NBA Power Rankings

Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 42-13
The Rockets are an NBA-best 16-4 in 2018. They will reportedly add Brandan Wright and Joe Johnson soon, as both players were recently bought out by their former teams. Houston has topped the century mark a league-high 51 times, posting a 41-10 record in those games.
2 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 43-13
The Warriors have won two straight, but are just 6-4 in their last 10. Steve Kerr became the fastest coach in American sports history to win 250 games. He need just 302 games to accomplish the feat, which is 44 contests fewer than what Phil Jackson needed. Golden State leads the league with 7.6 blocks a game.
3 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 39-16
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The Raptors, who have the highest winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, have won five straight and 12 of 15. C.J. Miles pumped in a season-high 24 points in a win over the Hornets on Sunday, marking his third straight double-figure game and his second contest in the last three of at least 20 points. Since February 1, Toronto is getting a league-high 50.5 points a game from its bench.
4 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 40-18
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The Celtics have lost three of four. Terry Rozier has scored in double-figures a season-high seven straight games. Boston retired Paul Pierce’s No. 34 jersey on Sunday, making Pierce the 24th member of the organization to have his number/name raised to the rafters.
5 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 35-22
The Spurs have lost three of four. Kyle Anderson, who is having the best offensive season of his four-year career, scored a season-high 20 points in the Spurs’ loss on Saturday. San Antonio’s 48-point victory over Phoenix was the third largest in franchise history.
6 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 32-25
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The Pacers have won two straight and eight of 11. Victor Oladipo, who posted his second double-double of the season in Friday’s win over Boston, has scored 30 or more points in three of his last four games. Indiana, which grabbed a season-high 54 rebounds in Sunday’s victory over New York, has out-rebounded its opponents on just 21 occasions, posting a 16-5 record in those contests.
7 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 35-24
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The Timberwolves snapped a two-game losing streak with Sunday’s win over the Kings. Jeff Teague has two double-doubles in his last three games to give him 10 on the season. Minnesota improved to 4-14 when trailing after three quarters, following its comeback victory over Sacramento.
8 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 32-24
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The Wizards have won six of eight since John Wall injured his left knee and are 11-8 overall without their star point guard. Tomas Satoransky, who tallied a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting on Saturday, has tallied double-figures in five of eight games and is producing 11.8 points per game during that period. Washington, 17th in free-throw shooting on the season (76.7%), is shooting 84.1% from the free-throw line over its last six games.
9 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 31-24
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The Bucks have won eight of 10, moving up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Big man John Henson has picked up his production over his last eight games, averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while also recording 1.3 blocks. Milwaukee is 9-3 in the second games of back-to-backs.
10 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 33-22
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The Cavs have won three straight and seven of 10. Rookie Cedi Osman has tallied 28 points in his last two games, which includes a season-high 16 against Atlanta on Friday. With its win against Boston on Sunday, Cleveland improved to just 14-15 against teams with a .500+ record.
11 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 32-25
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The Thunder defeated Memphis on Sunday for their second victory over the last seven games. Paul George is going through perhaps his best stretch of the season, pouring in 30.2 points on 50.5% shooting, along with 45.7% from beyond the arc in six February games. OKC tied a franchise record with 16 triples, 12 coming in the first half, in the win on Sunday.
12 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 31-26
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The Trail Blazers have lost four of six. Damian Lillard has scored 89 points on 28-of-51 (54.1%) shooting over the last two games and is averaging 30.0 points over the first six games of February. Portland had its nine-game home winning streak snapped with its loss to Utah on Sunday.
13 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 30-26
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The Nuggets have won four of five. Will Barton, who has scored in double-figures in eight of his past nine games, is averaging 17.8 points, while shooting 56.7% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in February. Denver, which has the fifth-best winning percentage at home (22-7), plays four of its next five at the Pepsi Center.
14 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 28-28
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The Jazz have won a league-high nine consecutive games, which is their longest winning streak since winning nine in a row in 2010. Joe Ingles tallied a career-high 24 points in Sunday’s win over Portland to give him 47 points over his last two games. He has knocked down 17-of-27 shots (62.9%) including 9-of-17 (52.9%) from beyond the arc. Utah has made a league-best 45.2% of its shots from beyond the arc since January 24.
15 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 28-26
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The Clippers have won three of five since trading Blake Griffin to Detroit. Lou Williams, who recently signed a three-year $24 million extension, has topped the 20-point plateau 34 times this season, including 22 of his past 24 games. Los Angeles, 12-13 away from Staples Center, has five games remaining on their season-long seven game road trip.
