlotte
Despite a +22 edge in free throw attempts at Philadelphia Monday night, the Hornets still lost by double digits and Dwight Howard still ripped the officiating. That's sad.
21 20 down 1 31-39
-1.5 L.A. Lakers
Some "give back" here. The Lakers have lost three in a row - SU and ATS.
22 22 same 22-49
-0.2 Dallas
Brutal beat for Mavs' bettors Tuesday night. Getting nine points at New Orleans, they never trailed by more than eight until less than two minutes left to go. They lost by 10.
23 23 same 26-45
0.9 New York
For only the second time since Christmas, the Knicks have won back to back games.
24 25 up 1 23-48
1.6 Brooklyn
Believe it or not, the Nets have the league's third best ATS record (40-30-1).
25 24 down 1 21-50
1.8 Orlando
In five of the last eight games, the Magic have failed to score even 90 points.
26 25 down 1 21-50
2.2 Atlanta
That stunning win in Utah Tuesday night snapped a six-game losing streak.
27 27 same 19-51
2.6 Memphis
They finally won (Saturday vs. Denver), but then quickly resumed their losing ways with a three-point loss in Brooklyn Monday.
28 28 same 24-46
3.8 Chicago
Without rest, the Bulls are being outscored by over 12 PPG. That situation will present itself Saturday night in Detroit.
29 29 same 23-49
5.5 Sacramento
An 8-2 ATS start to March was halted at home by Detroit. But they certainly appear to be clear of Phoenix and the bottom spot.
30 30 same 19-53
7 Phoenix
We're looking at an all-time bad team here. The Suns have just one win the last 20 games (beat Memphis) and they're being outscored by almost 10 PPG - for the year.

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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