2014-15 NBA Handicapping
The 2014-15 NBA season is 14 weeks old, which means the trade deadline is right around the corner. Could we see any moves that shake up the foundation of the league? Absolutely.
We’ve already seen big names such as Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo join contenders, and in the weeks to come, we could see teams fall or rise on our list with the playoffs or a rebuilding project in mind.
Here are the power rankings for the 14th week of the NBA schedule.
1. Atlanta Hawks (39-8)
At the time of this publication (31st January), the Atlanta Hawks own the league’s longest winning streak at 18 straight victories. Chances are, that number will be 19 shortly, as they’re taking on the lowly Philadelphia 76ers later this evening.
The question with Atlanta is: Are the Hawks a legitimate threat to make the NBA Finals? Their success has been fun to watch and refreshing for those who want competition out East, but only time will tell how long they can look like the best team in the Association.
2. Golden State Warriors (36-8)
The Golden State Warriors have lost two straight, but they’re still 7-3 in their last 10 contests. With Steph Curry as an MVP candidate and Klay Thompson doing ridiculous things like scoring 37 points in a single quarter, this team is on pace to have home-court advantage potentially through the finals.
3. Memphis Grizzlies (34-12)
In their last 10 games, the Memphis Grizzlies are 9-1. They’ve won five straight, and its their defense leading the way, as they allow just 96.4 points per contest — the third-best mark in the entire NBA.
4. Toronto Raptors (32-15)
The Toronto Raptors earn a spot this high in the rankings only because of a five-game winning streak against inferior competition. If this team doesn’t improve its defense quickly, it will be out of the top five and hoping for a top-10 result when we re-rank in two weeks.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-20)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally clicking. LeBron James is healthy, Kyrie Irving is learning how to lead the team when James is out and the team has won nine in a row.
Now they just need Kevin Love to be the Love of old, and this team will become the threat out East we all thought it would be to start the year.
6. San Antonio Spurs (30-17)
The San Antonio Spurs might be the biggest question mark in the entire NBA right now. They’ve won eight of their last 10, but they’re still just seventh in the Western Conference. They look like they could see anything from a first-round exit to a trip to the conference finals.
Only time will tell with this group.
7. Houston Rockets (33-15)
The Houston Rockets have the fourth-best record in the NBA. Unfortunately, Dwight Howard has been day-to-day for quite some time, and the team is just 6-4 in its last 10 outings.
8. Washington Wizards (31-16)
John Wall has been dealing with migraines and an injured ankle as of late. When he’s healthy, the Washington Wizards have a good chance at being a top-five team within these rankings.
9. Los Angeles Clippers (32-15)
The Los Angeles Clippers have been hovering around the top 10 all season. They just dropped a close one to the New Orleans Pelicans, but before that they had won six straight, which is something they hadn’t done since early December.
10. Portland Trail Blazers (32-15)
The Portland Trail Blazers are still a top-10 team, but they might not be by the time All-Star Weekend hits if their losing ways continue. The hope is that Robin Lopez and Joel Freeland return to action soon, and that LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum can stay on the floor despite battling their own injuries.
- 11. Dallas Mavericks (31-17)
- 12. Chicago Bulls (30-19)
- 13. Phoenix Suns (28-20)
- 14. Oklahoma City Thunder (23-23)
- 15. Milwaukee Bucks (24-22)
- 16. New Orleans Pelicans (25-22)
- 17. Miami Heat (20-26)
- 18. Charlotte Hornets (19-27)
- 19. Denver Nuggets (19-28)
- 20. Sacramento Kings (16-29)
- 21. Utah Jazz (17-39)
- 22. Detroit Pistons (17-30)
- 23. Brooklyn Nets (18-28)
- 24. Boston Celtics (16-29)
- 25. Indiana Pacers (17-31)
- 26. Orlando Magic (15-34)
- 27. New York Knicks (9-38)
- 28. Los Angeles Lakers (13-14)
- 29. Philadelphia 76ers (10-37)
- 30. Minnesota Timberwolves (8-38)
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