NBA Power Rankings

Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 18-4
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Fourteen of the Rockets’ victories have been by double-digits, which leads the league. James Harden’s 22-game streak of 20 points and five assists is the longest to start a season in league history. Chris Paul doled out six assists and had a season-high five turnovers against the Lakers on Sunday.
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 20-4
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The Celtics are 4-1 since having their 16-game winning streak stopped nearly two weeks ago and are the first team to win 20 games. Kyrie Irving, who ranks fourth in the league in fourth quarter scoring with 7 points a game, and Jayson Tatum, who averages 4.4 points in the final quarter, combine to score over 11 points of the Celtics 26.5 fourth quarter tallies. Boston is 2-1 during its current five-game homestand and is 10-2 overall at TD Garden, which is tied for the highest home winning percentage.
3 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 18-6
The Dubs’ six losses are the franchise’s most at this point of the season in four years (2013-14). Shaun Livingston was tossed from the game on Sunday for making contact with official Courtney Kirkland’s forehead. Golden State has a league-high 11.3 margin of victory this year as eight of their wins have been by 20 or more points.
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 16-7
The Cavs’ 11 game-winning streak is two short of their franchise record set in 2010. LeBron James, who, for the fifth time in his career scored the final 13 points in a win over the Grizzlies, is the king of the fourth quarter as he averages a league-high 9.3 points on 61.6% shooting. Point guard Derrick Rose is expected to return to the team soon, though no timetable has been set.
5 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 15-8
The Spurs had their season-high tying four-game winning streak snapped by the Thunder (Sunday). Tony Parker, who sat out Sunday’s game, averaged 8 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 45% from the field in his first three games of the season; he missed the first 19 games with a quad injury. Starting small forward Kyle Anderson strained his MCL and could miss a significant portion of the season, though his status won’t be fully known until he undergoes an MRI on Monday.
6 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 14-7
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The Raptors have won three straight, which is the second longest this season. Reserve center Jakob Poeltl, who tallied a season-high 18 points in a win over Indiana on Friday, has done a nice job backing up Jonas Valanciunas and is averaging 6.4 points along with 4.6 rebounds while shooting 70.2% from the field. Toronto is 13-0 when leading after three quarters.
7 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 14-8
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The Pistons have lost two straight with both coming on the road to drop their record to .500 (6-6) away from Little Caesars Arena. Andre Drummond, who is shooting a career-best 64.8% from the charity stripe, has tied a season-high five straight games in double-figures. Detroit was held to a season-low 15 points in the third period in a loss to Washington on Friday.
8 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 13-9
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The Nuggets have won four of six with all four victories coming against teams with a sub. 500 record to improve to 10-2 versus teams with losing records this year. Will Barton, averaging a career-high 15.5 points, has been inconsistent as a scorer this year, though he threw in a season-high 37 points in the win over the Bulls on Thursday. Nikola Jokic, the team’s leading scorer, is currently out with ankle injury and it unknown when he will be available.
9 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 13-10
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The Blazers have lost two straight and are 3-3 in their last six. Power forward Al-Farouq Aminu has 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last two games after missing the previous 13 contests with an ankle sprain. Portland has the fewest fast break points in the league with 4.2.
10 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 12-11
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The Pacers have lost three of four. Bojan Bogdanovic had a fantastic November. Indiana, which is permitting the second most points in the paint this year (49.2), allowed Toronto to rack up 70 in a 120-115 loss on Friday.
11 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 11-8
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The 76ers have split their last four games with losses coming against the Cavaliers and Celtics. Robert Covington, who ranks fourth in the league with 71 made 3-pointers, broke out of a mini-shooting slump with six triples against the Pistons on Saturday. Ben Simmons set a rookie record with 29 free throw attempts, making 15 in a win over the Wizards on Nov.29.
12 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 12-9
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The Bucks have won three straight. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who attempted a season-high 22 free throws in a win over Sacramento Saturday, is averaging a league-high 9.4 free throws, which he is making them at a 75.9% clip. Milwaukee’s last four victories have come against Western Conference foes and are now 8-3 against teams from the west.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 14-10
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The Timberwolves are 4-5 in their last nine. Karl-Anthony Towns picked up his league-high 19th double-double in a win over the Clippers on Sunday. Key reserve Nemanja Bjelica has missed six straight games with a foot injury.
14 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 12-11
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The Jazz are on a season-high five-game winning streak. Rookie Donovan Mitchell, who scored a season-high 41 points on Friday, has scored at least 24 points in three of his last four contests. Utah, which is 23rd in scoring at 103.1 ppg, has scored 106 or more points in five straight games and is 8-4 when they reach the century mark.
15 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 12-11
