NBA Power Rankings: Week 24

By Mike Lundin - Covers Expert

The regular season has come to a close, and as expected, the Warriors man the top spot to close out the year. The OKC Thunder made the biggest jump this week, up five spots to #10, while the Clippers fell five spots to lead the way in the other direction, down to #11. With the match-ups set, time to sit back and enjoy the playoffs!

NBA Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 57-25
-10.1 Golden State
Golden State finished the regular season with just the 3rd best record in the NBA. Still, there is of course a reason why the Dubs enter the playoffs a huge 1/2 favorite to three-peat, and with rumors of several key players leaving after this season, they’re likely to want to leave as champions.
2 2 same 60-22
-9.6 Milwaukee
The Bucks 60-22 SU and 47-31-4 ATS records are indeed impressive (particularly as they went 1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS over the last three games), but not enough to dethrone the Dubs. The Bucks are 5/1 to win the trophy as of the writing of this power ranking.
3 3 same 53-29
-9.3 Houston
James Harden crushed the opposition with his 36.1 ppg average and is in a two-man race with Bucks’ big-man Giannis Antetokounmpo for the MVP. Can Harden alone take down Golden State though? Houston is 12/1 to lift the trophy.
4 4 same 58-24
-8.7 Toronto
The Raptors spent the last few weeks of the season building momentum by beating up on lesser teams. A 7-1 run to close out the regular season earned them the 2nd best record in the league and home-court advantage if making the finals. Toronto is 12/1 to win it all.
5 5 same 54-28
-8.4 Denver
While closing out the season relatively poorly to end up three games short of Golden State for the No. 1 seed in the West, Denver must still be very pleased with its regular season performance. The Nuggets are 25/1 to be crowned champions.
6 7 up 1 53-29
-7.9 Portland
Portland clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference with a 136-131 come-from-behind victory over Sacramento Wednesday night. Will enter the postseason banged up and 100/1 to win the title.
7 9 up 2 51-31
-7.1 Philadelphia
The Sixers are the No. 3 seed in the East, and if they can stay healthy a conference title is not off the table. Philly backers would win 16/1 if it claims the title.
8 11 up 3 49-33
-6.4 Boston
The Celtics closed out the season on a 6-2 run to clinch the No. 4 seed in the East and home-court advantage for at least the first round. They’re banged up but hope to be back to health come for the start of the playoffs. Boston is 12/1 to win it all.
9 8 down 1 50-32
-5.7 Utah
The Jazz took an OT loss to the Clippers Wednesday night, but it didn’t matter much with the No. 5 seed locked in already. 40/1 to win the championship.
10 15 up 5 49-33
-5.4 Oklahoma City
The Thunder found their groove at the right time and finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak. They put a 127-116 beating on Milwaukee on Wednesday and are 40/1 to lift the trophy.
11 6 down 5 48-34
-5.2 L.A. Clippers
Wednesday’s win over Utah didn’t save the Clippers from the No. 8 seed in the West, and they’ll now have to face Golden State in the opening round of the playoffs. 250/1 to win it all, but the odds will drop dramatically if they get past the Dubs.
12 12 same 48-34
-4.7 Indiana
The Pacers are set to start the playoffs in Boston, a faith that was pretty much sealed by a couple of losses to the Celtics down the stretch. 150/1 to lift the trophy.
13 10 down 3 48-34
-4.1 San Antonio
The Spurs closed out the regular season with three straight wins, over Washington, Cleveland and Dallas. They did however take a 113-85 beating at Pepsi Center the last time they faced an elite team. First post-season opponent? Denver … 100/1 to win the championship.
14 13 down 1 42-40
-2.2 Orlando
An 11-2 surge to end the season didn’t just earn the Magic a playoff spot, but they even avoided the No. 8 seed. Now of course, beating the No. 2 seed Toronto won’t be easy either, and that’s why Orlando is 150/1 to win the trophy.
15 14 down 1 41-41
-0.5 Detroit
The Pistons are slumping at the worst of times but will hope that back-to-back wins to close out the season will give them much needed momentum. Will take on Milwaukee in the first round of the NBA playoffs are and are 250/1 to win the championship.
16 17 up 1 42-40
1.4 Brooklyn
Brooklyn is the No. 6 seed in the conference which will earn it a first-round matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. Brooklyn had a rather disappointing second half of the season but closed it out with consecutive wins over Milwaukee, Indiana and Miami. 150/1 to win the championship.
17 16 down 1 39-43
1.9 Miami
The Heat ended up on the wrong side of the playoff bubble, and they have no one to blame but themselves. Just one win through their last six games.
18 18 same 39-43
2.3 Charlotte
Unlike Miami, the Hornets closed out the season on a strong run but it wasn’t to be. A season-ending loss to Orlando didn’t mean much as they were already all but eliminated half-way through that game.
19 20 up 1 39-43
3.4 Sacramento
The Kings missed the playoffs for a 13th consecutive year but can still hold their heads high. Plenty of offensive talent on this team, and they might end the post-season drought next season.
20 19 down 1 29-53
3.6 Atlanta
You got to give it to the Hawks; they didn’t enter tank mode until the last three games. Solid 7-3 ATS through their last 10 games.
21 21 same 37-45
3.7 L.A. Lakers
LeBron James failed to help the Lakers end a five-year playoff drought and had his own 13-year playoff streak snapped in the process. Can the King attract some additional talent to LA this off-season?
22 25 up 3 36-46
4.3 Minnesota
There’s no doubt that the Wolves can put points on the board (they’re the the highest-ranked offensive team that's not going to the playoffs), but where’s the D?
23 22 down 1 32-50
4.7 Washington
The Wizards are suffering from very much the same issues as Minnesota. Closed out the season on a four-game slide, including a loss to the lowly NY Knicks.
24 24 same 33-49
5.2 Dallas
No more Dirk Nowitzki, but it’s not all darkness with Kia Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic ready to fill his shoes.
25 23 down 2 33-49
5.6 Memphis
The Grizzlies traded away several key players at the deadline but somehow managed to stay competitive. Closed out the season with a win over Golden State’s reserves which might be an all-season highlight for the team.
26 26 same 33-49
6.2 New Orleans
The Pels played like a true bottom-feeder down the stretch, not surprising considering the locker room dynamic. Anthony Davis is probably not the only player desperate to leave this sinking ship.
27 27 same 19-63
8.3 Phoenix
A few glimpses of hope here and there throughout the season, but the Suns are what they are … Would be interesting what would happen if they can pair up Devin Booker (and the rest of the young squad) with an experienced superstar.
28 28 same 22-60
8.7 Chicago
Much like the Suns, there’s plenty of talent in Chicago but no leaders. Injuries certainly didn’t help this catastrophe of a season.
29 29 same 19-63
9.3 Cleveland
The Cavs closed out the season on a 10-game losing streak, which sums up their season perfectly. It was never going to be easy without LeBron, but this …?
30 30 same 17-65
9.6 New York
The Knickerbockers split their last six games, and the future might be bright with talk of some true top-flight talent joining the team. This off-season might be the most interesting in a long, long time for Knicks fans.

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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