NBA Power Rankings - All 30 Teams: 2/3/20
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Power Rankings for All NBA Teams
Another week in the NBA, as we are now in the “Dog Days” of the season. This can be the toughest stretch of games, right near the All-Star game, as teams and players look towards the break. Here are the updated Power Rankings in the NBA.
1. Milwaukee Bucks 42-7 (Previously Ranked: #1)
Two wins and a loss for the Bucks this week and it is clear that they are getting a tad tired of the regular season. Giannis continues to dominate the league as a quadruple threat.
2. Los Angeles Lakers 37-11 (Previously Ranked: #2)
The “Honor Kobe” night was exactly what the fans and team needed to remember one of the greatest to ever play the game. Unfortunately, the Lakers lost that game but were able to rebound nicely with a win over Sacramento.
3. Toronto Raptors 36-14 (Previously Ranked: #5)
The Raptors have now won eleven in a row and the defending champs are doing it all. They now have a home-and-home against Indiana, which should be very entertaining.
4. Los Angeles Clippers 34-15 (Previously Ranked: #4)
The Clippers lost to the Kings but then defeated the T-Wolves right after (but I mean, who doesn’t beat the Timberwolves recently?)
5. Boston Celtics 33-15 (Previously Ranked: #8)
Three straight wins, including a home rout of the 76ers, have made this past week a major success for the Celtics
6. Miami Heat 33-15 (Previously Ranked: #7)
Miami lost to Boston but was also able to take it out on the struggling Magic twice this past week.
7. Denver Nuggets 34-16 (Previously Ranked: #6)
A bad loss to the Pistons seemed like it was in the cards for Denver as they are pretty banged up currently.
8. Houston Rockets 31-18 (Previously Ranked: #13)
Houston won three of four this week, including big wins over the Jazz and Mavericks. They also took care of business against Zion and the Pelicans at home.
9. Utah Jazz 32-17 (Previously Ranked: #3)
A very tough stretch for Utah as the Jazz have lost four straight games after being third in the entire league. All four of those games being against Western Conference opponents.
10. Indiana Pacers 31-19 (Previously Ranked: #9)
The Pacers somehow were manhandled by the New York Knicks? That has to be a typo. They only scored 85 in the loss, which is unlike them.
11. Philadelphia 76ers 28-17 (Previously Ranked: #10)
A win over Golden State was combatted by losses to Atlanta and Boston this week for Philadelphia.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder 30-20 (Previously Ranked: #12)
Two wins over the Kings and Suns were huge this past week for OKC. They have a four-game home stretch next up, with the first two against Cleveland and Detroit.
13. Dallas Mavericks 30-19 (Previously Ranked: #11)
Luka Doncic has missed some time with what seems like a minor injury to the ankle. He will be missed certainly by the Mavs, who were at least able to pick up the win against the Hawks.
14. Memphis Grizzlies 24-25 (Previously Ranked: #14)
Many people, including Shaq, believe that Ja Morant was snubbed of an All-Star appearance this season. The Grizzlies still own a 1.5 game lead over the looming Trail Blazers.
15. Portland Trail Blazers 23-27 (Previously Ranked: #18)
Portland has been surging lately and a big ‘thank you’ goes to Damian Lillard, who has been phenomenal in this stretch.
16. San Antonio Spurs 22-26 (Previously Ranked: #16)
The Spurs picked up two wins and a loss this past week and Demar DeRozen has led the way in terms of scoring. San Antonio will fight with Portland and Memphis for that coveted eighth seed in the West.
17. Brooklyn Nets 21-27 (Previously Ranked: #17)
Kyrie Irving has now been diagnosed with a knee sprain, which is not good news at all for Brooklyn. They are currently in the seventh seed in the East but cannot afford to lose Kyrie for a long period of time.
18. Orlando Magic 21-28 (Previously Ranked: #15)
Orlando has been struggling badly as of late, losers in five straight games and 3-7 in their last ten overall.
19. New Orleans Pelicans 20-30 (Previously Ranked: #19)
Zion looked great against Houston but it was not enough for New Orleans to pick up the win. New Orleans needs to get hot and stay that way in order to be contenders.
20. Phoenix Suns 20-29 (Previously Ranked: #17)
Phoenix has lost back-to-back games against the Thunder and Bucks and now are set for a two-game road trip to Brooklyn and Detroit.
21. Sacramento Kings 18-31 (Previously Ranked: #22)
The Kings took down the Clippers but lost to the Lakers soon after this past week. They are in the basement above the Warriors and Timberwolves in the West.
22. Chicago Bulls 19-33 (Previously Ranked: #21)
Chicago is only 3.5 games behind the Magic for the eighth seed which shows how bad the latter half of the Eastern Conference is. 14 games under .500 yet fighting for a playoff spot, strange.
23. Washington Wizards 17-31 (Previously Ranked: #24)
Like Chicago, Washington is also only 3.5 games behind Orlando for that eighth seed in the East. How crazy is that!
24. Detroit Pistons 18-33 (Previously Ranked: #23)
The Pistons were able to defeat the Nuggets but are still 4-6 in their last ten games. Their playoff hopes will cease if Andre Drummond is moved.
25. Charlotte Hornets 16-33 (Previously Ranked: #26)
Charlotte has lost two in a row and they are now 1-9 in their last ten games.
26. New York Knicks 14-36 (Previously Ranked: #27)
The Knicks were able to grab a strong road win over the Indiana Pacers. That win will be one of the few major bright spots this season.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves 15-33 (Previously Ranked: #25)
Will Minnesota win another game this season is the question, as the T-Wolves have now lost 11 straight games overall.
28. Atlanta Hawks 13-37 (Previously Ranked: #28)
Atlanta is 5-5 in their last ten games which is not terrible. Trae Young is a very exciting player to watch.
29. Cleveland Cavaliers 13-37 (Previously Ranked: #29)
Cleveland will most likely be in dead last in the Eastern Conference as they are really struggling with only one win in their last ten.
30. Golden State Warriors 11-39 (Previously Ranked: #30)
Golden State defeated the Cavs, which almost made me put them ahead of Cleveland in the power rankings; but let’s be real, this is the worst team in the NBA without Klay and Steph and a healthy starting lineup.