The All-Star Weekend is behind us, and we have entered the home stretch of the NBA season. You can expect the elite teams to really heat up as they look to make a push for good playoff seeding.
Here is this week’s edition of the NBA Power Rankings:
1. San Antonio Spurs (49-10, 1st in Southwest)
The Spurs have won 3 in a row, including wins over the Thunder and Grizzlies.
San Antonio just continues to win games at an amazing rate, and are having their best regular season in team history.
2. Dallas Mavericks (43-16, 2nd in Southwest)
The Mavericks have won 6 in a row, and are easily the hottest team in the NBA. This team can be a serious threat in the Western Conference.
3. Los Angeles Lakers (42-19, 1st in Pacific)
Not surprisingly, the Lakers are playing great basketball coming out of the All-Star break. They have won 4 in a row, with wins over the Thunder and Hawks in that stretch.
You can expect the Lakers to continue to play good basketball, as they look to get ready to defend their title.
4. Boston Celtics (42-15, 1st in Atlantic)
The Celtics have won 3 of 4 coming out of 4, but had a bad, double-digit loss to the Nuggets in their one loss.
5. Miami Heat (43-17, 1st in Southeast)
The Heat have won 4 of their last 6 games, but their two losses were to good Eastern Conference teams; the Knicks and Bulls.
Miami needs to show that they can beat the elite teams.
6. Chicago Bulls (40-17, 1st in Central)
The Bulls have won 4 of 5, including big wins over the Spurs and Heat, as they continue to prove they are a title contender.
7. Orlando Magic (38-22, 2nd in Southeast)
The Magic have won 3 of 4, and had a blowout, 23 point win over the Thunder on Friday night.
8. Oklahoma City Thunder (36-22, 1st in Northwest)
The Thunder stay in the 8th spot almost by default. After blowing out the Clippers, they have lost 3 in a row to the Spurs, Magic, and Lakers.
9. Atlanta Hawks (36-23, 3rd in Southeast)
The Hawks snapped their 3 game losing streak with a win over the Warriors on Friday, and went on to beat the Trail Blazers on Sunday night as they look to build up a winning streak.
10. Portland Trail Blazers (33-26, 2nd in Northwest)
The Trail Blazers have won 2 of 4, with wins over the playoff contending Hornets and Niuggets.
11. New Orleans Hornets (35-26, 3rd in Southwest)
The Hornets have won 2 of 3, but those wins came over the lowly Clippers and Timberwolves.
12. Denver Nuggets (34-26, 2nd in Northwest)
The Nuggets lost Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony, but they still have won 2 of 3 since the All-Star break, with double-digit wins over the Grizzlies and Celtics.
13. New York Knicks (30-27, 2nd in Atlantic)
The Knicks might only be 13th right now, but with the additions of Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony, they could skyrocket up this list. They have won 2 of 3 since the trade, including a thrilling win over the Heat.
14. Philadelphia 76ers (30-29, 3rd in Atlantic)
The Sixers have won 4 in a row, and even though they were all against sub-.500 teams, a win is still a win.
Philadelphia is over .500, and Doug Collins has done a great job with this team.
15. Memphis Grizzlies (33-28, 4th in Pacific)
The Grizzlies drop 5 spots from the last rankings, having lost 2 of 4, with their two wins coming over the Kings and Timberwolves.
16. Phoenix Suns (30-27, 2nd in Pacific)
The Suns have won 3 in a row, and will look to continue this winning streak and make a playoff push.
17. Utah Jazz (32-28, 4th in Northwest)
The Jazz traded Deron Williams, and have lost 3 of 4. You can expect them to quickly go down in these rankings.
18. Houston Rockets (30-31, 5th in Southwest)
The Rockets have won 4 in a row, and with an easy upcoming schedule, will look to get over the .500 mark.
19. Indiana Pacers (26-32, 2nd in Central)
The Pacers have won 2 of 4, and in the weak Eastern Conference, they are still clinging to the 8th spot.
20. Charlotte Bobcats (26-33, 4th in Southeast)
Despite trading Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats have won 2 of their last 3, and are also looking to make a push for the 8th and final playoff spot.
21. Golden State Warriors (26-32, 3rd in Pacific)
The Warriors drop a spot in these rankings, having lost 3 in a row. They did have nice wins over the Hornets and Jazz, though.
22. Detroit Pistons (22-39, 4th in Central)
Things have been a mess in Detroit with the alleged “player protest”, but they were able to get a good win over the Jazz on Saturday to snap their 3 game losing streak.
23. Milwaukee Bucks (22-36, 3rd in Central)
The Bucks’ bad season is continuing, as they have lost 3 of 4. To their credit, all those losses were against teams with winning records, and they stayed competitive.
24. Los Angeles Clippers (21-39, 4th in Pacific)
The Clippers were able to defeat the Timberwolves on the 16th, but since then have lost 4 in a row, as their dreadful season continues.
25. Toronto Raptors (16-44, 5th in Atlantic)
The Raptors have lost 4 of 5, and 2 in a row, but did have a good win over the Bulls on Wednesday.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (14-46, 5th in Northwest)
The T-Wolves were able to snap out of their losing streak with a thrilling win over the Warriors on Sunday, and will hope to build off the win.
27. Cleveland Cavaliers (11-48, 5th in Central)
What? The Cavaliers aren’t last? Nope, they aren’t. Having won 2 of 4, with big wins over the Lakers and Knicks, the Cavaliers have earned themselves a higher spot than the cellar. The addition of Baron Davis doesn’t hurt their prospects, either.
28. Sacramento Kings (14-43, 5th in Pacific)
The Kings have lost 5 of 6, but did have a good win over the Eastern-elite Orlando Magic.
29. New Jersey Nets (17-42, 4th in Atlantic)
The Nets have lost 5 in a row, and they aren’t even staying competitive. All of those losses were by double digits.
30. Washington Wizards (15-43, 5th in Southeast)
Like the Nets, the Wizards have also lost 5 in a row, and their nightmare season isn’t showing any signs of getting better.