NBA Power Rankings (Updated 1/23)

Each week Contest General releases its own set of Power Rankings, based solely on team performance, recency and strength of schedule across the league.

Our most recent NBA Power Rankings can be found below.

Movin’ On Up

Los Angeles Clippers

And just like that the Clippers are back in the playoff hunt. They’ve won 10 of their last 13 games entering this week, which includes victories over the Rockets, Nuggets and Warriors. Defensively, they’re not where they were early in the season, but they scored 120 on five different occasions on this hot streak. Louis Williams is averaging 29.6 points since Christmas.

Miami Heat

It’s hot in South Beach, with the Heat winning nine of their last 11 games entering the week. The victories are quality, too, with Toronto, Detroit, Indiana and Milwaukee all being victims. Maybe most impressively, Miami has held its opponent below the league average of 106 points in eight of its first 10 games of 2018.

Movin’ On Down

Detroit Pistons

They’re not exactly putting the D in Detroit recently. They’ve dropped five straight and eight of their last 10 games, allowing at least 110 points five different times. This cold stretch has also knocked them out of the top eight in the East.

Milwaukee Bucks

On paper, you can make a case that they’re as talented as most from the East. But, the results just haven’t been there. As a team that was expected to be in the upper echelon of playoff teams, they’ve lost seven of their last 11 games and are currently battling for the 8-seed. The Bucks also rank 25th in defensive rating (points per 100 possessions). This is also why Jason Kidd is jobless.

NBA Power Rankings (Updated 1/23)

1: Golden State Warriors (37-10) (LW: 1)
2: Boston Celtics (34-13) (LW: 2)
3: Toronto Raptors (31-14) (LW: 3)
4: Houston Rockets (32-12) (LW 5)
5: Minnesota Timberwolves (30-18) (LW: 7)
6: San Antonio Spurs (30-18) (LW: 6)
7: Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18) (LW: 4)
8: Washington Wizards (26-20) (LW: 8)
9: Miami Heat (27-19) (LW: 10)
10: Oklahoma City Thunder (26-20) (LW: 9)
11: New Orleans Pelicans (24-21) (LW: 15)
12: Los Angeles Clippers (23-22) (LW: 18)
13: Portland Trail Blazers (25-21) (LW: 12)
14: Indiana Pacers (25-22) (LW: 16)
15: Philadelphia 76ers (22-20) (LW: 17)
16: Denver Nuggets (23-23) (LW: 14)
17: Milwaukee Bucks (23-22) (LW: 11)
18: Detroit Pistons (22-23) (LW: 13)
19: Chicago Bulls (18-28) (LW: 21)
20: New York Knicks (21-26) (LW: 19)
21: Utah Jazz (19-27) (LW: 22)
22: Brooklyn Nets (18-29) (W: 24)
23: Charlotte Hornets (18-26) (LW: 25)
24: Phoenix Suns (17-29) (LW: 20)
25: Los Angeles Lakers (17-29) (LW: 30)
26: Memphis Grizzlies (16-29) (LW: 27)
27: Orlando Magic (14-32) (LW: 28)
28: Dallas Mavericks (15-31) (LW: 23)
29: Sacramento Kings (13-32) (LW: 26)
30: Atlanta Hawks (13-32) (LW: 29)

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