It’s been an interesting week in the NBA. Many of us have seen our teams fall to underachieving, low level sides which has in turn changed the course of the power rankings this week. Miami have regained some composure after a 3-game win streak and notching 12 straight wins at home, the Lakers fell to Detroit and Washington after a dominant win over the Heat a week ago but have since beat Boston, while OKC, Chicago and San Antonio all stay in the hunt for the top seed in the nation. Throughout the rest of the season, you can find our weekly power rankings right here at NBA Nation Australia.
1) Chicago Bulls – With the best win-loss record in the league, and a current percentage of 0.791 there is little doubt that the Bulls deserve the number one spot this week. This is a team that of late has been essentially unbeatable, be it at home or on the road. Number one in the East and number one overall.
2) Miami Heat – A recent home win elevated the Heat to a whopping 12 straight wins at home while still maintaining a 13-7 record on the road. The power that Lebron, Wade and Bosh bring to the team is undeniable, but do they have the legs to go the distance? The Heat are back on track after the return of Bosh which saw them fall to the Utah Jazz and the Lakers.
3) Oklahoma City Thunder – Durant, Westbrook, Harden – These players are showing up every day and proving why they are the number 3 seed in the league. They have a 32-9 record which elevates them to a 0.780 percentage and the top of the Western Conference.
4) Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers have come into their own lately with the exception of losses to Washington and Detroit. They have beaten Miami and Boston this week in tight games which have seen the Lakers step up and win when it counts. With home record of 25-16 (Including a 9 home win streak) LA deserves it’s spot in the top 5, but considering their struggles away from home, it remains to be seen if they stay there.
5) San Antonio Spurs – After a loss to the Clippers two days ago, the team has slipped to only a game out of the Lakers reach. They currently sit in second in the West with a 26-13 record, but have a history of falling apart. Tony Parke’s injury does not help their cause either. They are still a strong side, but can they keep it together?
6) Philadelphia 76′ers – A three game win streak including an emphatic victory over the Knicks as well an Andre Iguodala playing like a man possessed sees the 76′ers take out 6th spot. Flying under the radar seems to be something this side does fairly well but with games coming up against Indiana, Chicago and Miami, they might struggle to stay in touch with the top of the conference.
7) Orlando Magic – Big Dwight may only be days away from leaving the Magic so we’ll see how long they can stay in form, but right now the Magic are sitting pretty at 3rd in the East. Recent struggles saw them slip below par, but the team have managed to pull it back to a 25-15 record following a 2-game win streak.
8) Los Angeles Clippers – The Clips have been a little disappointing of late, and Blake Griffin’s constant dunks are becoming a bit boring. Yes, they are huge dunks, but we don’t need to see it every 5 seconds. It’s about all the guy can do. Chris Paul has been impressive, but with the recent injury to Chauncey Billups the team has struggled to keep the flow. A recent road win in San Antonio sees them stay in touch with the top 10. Are the Clippers really going to make a difference this season?
9) Memphis Grizzlies – If the Grizzlies can continue the way they are, there is little doubt they will be a huge force next season. They are only a game shy of meeting the Lakers in the 3rd spot in the West, which will be decided tomorrow when they meet LA in Memphis.
10) Denver Nuggets – The Nugs are a force to be reckoned with at the moment. At home they have been particularly dangerous whilst holding on to a 23-19 to sit at 6th on the Western Conference standings. Since the departure of Carmelo Anthony the Nuggets have struggled to regain their composure, but now it seems as though they are finally finding they’re feet.
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