NBA Power Rankings

Rankings are updated every Monday of the NBA season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 44-13
The Rockets have won 10 in a row and 17 of 19 overall. Joe Johnson scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in his debut for the Rockets in the win over the Kings on Wednesday. Houston leads the league in both scoring (31.1) and point differential (+4.6) in the first quarter.
2 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 44-14
The Warriors are 15-6 in 2018, which is the third-best in the league during this time period. Draymond Green has posted three straight double-doubles to give him 17 for the season, which ties his total from a year ago. Despite averaging a league-high 31.4 first quarter points, since January 1, Golden State has been outscored by 1.6 points in the opening frame in 2018.
3 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 41-16
The Raptors are on a season-high seven-game winning streak. Kyle Lowry, who has 16 double-doubles this season, leads the league in charges drawn with 25. Toronto has set a franchise record for most victories through the first 57 games this year, and needs 16 more victories to set an organization record for most wins in a season.
4 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 33-25
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The Pacers have won four of five to improve to 14-7 (66.7%) in 2018, tying for the fifth-highest winning percentage in the league. Cory Joseph picked up the second double-double of his career with a 15-point, 11-rebound performance against Brooklyn on Wednesday. Indiana earned its fifth victory in 27 contests when trailing after three quarters, when the Pacers defeated the Nets on Wednesday.
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 34-22
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The Cavs have won four straight, tallying at least 120 points in each of those games. Jordan Clarkson has contributed 31 points, six rebounds and five assists and has made 13-of-21 shots from the field in his two games since coming over from the Lakers. Cleveland went 3-0 on its recent road trip and is now 14-15 away from home on the season.
6 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 40-19
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The Celtics, who have lost four of five, are just 10-9 in 2018. Al Horford, who is shooting 43.4% from beyond the arc, and Jayson Tatum, who is draining 43.1% of his long-range shots, are the only pair of teammates who are ranked in the league’s top-12 in three-point percentage. Boston gave up 120 points in back-to-back games (against the Cavs and Clippers) to fall to 14-16 on the campaign when allowing 100 or more points.
7 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 35-24
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The Spurs , who are third in the Western Conference, are going through their toughest stretch of the season, losing five of six. Joffrey Lauvergne has tallied double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season. San Antonio lost for just the fourth time when leading after three quarters, as they were outscored 30-19 in the final stanza by Denver in a 117-109 loss on February 13.
8 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 36-25
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The Timberwolves are 5-5 in their last 10 contests. Taj Gibson has scored in double-figures in four straight games and 12 of 14 overall. Minnesota, 24-7 at the Target Center, is tied with Toronto for the most home victories in the league.
9 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 33-24
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The Wizards have won seven of nine since John Wall injured his left knee and are 12-8 overall without their star point guard. Ian Mahinmi, who tied his season high with 17 points against the Knicks on Wednesday, has scored 10 or more points in four of his last seven games. Washington has topped the century mark in 10 straight games.
10 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 32-25
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The Bucks, sixth in the Eastern Conference, are 9-3 since firing Jason Kidd on January 22. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his first triple-double of the campaign with 36 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and three blocks against the Nuggets on Thursday. Antetokounmpo now has nine triple-doubles for his career, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in franchise history.
11 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 33-26
The Thunder are 13-9 in 2018, tying for 11th-best winning percentage (.591) with the Nuggets. Russell Westbrook has posted at least a double-double in 40 of his 57 games this season, which includes a league-high 17 triple-doubles. OKC is 26-9 when leading at halftime, though just 1-3 when the score is tied at the break.
12 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 32-26
The Trail Blazers have won three of four and are 14-9 in 2018, tying for the fourth-most wins in the league during this time frame. Damian Lillard has scored 133 points over his last three games. Portland has held a lead after three quarters on just 28 occasions this year, the second-fewest among the 16 teams currently in the playoffs.
13 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 32-26
The Nuggets have won six of seven. Nikola Jokic, who became the fastest player to record a triple-double in NBA history (14 minutes and 33 seconds), put up 30 points along with 17 assists and 15 rebounds in a win over the Bucks on Thursday. Since January 1, Denver ranks 10th with 11.3 triples a game and seventh in three-point percentage at 37.2%.
14 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 30-28
The Jazz extended their win streak to 11 straight with victories over the Spurs and Suns this past week. Donovan Mitchell, winner of the 2018 All-Star Slam Dunk competition, is averaging 21.1 points during the win streak. Utah, which ranks 15th in the league with 14.3 turnovers a game, is 18-14 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents.
