Week 14 NBA Power Rankings

Before we get started with this week’s rankings (methodology here): The Celtics have just come off of a 1-3 stretch of 4 games in 5 nights where they lost to the Lakers, Magic and Hawks by a combined total of 12 points.  Team is struggling in some close-and-late situations, but the raw material is there to get better.  That said, they could use another body, a shot in the arm.  Now, release the numbers!

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Cavaliers 38 11 104.024 (3) 96.015 (5) 1.929 2.998 (27) 12.935
2 Celtics 30 16 101.371 (13) 95.046 (1) 1.902 2.954 (28) 11.181
3 Lakers 37 12 101.713 (12) 95.717 (2) 1.643 3.296 (21) 10.935
4 Magic 32 16 102.014 (9) 96.351 (6) 1.896 3.208 (24) 10.767
5 Nuggets 33 15 103.925 (4) 98.782 (12) 1.677 2.836 (29) 9.656
6 Spurs 27 19 102.731 (7) 97.814 (8) 1.293 3.423 (19) 9.634
7 Hawks 30 16 103.806 (5) 99.813 (15) 1.674 3.836 (11) 9.503
8 Mavericks 30 18 101.881 (10) 98.671 (11) 1.896 3.953 (5) 9.059
9 Jazz 29 18 101.858 (11) 98.511 (10) 1.564 4.005 (3) 8.916
10 Thunder 26 21 99.155 (18) 95.898 (4) 1.713 3.874 (9) 8.844
11 Suns 29 21 106.655 (1) 103.55 (29) 1.82 3.613 (15) 8.538
12 Blazers 29 21 103.667 (6) 100.484 (17) 1.68 3.503 (17) 8.366
13 Heat 24 24 100.33 (15) 98.794 (13) 1.677 3.91 (8) 7.123
14 Bobcats 24 23 96.754 (25) 95.821 (3) 1.787 3.866 (10) 6.587
15 Rockets 25 22 99.586 (16) 99.688 (14) 1.787 4.564 (1) 6.249
16 Raptors 26 22 104.193 (2) 104.417 (30) 1.823 3.93 (6) 5.529
17 Bucks 21 25 96.999 (24) 97.448 (7) 1.826 3.376 (20) 4.754
18 Grizzlies 26 21 102.162 (8) 103.11 (27) 1.713 3.803 (12) 4.567
19 Hornets 26 22 100.408 (14) 101.608 (20) 1.896 3.047 (25) 3.743
20 Bulls 23 22 95.126 (27) 97.87 (9) 1.867 3.911 (7) 3.033
21 Clippers 20 27 97.535 (23) 99.947 (16) 1.787 3.241 (22) 2.616
22 Knicks 18 29 99.304 (17) 101.58 (19) 1.638 2.804 (30) 2.166
23 Kings 16 31 98.677 (21) 102.34 (23) 1.787 3.974 (4) 2.097
24 Sixers 16 31 98.833 (20) 101.835 (21) 1.787 3.03 (26) 1.815
25 Warriors 13 33 99.025 (19) 102.985 (26) 1.826 3.586 (16) 1.451
26 Wizards 16 31 98.008 (22) 102.355 (24) 1.638 3.494 (18) 0.785
27 Pistons 15 31 95.749 (26) 102.025 (22) 1.598 4.141 (2) -0.537
28 Pacers 16 32 94.715 (28) 100.633 (18) 1.823 3.218 (23) -0.877
29 Timberwolves 11 38 93.964 (29) 102.955 (25) 1.714 3.712 (14) -3.564
30 Nets 4 42 91.191 (30) 103.46 (28) 1.826 3.748 (13) -6.695

The takeaways?

  • Cavaliers lead continues to grow.  Celtics stumbling and Lakers sort of flatness has made it easy.  That said the compression at the top continues, as spots 2 through 10 are only separated by 2.5 points (inside the normal spread for home court).  In a playoff series, the usual suspects still seem to be good picks, but definitely more volatility in the middle as we have said all along.
  • It is starting to look like last year between the conferences with the East occupying 3 of the top 4 positions, but only one other position in the top 12.  The West’s middle is just so much stronger and their tournament so much more compelling.
  • Surprise surge of the last month are the Jazz, who looked like the 3rd best team in the NBA in 2008, looked near dead a year ago, but now have sneaked into the Top  10.   Probably playing the best ball in the league since the new year.
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