Last Updated: 2018-02-05
The races for the top spots in each league are on fire right now. The Boston Celtics are holding a two-game lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are holding a two-game lead over Houston Rockets in the Western Conference. The Warriors have overall best record in the NBA, but home court throughout the NBA postseason will likely be decided in the last week of the season.
The NBA All-star game is rapidly approaching and we are headed into the final full week before the festivities start. More importantly, the trade deadline is coming up, so many teams will look a little different by the weekend. Meaning, players will have less than a week to get acclimated to their new teams.
NBA Power Rankings
- Houston Rockets (38-13):The Houston Rockets had a perfect week. They are only two games in back of the Golden State Warriors and the race for the No. 1 spot is officially on for the rest of the season.
- Golden State Warriors (41-12): So, if the Warriors want to continue to turn the ball over, they will not be playing in any type of NBA Finals. They 25 turnovers in a win and 19 turnovers in a loss. They went (1-2) last week.
- Boston Celtics (39-15): Word is, Marcus Smart is now on the trading block. Why? They have won 5 of the 6 games without him and four straight this week. Al Horford’s buzzer beater defeated the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday. The Celtics hold the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference.
- Toronto Raptors (36-16): The Toronto Raptors won 3 of 4 games and are now two games back of the Boston Celtics. They are clearly part of the top two teams in the east. They’ve gone (7-3) in the last 10 games.
- Minnesota Timberwolves (34-22): The Timberwolves started the week slowly but came back with two straight wins. They are a half game out of the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference.
- Milwaukee Bucks (29-23): So far, so good for the Milwaukee Bucks. Although injuries are starting to take a toll, the Bucks have returned to their winning ways. But the coming week will see if the new coach smell will wear off before all-star break.
- Indiana Pacers (30-24): The Indiana Pacers might be too high, but what teams deserve to really be in the Top 10. The Pacers have won 3 out of 4 games last week.
- San Antonio Spurs (34-21): The Spurs are close to dropping out of the Top 10. If they have another similar week they probably will. San Antonio still holds the No. 3 spot in the west but that grip is slipping.
- Washington Wizards (30-22): Without John Wall, the Washington Wizards are better. They have won four straight games. Their wins were over OKC and Toronto this week. Not bad for a team without one of their all-stars.
- Cleveland Cavaliers (30-21): LeBron James doesn’t even want Cleveland to be on nationally televised games anymore. The Houston Rockets toyed with them in an easy victory. Even with all the bad feelings, the Cavaliers are still in the No. 3 spot.
- Portland Trailblazers (29-24): Portland was a defensive stop away from having a great week. Instead, they finished (2-2) with a pair of back to back losses. However, they are (7-3) in their last 10 games.
- Miami Heat (29-24): The Miami Heat have lost three straight games. They had their chances to move into the Top 3. However, a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers started the downward turn. As a result, they have dropped to the seventh spot in the east.
- Denver Nuggets (28-25): Denver is holding onto the final playoff spot. They defeated the Golden State Warriors in one of the great games last week. The Nuggets have a lot of potential to move up in the standings.
- Utah Jazz (24-28): All of a sudden, Utah is getting healthy and back into the playoff race. They won five straight games. They are now 3.5 games in back of the No. 8 seed. It should get interesting in the final two months.
- New Orleans Pelicans (28-24): The New Orleans Pelicans traded for Nikola Mirotic. They have to find a way to fit the forward into the lineup quickly. So, we will know more about the Pelicans after the all-star break.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (30-24): The OKC Thunder lost all four games last week. They erased their big run in Mid-January by returning to early season form. The Thunder are down to the No. 5 spot.
- LA Clippers (26-25): The Clippers made biggest trade of the season. They split the first two games since getting rid of Blake Griffin. It’s only a matter of time before they get rid of the center that they couldn’t let leave a few years ago.
- Philadelphia 76ers (25-25): Joel Embiid finally played in back to back games. It didn’t help. They lost to the Indiana Pacers. Now, the Philadelphia 76ers are in the eighth spot in the east. Fittingly, they are (5-5) in the last 10 games.
- Detroit Pistons (25-26): The Blake Griffin trade is working wonders for the Detroit Pistons. They couldn’t win a game over the last few weeks. Now, the Pistons are on a three game winning streak. Furthermore, the playoff race is back on.
- LA Lakers (21-31): The Lakers were the latest team to defeat the OKC Thunder. They won their final two games of the week. However, they are still 6.5 games out of the No. 8 seed.
- Charlotte Hornets (23-29): Well, the Charlotte Hornets have returned to their winning ways with three straight victories. They are only three games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern conference.
- New York Knicks (23-31): The Knicks were unable to get a stop against the Milwaukee Bucks. They also lost to the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks. Their lone win came over the Brooklyn Nets. The Playoff hopes are slipping.
- Brooklyn Nets (19-35): The Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers and that’s it. They are (3-7) in their last 10 games and still looking to reach the 20-win mark. Let’s see if they can enter all-star break on a high note.
- Chicago Bulls (18-34): The Bulls are officially tanking and the good feeling about the team is gone. They have the longest losing streak in the NBA. They might be at the bottom with a similar week.
- Memphis Grizzlies (18-34): The Grizzlies won their first game of the week. Then they lost to three potential playoff teams. The Grizzlies aren’t a potential playoff team.
- Atlanta Hawks (16-37): The Atlanta Hawks earned two victories this week. Those wins keep them out of the basement. They are (4-6) in their last 10 games. Not bad for a team that’s building its young core.
- Dallas Mavericks (17-36): Dallas is only (2-8) in their last 10 games. They are (10-18) at home.
- Sacramento Kings (16-36): The Sacramento Kings defeated the New Orleans Pelicans. They almost beat the Golden State Warriors for three plus quarters. Then, a big run came. Overall, the Kings play hard. They just need to get better.
- Phoenix Suns (18-36): The Phoenix Suns lost 3 out of 4 games last week. They are (2-8) in their last 10 outings.
- Orlando Magic (15-36): The Orlando Magic have the worst record in the NBA. However, they did win a game this week. Instead of race for the No. 1 seed, it’s a race for the best chance in the lottery. Or something like that.
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