Pickswise NBA Power Rankings Week 16
The starters for the NBA-Allstar game have been announced and as the NBA hits week 16 of the season, there has been lots of movement in our Power Rankings. Here are this week’s NBA Power rankings.
1. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are the hottest team in the NBA right now, and an 11-game winning streak proves that. They look ready for a run towards their third straight championship.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks look like the best team in the East right now and continue to only trail Golden State in the Power Rankings.
3. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have jumped back into the top three. Outside their shocking loss against the Suns on January 12th, the Nuggets haven’t lost to a team outside the playoff hunt since December 8th.
4. Toronto Raptors
It is up and down as of late for Toronto. A 2-2 week will do that to a team.
5. Houston Rockets
James Harden’s historic run has Houston right in the middle of the hunt in the West. A 3-1 week has Houston into the top five in our power rankings.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are on a role as of late. OKC was able to go 4-0 last week.
7. Boston Celtics
The Celtics lone loss last week was at home against the Golden State Warriors.
8. Philadelphia 76ers
Its a short term wrist injury for Jimmy Butler and the 76ers should have to worry. A 2-1 week has Philly down a couple of spots this week.
9. Portland Trail Blazers
Portland went 3-1 and have the fourth best record in the West entering this week.
10. Utah Jazz
The Jazz is holding steady coming off a decent 3-1 week.
11. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are led by LaMarcus Aldridge who is averaging 24.2 points per game to lead the Spurs to an 8-5 record this month. They won two of their last three games.
12. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have been rattling off wins on a consistent basis. They will be without Spencer Dinwiddie however but a 3-0 week has the Nets right where they need to be.
13. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have taken a nosedive in the rankings after losing Victor Oladipo to a nasty leg injury for the rest of the season the Pacers will have to try their hardest to stay afloat after going 1-1 last week.
14. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are on the upswing after a 3-1 week.
15. Los Angeles Lakers
Lebron James could be on his way back for the Lakers. They struggled to 1-2 record last week.
16. Sacramento Kings
The Kings are trending down after going 1-3 in their last four games.
17. Miami Heat
The Heat is holding steady this week after going 2-2.
18. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets went 1-1 last week, and with the All-star game headed to Charlotte, the Hornets are holding steady.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
The T-wolves are coming off a 2-2 record in their last four games.
20. Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic looks like a top candidate for ROTY. The Mavericks went 2-2 last week.
21. Washington Wizards
The Wizards were able to go 2-2 last week, and are 7-5 since January 1st.
22. New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans look ready to implode after going 1-3 plus the news that Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans could mean the end of the Davis era in New Orleans.
23. Detroit Pistons
If the struggling Pistons want to make a playoff push, they may need to get on it right now. They are six games below .500 on the season and after going 1-2 last week they are in the hunt for just outside the lottery.
24. Orlando Magic
The Magic have lost 10 of their last 13 games. They do however sit four games out of the final playoff spot in the east.
25. Memphis Grizzlies
Both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley have been made available for trade offers, and it looks like Memphis is ready to rebuild.
26. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks look like the best of the bottom feeding teams. The Hawks managed a 1-2 week.
27. Phoenix Suns
The Suns have hit rock bottom once again after going 0-4 again.
28. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs were able to pick up a victory in week 15. They only have two games this week both at home against Washington and Dallas.
29. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls jump up a spot after going 1-3 in week 15.
30. New York Knicks
The Knicks dropped two spots after a 0-4 week. The bottom feeders continue to live at the bottom.