NBA Power Rankings

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1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 15-2
The Celtics extended their win streak to 15 in a row this past week, which includes a road victory over the Hawks to improve to 8-1 away from home. Jaylen Brown has been huge for C’s the last two games, reaching the 20-point plateau in consecutive games for first time in his career, compiling 24.5 points and 5.5 rebounds along with 3.5 three-pointers over these pair of games.
2 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 13-4
The Dubs have won nine-of-10, with their lone loss coming to the Celtics. After scoring a season-low nine points in the loss to Boston Thursday, Steph Curry responded by topping the 30-point mark in his last two contests. Golden State leads the Association with a 1.80 assist-to-turnover ratio, though that is their lowest ratio since 2013-14.
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 13-4
The Rockets are 8-1 in their last nine games after winning two-of-three this past week. James Harden has been out of this world over the past six games, averaging 40.2 points and 11.2 assists, joining Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Tiny Archibald as the only players in NBA history to average at least 40 points and 10 assists during a six-game stretch. Houston, which scored the second-most points in the first half (90) in NBA history against the Raptors on Thursday, is producing a league-high 61.9 first-half points this season.
4 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 11-5
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The Raptors went 4-0 this past week. DeMar DeRozan, who has made 10 or more field goals in each of his last three games, is having the most efficient season of his career, producing 1.407 points per shot and posting a .498 shooting efficiency. Toronto ranks third in the Association in true shooting percentage (58.9%), as well as third in effective shooting percentage (55.0%).
5 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 10-6
The Spurs got their sixth win in their last eight games, overcoming a 23-point deficit to earn a 104-101 victory over the Thunder on Friday. San Antonio, which was outscored by 17 points by the Thunder in the opening quarter, has the ninth-best scoring margin in the first quarter (+1.6) this season, though they have been outscored by an average of 2.1 points in the first 12 minutes in road games.
6 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 10-6
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The Wolves had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Pistons (Sunday). Jimmy Butler has upped his production over the last five games, topping 20 points four times and picking up two double-doubles. Minnesota is giving up 19.8 points off turnovers and 14.3 fast-break points, both of which rank 29th in the league.
7 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 11-5
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The Pistons snapped a two-game skid with a 100-97 win over the Wolves in Minnesota on Sunday and are now 4-4 away from Little Caesars Arena. Andre Drummond, the league leader in total rebounds and offensive caroms, has recorded double-figure rebounds in all 16 of his games, grabbing rebounds at a league-high 26.8% rate.
8 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 9-7
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The Cavs have won a season-high four straight games. LeBron James scored 39 points and pulled down 14 boards on Friday, marking the second time in his 15-year career that he's posted that many points and rebounds in a regular-season game. He has accomplished the feat five times during the postseason. Cleveland is 33-6 in its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams, following their 118-113 overtime victory over the Clippers on Nov. 17.
9 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 9-7
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The Wizards are on a two-game losing streak for the third time this season. Bradley Beal has tallied 26 or more points in his last three games and has now done so seven times this year. Washington, 4-3 on the road, shoots better at home overall than they do on the road (47.9% to 43.8%), though the Wiz are making more three-pointers (11.1-to-8.3) at a higher rate (42.4%-to-33.1%) on the road.
10 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 8-7
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The Bucks suffered their first loss (Saturday) since acquiring Eric Bledsoe five games ago; he had his worst game as a member of the team, compiling six points on two-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Mavericks. Milwaukee, the worst offensive-rebounding team (7.1) in the league, has grabbed an average of 9.0 O-boards a game over their last three contests, though they are still hauling in 1.5 offensive rebounds fewer than they did last year (8.8).
11 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 9-7
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The Blazers have won three-of-four. Damian Lillard, seventh in the league in free-throw percentage (92.4%), is three free throws short of reaching 2,000 makes for his career. Portland is second in the league in defensive rating (98.5) and scoring defense (97.5), as they have held their last four opponents under 100 points, including two of the four to under 90.
12 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 9-8
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The Pacers have won three in a row and four-of-five. Bojan Bogdanovic pumped in a season-high 26 points in the Pacers’ win over the Heat on Sunday to give him his 13th double-figure-scoring game this season. On Wednesday, Darren Collison became the first player in franchise history to score 30 points, shoot 12-for-12 or better from the line and dish at least eight assists with no more than one turnover.
13 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 8-8
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The Pelicans have lost two straight. Rajon Rondo had his best game of the season in his third game since returning from a sports hernia surgery, scoring 13 points and doling out six assists in a loss to Denver on Friday. New Orleans, which is surrendering the 27th most points a game (110.6), is 0-5 when giving up 115 or more points.
14 New York Knicks New York Knicks 8-7
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The Knicks have lost three-of-five games. Leading scorer Kristaps Porzingis has struggled with his shot lately, knocking down just 34% of his shots over the last three games while averaging 18.3 points during that stretch. New York is getting 16.3% of its points from mid-range shots, which is the third-highest percentage in the league.
15 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 9-7
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The Nuggets went 1-2 this past week, with all three games decided by double-digits. That gives them 10 such games, tied for the second most in the league. Leading scorer Nikola Jokic, who was ejected along with coach Mike Malone (Sunday), has been held to six points in two of the last three games and tallied just 25 points during the three-game stretch. Denver leads the NBA with 16.7 second-chance points a game.
