Week 8 NBA Power Rankings

Week 8’s results.  Check out here for the methodology (UPDATED to correct):

Some of this week’s observations:

  • First, have to make a note and hat tip for Sacramento’s ridiculous 35 point second half comeback against the Chicago Bulls last night.  Yeah they are #17 and a .500-ish sort of team, but come on now.
  • The story of the power rankings has been the slow, steady separation of the haves from the have nots, at least as far as what we expected entering the season.  Celtics, Lakers, Hawks, Cavaliers – four teams that played into the second round.  The Hawks are the surprise of course with their top ranked offense, which is predicated on not turning the ball over.  But the 15th ranked defense could use some work for a long term run.
  • Mavs, Spurs, Magic, Nuggets the next four teams, all of them were expected to contend in some form or another.  Dallas’ record is a surprise of sorts given their age, but the old guys have ridden a surprisingly stout defense to the record.
Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Celtics 21 5 103.943 (4) 93.539 (2) 1.75 1.777 (30) 13.93
2 Hawks 19 7 105.997 (2) 98.389 (12) 1.615 2.892 (24) 12.115
3 Lakers 22 4 100.307 (15) 91.984 (1) 1.212 2.54 (28) 12.074
4 Cavaliers 21 8 102.744 (8) 95.804 (4) 1.931 2.69 (26) 11.561
5 Mavericks 20 8 101.858 (9) 96.159 (5) 1.75 3.448 (17) 10.897
6 Magic 21 7 103.361 (7) 97.575 (8) 1.875 2.997 (21) 10.657
7 Spurs 15 10 103.649 (5) 98.396 (13) 1.26 3.392 (19) 9.905
8 Nuggets 19 9 103.984 (3) 98.446 (14) 1.875 1.803 (29) 9.216
9 Suns 18 10 106.447 (1) 103.21 (26) 2.125 3.809 (14) 9.171
10 Blazers 17 12 101.599 (12) 97.911 (9) 1.81 3.013 (20) 8.512
11 Rockets 16 11 100.115 (16) 98.623 (15) 2.074 4.877 (2) 8.443
12 Thunder 13 13 98.583 (19) 96.942 (7) 1.615 4.988 (1) 8.244
13 Heat 13 12 101.72 (11) 100.289 (17) 1.26 4.172 (8) 6.863
14 Jazz 16 12 101.312 (13) 100.916 (18) 1.625 4.15 (9) 6.171
15 Bucks 12 14 95.811 (25) 96.268 (6) 1.615 2.985 (22) 4.143
16 Bobcats 10 16 93.112 (27) 94.514 (3) 1.75 3.582 (16) 3.93
17 Kings 13 14 101.72 (10) 102.273 (22) 1.815 2.597 (27) 3.858
18 Clippers 12 15 97.482 (22) 98.115 (11) 1.556 2.717 (25) 3.639
19 Pistons 11 16 98.104 (21) 100.973 (19) 1.815 4.41 (4) 3.356
20 Grizzlies 12 15 100.85 (14) 103.595 (28) 1.815 3.923 (11) 2.993
21 Knicks 10 17 99.295 (18) 101.558 (21) 1.685 3.408 (18) 2.83
22 Raptors 13 17 103.585 (6) 106.753 (30) 1.867 4.046 (10) 2.745
23 Hornets 12 14 98.498 (20) 102.798 (25) 1.75 4.403 (5) 1.853
24 Wizards 8 17 97.269 (24) 101.292 (20) 1.96 3.905 (12) 1.843
25 Pacers 9 17 94.731 (26) 98.063 (10) 1.75 2.958 (23) 1.377
26 Sixers 7 20 99.425 (17) 104.156 (29) 1.685 4.323 (6) 1.276
27 Warriors 7 19 97.354 (23) 102.706 (24) 2.019 3.799 (15) 0.467
28 Bulls 10 16 92.455 (28) 99.381 (16) 1.615 4.784 (3) -0.526
29 Timberwolves 5 23 91.939 (29) 102.519 (23) 1.75 4.284 (7) -4.546
30 Nets 2 26 90.057 (30) 103.313 (27) 2.125 3.902 (13) -7.229
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