15 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 30-26
The Clippers are 5-2 since trading Blake Griffin. DeAndre Jordan, who has recorded three straight double-doubles, scored a career-high 30 points as he made eight of nine free throws in a victory over the Celtics on Wednesday. Los Angeles is currently ninth in the Western Conference.
16 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 30-25
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The 76ers have won five straight, tying their season high. Ben Simmons, who picked up his sixth triple-double of the campaign on Wednesday, has recorded 2.7 steals a game in February and ranks eighth in the league overall with 1.9 thefts a contest. Philadelphia is one of six teams that has 20 games of at least 10 steals.
17 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 31-26
The Pelicans have won three straight. Jrue Holiday, who has accumulated two double-doubles while scoring over 20 points in each of his last three games, ranks fifth in the league in minutes played (36.7) and 24th in assists (5.5). New Orleans already has more road wins (16) this season than they had the previous two years.
18 Miami Heat Miami Heat 30-28
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The Heat have lost seven of eight. Goran Dragic has scored in double-figures in six of seven February games, including two 30-point contests, and is compiling 19.7 points and 4.4 assists while shooting 45.9% from the floor and 41.9% from beyond the arc this month. Miami is eighth in the Eastern Conference.
19 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 28-29
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The Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 104-98 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday. Blake Griffin is producing 20.4 points along with 8.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists since being acquired. Detroit, eighth in scoring defense (103.5) and 10th in defensive rating (105.0), is 14-6 when holding opponents under the century mark.
20 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 24-33
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The Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 104-102 victory over the Magic on Wednesday. With double-doubles in his last two games, Dwight Howard now has 36 for the season and 702 for his career. With its victory over Orlando, Charlotte became the last team to win a game decided by three points or fewer this season and is now 1-5 in those games.
21 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 23-34
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The Lakers have lost three straight and five of nine. Julius Randle, who has posted 13 double-doubles, is averaging 17.6 points along with 8.8 caroms and 3.0 assists in 24 starts this year. Los Angeles leads the league in points in the paint with 53.5 points per game and is second to last in paint points surrendered with 49.0.
22 New York Knicks New York Knicks 23-36
The Knicks are on a season-high eight-game losing streak. Tim Hardaway lit up the Wizards for 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting including 6-of-9 from behind the arc on Wednesday. New York is averaging just 94.3 points and has been outscored by an average of 12.3 points during its losing streak.
23 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 20-37
The Bulls are 2-2 in their last four. Jerian Grant, who has doled out at least four assists in each of his last six games, is averaging a season-best 11.3 points and 7.0 assists in February. Chicago is fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.72.
24 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 18-38
The Griz have lost seven in a row. Jarell Martin, who has scored in double-figures in 11 of his last 18 games, is averaging 8.7 points and shooting 48.1% from the field in 2018. Memphis, 13-17 at home, has just 11 more games at the FedExForum this season.
25 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 18-40
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The Mavs have lost four of six. J.J. Barea, who made a season-high five three-pointers in a loss to the Kings on Tuesday, has scored in double-figures in three of his last four contests. Dallas is grabbing a league-low 7.8 offensive rebounds per game, as they haul in an offensive board at a league-worst 17.8% rate.
26 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 18-39
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The Kings have lost five of seven. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has steadily increased his production this season, has scored in double-figures in five of his six games in February. He is averaging 13.7 points and 5.1 assists this month. Sacramento is attempting a league-low 17.2 free throws a game, as they are getting to the line at just a 0.202 rate, which also ranks last in the NBA.
27 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 18-41
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The Hawks have lost four of five. Rookie John Collins, who has seen his numbers steadily decline, racked up his seventh double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to the Pistons on Wednesday. Atlanta, which is a league-worst 5-24 away from home, ranks last in shooting percentage on the road at 43.7%.
28 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 18-39
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The Magic have lost three in a row. Mario Hezonja, who picked up his second double-double of the campaign and his career on Wednesday, has scored poured in 20-plus points in three straight games and reached double-figures in eight of his last nine. Orlando ranks second-to-last in the league in defensive rebounding percentage (75.3%) and last in opponents scoring in the paint (49.2).
29 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 19-40
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The Nets, currently on a season-high seven-game losing streak, have lost 11 of 12. Spencer Dinwiddie, the 2018 NBA All-Star Skills competition champion, is averaging a season-best 15.1 points in February, despite shooting 33.0% from the field. Brooklyn is drawing a league-low 16 fouls in February.
30 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 18-41
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The Suns are winless in February (0-7), having been outscored by a league-high 24.3 points a game this month. Elfrid Payton is producing 20.3 points along with 8.7 assists and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 57.1% from the floor in his three games since being acquired from Orlando.

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