16 Miami Heat Miami Heat 30-26
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The Heat snapped a season-long five-game losing streak with Friday’s victory over the Bucks. Hassan Whiteside has produced three straight double-doubles to give him 21 for the season. Miami, seventh in the Eastern Conference, acquired Dwyane Wade and Luke Babbitt at the trade deadline.
17 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 29-26
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The Pelicans snapped a three-game losing streak with Saturday’s win over the Nets. Anthony Davis, who had a huge night against the Nets with 44 points, 17 rebounds and six steals, joined Bob McAdoo as the only players to ever produce multiple games of 40 points, 15 caroms and six thefts in a season. New Orleans has played in a league-high seven overtime games, posting a 5-2 record in those games.
18 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 27-28
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The Pistons are 5-2 since acquiring Blake Griffin, though they have lost their last two. Andre Drummond has produced a double-double in each of his last 10 contests. Detroit, currently two games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, is 19-1 when they lead in field-goal percentage.
19 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 28-25
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The 76ers have won three straight and four of five. Dario Saric has scored in double-figures in 34 consecutive games. Philadelphia will reportedly sign free agent Marco Belinelli, who was recently bought out of his contract by the Hawks.
20 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 23-32
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The Lakers, who fell to the Mavericks on Saturday, have won four straight games on three occasions. Isaiah Thomas tallied 22 points and doled out six assists, though he also had six turnovers in his debut for Lakers on Saturday. Los Angeles ranks at the bottom of the league in both three-point and free-throw shooting.
21 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 23-33
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The Hornets have lost four straight and six of nine. Kemba Walker, who is averaging 27.6 points and 3.8 three-pointers in February, topped the 40-point plateau for the fourth time this season on Thursday. Charlotte, five and a half games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, went 1-3 in a recent Western Conference road trip to fall to 11-15 against the Western teams.
22 New York Knicks New York Knicks 23-34
The Knicks are on a season-high six-game losing streak. Michael Beasley, who has scored in double-figures in his last two games, posted his seventh double-double of the season, with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Indiana on Sunday. New York, last in three-point makes, with 7.9 a game, has made just 23.3% of its long-range bombs since February 1.
23 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 19-36
The Bulls have lost nine of 11. Denzel Valentine, starting in place of Zach LaVine, recorded his fourth double-double of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Wizards on Saturday. Chicago has the second-most wins (eight) in games decided by three points or fewer.
24 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 18-37
The Griz have lost six in a row. Andrew Harrison, who pumped in a season-high 23 points on Wednesday against Utah, has scored in double-figures in six of his past eight games. Memphis, 29th in the league in scoring, has failed to reach 100 points in the last four games and is averaging a paltry 82.0 points in February.
25 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 18-39
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The Hawks are 4-4 in their last eight. Dewayne Dedmon scored a season-high 20 points in the win over Detroit on Sunday for his fifth double-digit performance in his last nine games. With its 118-115 victory over Detroit, Atlanta improved to 5-7 in games decided by three or fewer points.
26 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 19-38
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The Nets are 1-9 in their last 10. Dante Cunningham tallied two points and five rebounds to go along with one block as well as two steals in his debut for the Nets on Saturday. Brooklyn has recorded the fewest steals in the league at 6.1 a game.
27 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 18-39
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The Suns are 1-10 in their last 11. Dragan Bender, who had a career-high 23 points on Saturday, has scored in double-figures in four of his last five games and is averaging 15.4 points per game during this stretch. Phoenix has the worst assist-to-turnover ratio in the league at 1.34.
28 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 18-39
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The Mavericks are 2-8 in their last 10. Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) and Wesley Matthews (lower back) missed their first game of the season on Sunday, leaving Yogi Ferrell as the only player to play in each of the team’s first 57 games. Dallas, last in rebounding rate at 47.4%, has hauled in more rebounds than its opponents just 15 times.
29 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 18-37
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The Magic’s loss to the Bucks on Saturday snapped their three-game winning streak, which tied their longest of the season (October 21-27). Jonathon Simmons, who poured in a career-high 34 points on Tuesday, is averaging 17.4 points in February on 53.3% shooting from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc. Orlando has not won four straight since December 2015.
30 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 17-38
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The Kings have lost five of seven. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has struggled with his shot this month, is averaging 11.4 points and 5.4 assists through five February games. He has produced four double-figure scoring games while doling out at least three assists in each contest. Sacramento fell to 10-4 when leading after three quarters with loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

 

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