Pickswise NBA Power Rankings Week 16

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Kaleb Kraus

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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.

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