It might be that time of year, the time between Christmas and the All-Star break, where the season can feel a bit like a slog. Perhaps it is untimely absences or difficult periods of timetable.
Either way, we’ve seen slip-ups from the top teams in the league. The Golden State Warriors have lost five of their last seven games. One of their seven losses was against the Milwaukee Bucks, who Also lost five of their last seven games.
The Brooklyn Nets lost six of nine before winning on Saturday. One of their three wins in that streak was against the Chicago Bulls, who lost four of five. The Utah Jazz, meanwhile, lost four straight before reclaiming Rudy Gobert on Sunday.
All of this is creating a bit of chaos in this week’s top 10 power rankings. And although the Memphis Grizzlies saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end on Friday, they take first place, having beaten the Phoenix Suns, Nets and Warriors during the streak before finally succumbing to the schedule (eight matches in 12 days).
The Grizz face more challenges in Week 14, one of the busiest weeks on the schedule. No rest for the weary.
Plus-minus players of the week
Teams of the week
- Make it last forever: New York (3-0) – Are the Knicks making the same rise they did at this point last season?
- Something is wrong : LA Lakers (0-2) – Embrace mediocrity.
East versus West
Plan strength through week 13
- The hardest : 1.Portland, 2.Indiana, 3.Orlando
- Easier: 1. New York, 2. Milwaukee, 3. Utah
- Schedule strength is based on the opponent’s cumulative record and adjusted for home vs. away and rest days before a match.
Movement in the ranking
- High jumps of the week: Philadelphia (+5), New Orleans (+4), New York (+4)
- Free falls of the week: Utah (-5), Chicago (-4), Indiana (-4)
Week 14 Team to Watch
- Memphis— The Grizzlies’ 11-game winning streak came to an end Friday after an eight-game streak in 12 days ended. After having the weekend off, they continue a streak where they play nine of 10 against teams currently above .500. They host the Bulls on Monday (3:30 p.m. ET, TNT), then set off on a four-game road trip that takes them through Milwaukee (Wednesday), Denver (Friday), Dallas (Sunday) and San Antonio (next Wednesday). ).
Previous power rankings
- At this time last year: Lakers, Bucks top spot heading into game this week – Nets traded for James Harden, sending Jarrett Allen to Cleveland and Caris LeVert to Houston (from where he was traded). Harden recorded a 32-point triple-double in his Nets debut, while Nikola Jokic averaged a triple-double in 13 games. The Lakers had the best record in the league, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic both suffered injuries that would knock them out for two months, and Zion Williamson had a ridiculous finish and one in Sacramento.
Rhythm: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Ranking)
OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (league standings)
DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rankings)
NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (league standings)
The league is averaging 98.6 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 109.4 points scored per 100 possessions this season.
NBA.com’s Power Rankings, released every Monday throughout the season, are just one man’s opinion. If you have a problem with the grading, or if you have a question or comment for John Schuhmann, email him or contact him via twitter.