16 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 8-7
The 76ers fell to the Warriors at home on Saturday in just their fifth home game (2-3) of the season, which is the fewest in the league. Joel Embiid, who compiled a career-high 46 points to go along with 15 rebounds and seven blocks against the Lakers, posted two double-doubles this week. He averaged 33.0 points along with 13 rebounds and three blocks in three contests this week.
17 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 7-8
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The Thunder went 1-1 this past week. Carmelo Anthony led the Thunder in scoring for the fifth time, as he scored 20 points in a loss to the Spurs on Friday. Since 2010-11, Paul George -- who has led OKC in scoring six times this season -- has missed an NBA-high 21 straight three-pointers in the final 24 seconds of a game that would have tied the game or given his team the lead.
18 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 7-8
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The Grizzlies have lost four straight and seven-of-nine. Memphis, third in defensive rating, has allowed over 100 points in all of their losses and is now 2-8 when opponents have hit the century mark. After reaching double figures just once in his first six games, Chandler Parsons has scored 10 or more points in four of his last seven games, including two straight.
19 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 8-8
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The Magic have lost four straight to fall to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin returned after missing seven games and finished with no points and one assist in 17 minutes of action against the Jazz (Saturday), while rookie Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has missed three straight games.
20 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 7-10
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The Lakers have lost five-of-seven. Lonzo Ball joined Magic Johnson as the only rookie in franchise history to pick up multiple triple-doubles in a season when he posted 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds -- which is the most by a rookie this season -- and 11 assists against the Nuggets on Sunday. Los Angeles is last in the league in both 3-pointers made per game (7.3) and 3-point percentage (29.4%).
21 Miami Heat Miami Heat 7-9
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The Heat have lost three-of-four. Wayne Ellington, who pumped in 21 points with all of his points coming on 3-pointers on Sunday, nets 87.5% of his points from beyond the arc, as he averages 2.4 made field goals and 2.2 made 3-pointers per game. Miami suffered its worst loss of the season with its 120-95 setback to Indiana on Sunday.
22 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 7-11
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The Suns are on a two-game winning streak for the third time this season and are now 7-8 under interim coach Jay Triano. Greg Monroe, who made his debut for the Suns this week, picked up a double-double in his first game with the team and is averaging 12.0 points along with 6.0 rebounds in 21 minutes a game through three contests. Phoenix is second-to-last in assist percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and assist ratio.
23 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 7-10
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The Jazz are just 2-7 in their last nine games. Leading scorer Rodney Hood has been much more productive coming off the bench than as a starter, averaging 20.2 points as a reserve in six games compared to 16.1 ppg as a starter in nine contests. Utah leads the league in free-throw shooting percentage at 83.6%.
24 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 6-9
The Hornets snapped a six-game losing streak with their 102-87 victory over the Clippers on Saturday, improving to 5-2 at home. Veteran swingman Nic Batum made his season debut this week, compiling 12.3 points along with 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in three games. Charlotte’s 123-120 loss to Chicago on Friday marked its 11th consecutive loss of three points or fewer, which is tied for the second-longest streak in NBA history.
25 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 5-10
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The Clippers, who have one win in November, possess the league’s longest current losing streak at eight. DeAndre Jordan racked up his third 20-point, 20-rebound game of his career, while shooting 80% from the floor on Friday, to become the third player in the last 40 years to post such numbers. Los Angeles, which is 2-5 away from home, ranks 22nd on the road in scoring defense, as they are giving up 5.4 more points on the road (109.4) than they are at home (104.0).
26 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 6-10
The Nets have lost three-of-four. Allen Crabbe has scored at least 15 points in three straight games, while going 14-for-27 (51.9 percent) from three-point range. Brooklyn is the only team that has not had a game decided by three or fewer points.
27 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 4-12
The Kings have dropped four-of-five since winning two in a row. Willie Cauley-Stein scored in double-figures in consecutive games for the third time this season, when he combined for 40 points along with 19 rebounds in the home-and-home series with the Blazers. Sacramento has the most losses (1-9) in road games and also ranks last in scoring margin at -12.4.
28 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 3-11
The Bulls began a four-game road trip with a 113-105 loss to the Suns on Sunday to fall to 1-7 away from home. Second-year point guard Kris Dunn has played reasonably well this year, though turnovers are a problem. He is averaging 11.5 points, 3.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in November. Chicago is shooting an NBA-worst 41.4% from the field, and part of the reason is their paltry 38.4% shooting percentage at home.
29 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 3-13
The Hawks have lost five-of-six and are an NBA-worst 1-8 at home. Kent Bazemore, No. 2 in the league in steals per game at 1.9, has stepped up his offensive efficiency recently, as he has shot 45% from the floor or better in five straight games while averaging nearly 17 points during that span. Atlanta ranks second in three-point percentage (40.0%) and third in steals per game (9.1).
30 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 3-14
The Mavericks ended their four-game skid on Saturday with a 111-79 victory against the Bucks, marking their largest margin of victory and the fewest points surrendered on the season. Dirk Nowitzki failed to score in double-figures for the fifth time this season, but he knocked down 1-of-3 three-point attempts to become the 14th player in NBA history to make 1,800 triples. On Friday, Nowitzki surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time field-goal-made list. He is 219 made field goals behind No. 7 Elvin Hayes.

 

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