NBA Power Rankings: Week 19By Power Sports - Covers Expert
The top three teams in our weekly NBA Power Rankings remain in tact, as the Warriors, Rockets, and Raptors continue to elevate above the rest of the field. The red-hot Jazz enter the second half of the season on an 11-game win streak and hold a top-10 spot in the rankings. Meanwhile, the new look Cavs try to re-establish themselves in the Eastern Conference and get back into familiar territory come playoff time.
NBA Power Rankings
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Golden State The Warriors finished the first half in the bottom five ATS. That can happen when the average line for your games is almost -10.0.
Houston has the best win percentage in the league coming out of the All-Star Break and has won 10 in a row. But they would still be an underdog in a series with the Warriors.
The Raptors are the hottest team in the East (won 7 straight) and 1st in virtually in all key metrics. But, to the public, they remain number three in the pecking order. Not overall, but in the East!
The gap between #3 and #4 is the largest between any two spots in these rankings. Interestingly, the Celtics did have the best ATS record in the league in the 1st half (33-23-3).
The Spurs are the only team besides the Celtics that is allowing fewer than 100 PPG. In fact, they allow one point per game fewer than Boston.
The Thunder are 5th right now in the West, but I won't be surprised if they finish 3rd or 4th. Third worst ATS record in the league right now.
I was skeptical if the T'wolves could match their lofty preseason expectations. They will, although they entered the break on a five-game ATS losing skid.
Speaking of meeting and exceeding preseason expectations, how about the Sixers? Their five-game win streak is currently second longest in the East.
This is a surprise team in the East, so it's not surprising they are 6th in the ATS standings. They're also on a three-game win streak.
Here is the team that was hottest going into the Break. The Jazz have won 11 in a row, yet are only 10th in the Western Conference standings.
John Wall is reportedly off crutches. Do note that in a win over the Knicks right before the Break, the Wiz trailed by as many as 27 points.
We've talked about the defensive improvement since the Jason Kidd firing. But in their last game, the Bucks gave up 134 points to Denver
The Clippers are actually third in the league against the spread (behind only Boston & Brooklyn). They've clearly been underrated in the face of some injuries and key departures (Griffin).
Anthony Davis said the Pelicans would be a "Finals team" if not for the Boogie Cousins injury. That's wrong, but they'd definitely be a tough out in the playoffs.
On three or more days rest, the Blazers are 4-0 ATS this year, winning by an average of 13.3 points per game! Bet them Friday?
The Nuggets are sixth in the actual standings, but my rankings call them the 10th best team in the West. I'm sure they don't care, but it's worth noting
This is the team to watch right now. They will almost certainly begin to climb the rankings and have not lost since shaking up the roster. Worst ATS record in the league though (by a mile).
Blake Griffin is being charged with getting this team to the playoffs. But how about a turnaround at the betting window? The Pistons are 2-12 ATS L14 games
Only Cleveland has been a worse bet this season. The Hornets' ATS record is 21-32-4 ATS. They should have a much better won-loss record.
The Heat have been outscored by almost a full point per game. The Hawks made the playoffs last year with a similar point differential
Here's our second biggest gap between places in the rankings.This is where the teams that clearly aren't making the playoffs begin.
There are six teams tied with a league-low 18 wins. The Mavs can take solace that these rankings say they're the best of the six!
Three teams entered the Break on win streaks of seven or more games. There are also four on losing streaks of seven or more games. Guess which group the Knicks are in?
It doesn't happen often, but the Magic are a lousy 1-7 ATS as home favorites.
The Hawks have gone 15-5-1 ATS against Western Conference teams. But unfortunately for them, they play in the East where they are 8-30 SU.
"Dumpster fire" is how I saw this team referred to, recently on Twitter. That's apropos considering a seven-game losing streak.
Eight straight losses make the Nets the coldest team in the league right now. But as I mentioned earlier, they have the league's 2nd best ATS record.
Against the Western Conference, the Bulls are 3-20 and being outscored by more than 11 points per game.
Following a SU win, the Kings are 3-15 SU, getting outscored by 11.2 points per game.
It's a tie! The Suns have matched the Kings in actual rating, thanks to a seven-game losing streak of their own.
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.