NBA Week 15 Power Rankings: The Suns Remain King While The Rest Fight For Supremacy
1. Phoenix Suns (36-9) (-)
For the second week in a row, the Phoenix Suns rank among the rest and find themselves atop our NBA power rankings. After going 9-1 in their last 10, the Suns have proven their ability to remain consistent throughout a turbulent NBA year. They’re on a six-game win streak right now, and have an important back-to-back against the Utah Jazz coming up this week.
2. Memphis Grizzlies (32-17) (-)
Everyone knows the Grizzlies are my team, so I’d never do them dirty when they fall into a bit of a skid. They’ve lost two out of their last three since Desmond Bane, Tyus Jones, and Kyle Anderson entered the health and safety protocol. This has put an insane amount of burden on Ja Morant, who has responded well by scoring 33+ points in each of his last three games. The Grizzlies are still a great future bet to win the Championship, yet their odds continue to fall. Right now on BetMGM, they are +2800 to win the chip–which means even a $10 bet would net you $280.
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3. Golden State Warriors (34-13) (-)
The Warriors have hit a few speedbumps over these last couple of weeks, forcing them to skid into a bit of a…well…skid. They’re 5-5 in their last 10, and have lost some questionable games to teams like the Pelicans, Pacers, and Timber Wolves. Klay Thompson has found himself back on the injury report with a knee injury, so a lot of the burden falls back on Stephen Curry’s shoulders.The Warriors remain the second-most likely team to win the finals according to BetMGM, so the oddsmakers believe in their ability to turn things around.
4. Miami Heat (30-17) (+2)
The Heat have been HOT recently (you don’t say?) after winning 7 of their last 10 and sliding into the top spot in the East. Most of their success comes from the fact that they have 5-7 players that could drop 20 points on any given night, NOT including Jimmy Butler who will do it every night without a second thought. With Bam Adebayo back from injury the Heat now have the big man presence that they were missing earlier in the year, and look like a complete championship team.
5. Milwaukee Bucks (30-19) (-)
The Bucks have been a modicum of stability this year, being one of the only teams in the NBA that rarely ever moves spots on this list. And while they may not be at the top, consecutive weeks in the top five is way more impressive than a short stint with the crown (*cough* the Bulls *cough*). It also helps when you have a guy like Grayson Allen on your team that is literally taking out the competition.
6. Philadelphia 76ers (27-19) (+3)
Joel Embiid deserves every NBA honor that can be given him. Coach of the Year, MVP–-c’mon just give him and him alone the finals trophy. He continues to carry the Sixers and has now scored over 30 points in 12 consecutive road games. The Sixers are now 12-4 since mid-December, and can very well be adding a top-40 talent to their roster in exchange for Ben Simmons.
If they do so their NBA Finals odds will definitely rise, so it may be smart to hop on them now before they get too low. BetMGM currently has them at +2500 to win the finals.
7. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) (+3)
I can never decide what I want to do with the Cavs. I feel like right when I start to believe in them, they fall apart–but right when I give up on them, they pull it back together. Eight of the Cav’s next 11 games are against teams with sub-.500 records, which gives them ample opportunity to bolster their win column and prove me wrong.
8. Utah Jazz (30-17) (-4)
The Jazz took a dive this week after winning only 2 of their last 9, and falling to fourth in the Western Conference. Before we ring the panic alarm let’s remember that Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have only played together in two of those games, thanks to Gobert’s time on the COVID list and Mitchell’s time in concussion protocol.
9. Dallas Mavericks (27-20) (+2)
WOAH the Mavericks got hot. Luka Doncic is really beginning to prove why he is one of the best in the league by leading this Mavericks team to an NBA-best 10-2 record in January.
10. Brooklyn Nets (29-17) (-2)
Oddly enough the Nets are the favorites to win the NBA Finals on BetMGM’s sportsbook, sitting at +275 to win the whole thing. However, I won’t believe it until they’re beating teams like the Timber Wolves, Thunder, and Trail Blazers with confidence.
Here's how the rest of the league lines up:
11. Chicago Bulls (28-17) (-4)
12. Charlotte Hornets (26-21) (-)
13. Denver Nuggets (24-21) (-)
14. Minnesota Timber Wolves (23-23) (-)
15. Boston Celtics (24-24) (+4)
16. Los Angeles Lakers (23-24) (+1)
17. Toronto Raptors (22-22) (-2)
18. New York Knicks (23-24) (-)
19. Portland Trail Blazers (20-26) (+2)
20. Los Angeles Clippers (23-25) (-)
21. Washington Wizards (23-24) (-5)
22. Atlanta Hawks (21-25) (-)
23. New Orleans Pelicans (17-28) (+1)
24. Indianapolis Pacers (17-30) (+2)
25. Sacramento Kings (18-30) (-2)
26. Houston Rockets (14-33) (+3)
27. San Antonio Spurs (17-30) (-2)
28. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-32) (-)
29. Detroit Pistons (11-35) (-2)
30. Orlando Magic (9-39) (-)