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The Pelicans snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over the Blazers despite being without Anthony Davis, who is out an unknown period of time with a pelvis injury. DeMarcus Cousins poured in 38 points, his most since he tallied 41 against the Kings on Oct. 26. New Orleans ranks second in the league in assists (25.9) and fifth in field goal percentage (47.9).
16 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 12-10
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The Wizards are 3-3 in their last six. Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 17 points on Friday against Detroit for his second consecutive double-figure game. Washington is 3-3 without John Wall this year, including 2-2 since he went out with a knee injury.
17 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 10-12
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The Thunder have won two straight and each victory was marked by single-digits, marking the first time that has happened this year. Carmelo Anthony has seen his role reduced on the offensive end recently as he tallied 18 points on just 17 shots. He is averaging 16.3 shots per game for the season.
18 New York Knicks New York Knicks 11-11
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The Knicks have lost four of five. Michael Beasley has been very good as a starter, tallying 51 points on 24-of-42 shooting (57.1%) in two starts while, in comparison, he is averaging 4.2 points in 13 contests off the bench. Kristaps Porzingis (ankle/ illness) and Tim Hardaway (leg), the team’s top two leading scorers, will miss at least two straight games as both have been ruled out of Monday’s game against the Pacers.
19 Miami Heat Miami Heat 11-12
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The Heat have lost three of four. Goran Dragic tallied 20 points in the loss to the Warriors on Sunday, snapping a three-game single digit streak where he shot just 24.1% (7-of-29) from the field. Miami, 6-6 on the road this year, plays six of its next eight game away from home.
20 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 10-14
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The Magic have won two of three, though they are just 2-10 in their last 12. Nikola Vucevic picked up his sixth double-double in his last eight games with 34 points and 12 rebounds against the Knicks on Sunday. Orlando is giving up the most points in the paint (49.9) as well as the most second chance points (14.2).
21 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 8-15
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The Lakers have lost a season-high five straight. Western Conference Rookie of the Month Kyle Kuzma has posted two straight double-doubles and has seven on the season. Los Angeles, which is tied for last with 17.5 turnovers a game, has committed 18.5 turnovers per game during the losing streak.
22 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 8-13
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The Hornets, who are on just their second losing streak of the season, have lost four straight. Leading scorer Kemba Walker has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. The Hornets, 1-10 away from home, have lost all six of their road games when they have led the contest after the opening quarter.
23 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 6-17
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The Mavs are 4-3 in their last seven. J.J. Barea, who is producing a career-high 12.4 points, has produced two double-doubles in his last five games—he did not record a double-double last season. Rick Carlisle became the 18th coach in NBA history with 700 victories with Dallas’ victory on Sat.
24 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 8-16
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The Suns have lost five of six. Devin Booker, who averaged 30.8 points in five career games against the Celtics, tallied a season-high 38 points on Sunday against Boston. Booker has scored 30 points in a game 29 times.
25 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 8-14
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The Nets have dropped six of nine games since D’Angelo Russell has been out with a knee injury. Guard Joe Harris has scored in double-figures in six straight games and is on pace to finish with a career-high in scoring, as he is averaging 10.4 points a contest. Brooklyn relies heavily on its bench, which is second in the league in both minutes (21.8) and points per game (45.5).
26 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 7-16
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The Kings have lost five of nine. Zach Randolph has scored 20 or more points in consecutive games for the first time this season. Sacramento’s starters have failed to score in the opening quarter twice this season.
27 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 5-17
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The Hawks are 3-5 in their last eight. Second-year pro Isaiah Taylor, who has played 19 career games, tallied 11 points in a win over Brooklyn on Saturday to give him four double-figure games in 15 contests this year. Rookie John Collins is out two-to-three weeks with a shoulder injury.
28 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 8-14
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The Clippers have lost three in a row. Austin Rivers, who has scored in double-figures in five of six, poured in a season-high 30 points versus Minnesota on Sunday as he tied his career-high seven treys. Blake Griffin has missed the past two games as he sprained his MCL in his knee and may be out for two months.
29 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 7-16
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The Grizzlies have lost 11 in a row, which is one short of the longest winless stretch in franchise history (2008-09). Marc Gasol became the second player in franchise history to surpass the 10,000 point plateau when he tallied 27 points against the Cavs on Saturday. Memphis has the worst winning percentage against teams with a losing record at .250 (2-6).
30 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 3-18
The Bulls have dropped eight straight though their last two setbacks have been by a combined two points. Jerian Grant is enjoying his best scoring stretch of the season as he has scored in double-figures in three of his last five, averaging 15.2 points while shooting 56% from the floor and 58.8% from beyond the arc. Not only does Chicago have the most losses in the league, but they also have the most road losses (11).

 

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