NBA Power Rankings - All 30 Teams: 1/13/20
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Power Rankings for All NBA Teams
It has been three weeks since our last NBA Power Rankings here on Pick Dawgz. With each team approaching the halfway mark, let’s take a look at how the teams stack up.
1. Milwaukee Bucks 35-6 (Previous Ranking: #1)
The Bucks led by Giannis have continued to prosper in the Eastern Conference, owning the league’s best record. They just won three out of four games on their latest road trip and look to be firing on all cylinders.
2. Los Angeles Lakers 32-7 (Previous Ranking: #2)
The Lakers are back on an eight-game winning streak after a rough four-game losing streak. It isn’t alarming to see Anthony Davis battling minor injuries, but it is concerning to see how often he is on the injury report. This team is almost unbeatable when they are 100% healthy.
3. Los Angeles Clippers 27-13 (Previous Ranking: #3)
The Clippers have been playing well despite some minor bumps in the road -- such as a blowout home loss to the Grizzlies. With Kawhi 100% (which is almost impossible), this team is just as good as the teams above them.
4. Miami Heat 27-12 (Previous Ranking: #5)
The Heat have the potential to be contenders come playoff time and their record certainly demonstrates that. It is just odd to see them have bad losses on their resume, like the ones to the Wizards, Magic, the Irving-less Nets, and the Knicks.
5. Houston Rockets 26-12 (Previous Ranking: #9)
James Harden is averaging 37.7 points per game which is unreal. The Rockets themselves still seem to not be playing to their full potential, even though they are still getting good results on most nights.
6. Utah Jazz 27-12 (Previous Ranking: #12)
The Jazz are on a roll! They have won nine straight games, five of which came on the road. They are 14-1 in their last fifteen games and if they can keep it up, the teams above them in the standings should be worried.
7. Boston Celtics 26-11 (Previous Ranking: #4)
Boston has dropped three of their last four games but snapped their three-game losing streak with a win over the Pelicans 140-105. Jayson Tatum has been playing well recently, and they will need him to keep it up if they want to win the Eastern Conference.
8. Denver Nuggets 27-12 (Previous Ranking #8)
After a seven-game win streak that ended on Christmas Day, the Nuggets have been playing rather status quo basketball. A nice home win over the Clips may ignite some fire out of them.
9. Dallas Mavericks 24-15 (Previous Ranking: #11)
The Mavs just recorded a big home win over the 76ers in their last outing, and Luka Doncic is back, healthy, and playing well. Losses to Denver and LAL do not scare me when it comes to this team and their future.
10. Philadelphia 76ers 25-15 (Previous Ranking: #6)
Ben Simmons trade rumors keep spreading every day and the future of the 76ers is quite murky. They are 2-5 in their last seven games and have struggled as of late.
11. Toronto Raptors 25-14 (Previous Ranking: #7)
With the slew of injuries in Toronto, the Raptors have dropped a few more games than they would like. Siakam and Powell are back and are necessary for success in the 6.
12. Indiana Pacers 24-15 (Previous Ranking: #10)
Losses to the Hawks and Pelicans are not good looks for this Pacers team. They have played either extremely well, or terribly bad this season. The inconsistency worries me, especially in a competitive conference.
13. Oklahoma City Thunder 22-17 (Previous Ranking: #14)
A solid 21 point home victory against the Rockets was combated with a 15 point loss at home vs the Lakers. The Thunder may move CP3 this season, but he is playing very well as of late.
14. Memphis Grizzlies 18-22 (Previous Ranking: #24)
Don’t look now, but Memphis is on a five-game win streak. Ja Morant has played with great intangibles and looks like a seasoned vet already. The Grizzlies currently own the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
15. San Antonio Spurs 17-21 (Previous Ranking: #19)
It is obvious that the Spurs do not have a chance of doing too much damage in the Western Conference with their current roster, but Greg Popovich still has his guys working hard and playing as well as they can. They split a home-and-home versus the Bucks, and are tied with the Griz for the 8th seed.
16. Orlando Magic 18-21 (Previous Ranking: #16)
Defense wins championships, but although Orlando plays defense very well under Steve Clifford, this team simply does not have the star power to be considered a contender in the Eastern Conference. They can, however, be respected spoilers for the rest of the year, and perhaps earn a 7th or 8th seed ticket into the postseason as a one and done.
17. Brooklyn Nets 18-20 (Previous Ranking: #13)
The Nets just snapped their seven-game losing streak with a surprise win over the Heat at home. Irving looked great in his return and hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the season. If not, this team is mediocre at best.
18. Portland Trail Blazers 16-24 (Previous Ranking: #15)
Portland has struggled badly recently, 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Trail Blazers are one of the more surprising teams this season, and their struggles are puzzling.
19. Phoenix Suns 16-23 (Previous Ranking: #18)
Phoenix started the season hot but now have fallen way back in the standings. Devin Booker is scoring 26.2 points per game, so that is a plus.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves 15-23 (Previous Ranking: #20)
This has been a frustrating season for the T-Wolves, as they are just not a good basketball team. They have picked up some wins against sub .500 teams but just are not able to take the next step.
21. Charlotte Hornets 15-27 (Previous Ranking: #22)
As said in the last installment of NBA Power Rankings, the Hornets work extremely hard. It shows that there is no excuse for complete failure even when there is a lack of talent in an organization. If this team somehow finds its way into the postseason, it will be considered a huge victory.
22. Sacramento Kings 15-24 (Previous Ranking: #17)
The Kings have the pieces moving forward to be quite dangerous, but this is just not their year. With injuries and bad performances, the season for Sacramento is almost over in terms of a playoff chance.
23. Chicago Bulls 14-26 (Previous Ranking: #23)
The Bulls luckily ended their six-game losing streak with a much-needed win over the Pistons. Zach LaVine has played very well for Chicago, but that is about it.
24. Detroit Pistons 14-26 (Previous Ranking: #21)
Andre Drummond trade talks have commenced, and his ejection against the Bulls is not a good look. The Pistons should be making some noise at the trade deadline on Feb 6, as sellers of course.
25. New Orleans Pelicans 14-26 (Previous Ranking: #26)
O Zion, O Zion, wherefore art thou Zion. The Pelicans surely need him in their future, as their roster currently is not good enough. Brandon Ingram continues to be the bright spot of the season for NOP.
26. Washington Wizards 13-26 (Previous Ranking: #25)
3-2 in their last five is probably the best consolation prize the Wizards could get this season. Bradley Beal still remains one of the most underrated players in the league.
27. Cleveland Cavaliers 12-27 (Previous Ranking: #28)
Just as the Pistons, the Cavs most likely will be big-time sellers come the NBA trade deadline. Winners in two straight on the road do not hurt though.
28. New York Knicks 11-29 (Previous Ranking: #27)
A surprising home comeback win over the Miami Heat snaps a five-game losing skid for the Knicks. This organization is still a mess though, and Marcus Morris seems to be on his way out.
29. Atlanta Hawks 8-32 (Previous Ranking: #29)
Trae Young is the leader of this Hawks team, and it seems that he is the only one trying in Atlanta. The Hawks and their fans are already focused on the offseason and the 2020 draft.
30. Golden State Warriors 9-32 (Previous Ranking: #30)
Well, that escalated quickly. One minute, you are in the NBA Finals, the next minute you find yourselves dead last in the Pick Dawgz NBA Power Rankings. Their roster is depleted with injuries and weak depth at best, what can I say.