Pickswise NBA Power Rankings Week 18 - Thunder Moving Up

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Kaleb Kraus

NBA· 2 years ago

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I am Pickswise's NASCAR expert, also make picks on MLB, NHL, and both college football and basketball. Very passionate about sports, especially college football and college basketball. I have followed NASCAR since I was little. I am a 2018 graduate of Michigan State Universities School of Journalism.

NBA all-star week is here, and with this weekend’s all-star events quickly approaching here is a look at the Pickswise Week 18 NBA Power Rankings.

1. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors continue to check-off wins going 3-0 last week and already off to a good start this week. The Warriors should stay atop the power rankings for weeks to come.

2. Milwaukee Bucks

After notching a six-game winning streak, the Bucks dropped a game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday. It was a 3-1 week for Milwaukee.

3. Toronto Raptors

Marc Gasol was a good add at the trade deadline and it looks like Toronto is trending in the right direction after a 3-0 week.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC has won 10 of their last 11 games, and look like a threat in the west.

5. Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers really shook up the line-up at the trade deadline and look ready for a deep trip in the playoffs. They went 2-1 last week.

6. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are trending down and have dropped out of the top five for the first time in a while this season. A 0-3 week hurts.

7. Boston Celtics

Its another crossroad period for the Celtics as they could be in trouble without Kyrie Irving in the line-up. Boston is coming off a 1-2 week.

8. Portland Trail Blazers

A tough week ahead for Portland, before this weekend’s All-star break, but the Blazers are holding steady inside the top 10 in our power rankings.

9. Houston Rockets

James Harden’s is playing at an unbelievable level, and the Rockets are really thriving because of his play. Houston is 2-1 in their last three games.

10. Utah Jazz

Utah is trending up after a 2-0 week with a tough stretch coming up.

11. Indiana Pacers

The Pacers may have new life, without Victor Oladipo the Pacers looked solid after going 4-0 last week.

12. San Antonio Spurs

It wasn’t the best of weeks for Spurs as they went 0-4. They will have to get it back together.

13. Sacramento Kings

The Kings playoff hopes continue as they picked up their 30th win of the season on Sunday, after only winning 28 games all of last season.

14. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are fighting for the 8th spot in the West and will be in for a battle for that final playoff spot for the rest of the season. Los Angeles went 2-1 in week 17.

15. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets struggled this past week going 1-2. Luckily for them, Caris LeVert made his return on Friday.

16. Los Angeles Lakers

It continues to be up and down for the Lakers as they will look to find consistency. They are holding steady after a 1-2 week.

17. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets have played their way back into contention in the East. Can they continue to get victories in the weeks to come?

18. Dallas Mavericks

It was a good week for Dallas with a 2-1 record in their last three games.

19. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons may have had their best week since early in the season going 3-0 last week.

20. Miami Heat

The Heat will need to regroup after losing five of their last six games.

21. Washington Wizards

It’s still inconsistency that is hurting the Wizards after going 2-2 last week.

22. Orlando Magic

The Magic trending up again after a solid 3-1 week.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves

The T-wolves playoff hopes are starting to fade, as they have gone 6-9 since Ryan Saunders became the interim coach.

24. New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans is playing with a player in Anthony Davis who doesn’t want to be a part of the team anymore and that will impact them the rest of the season. New Orleans has hit rock bottom it seems.

25. Memphis Grizzlies

It’s all about Jaren Jackson Jr in the frontcourt it looks like with Marc Gasol being traded, and Memphis looks like it will be rebuilding still come draft time. They are trending up after a 2-1 week.

26. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks are back down a bit in the rankings after going 1-3 in their last four games.

27. Chicago Bulls

This seems a bit odd but the Bulls are not right at the bottom of this week’s rankings. They did go 1-2 last week, but Chicago might be able to get a few more wins, with the addition of Otto Porter Jr.

28. Phoenix Suns

The losing streak has hit 14 games, and it doesn’t look like it is going to end anytime soon either.

29. Cleveland Cavaliers

It is a repeat cycle for the Cavs after another winless week.

30. New York Knicks

Its a 16 game losing streak for the New York Knicks, and can we say they are headed for Zion Williamson as the number one pick yet or is it still too early?

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