NBA Power Rankings: Jan 16, 2016

spurs-vs-cavsThe game of the week was definitely the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs, with the latter taking a 99-95 victory on their home court. But is this enough to push the Spurs past the Golden State Warriors in our latest NBA power rankings? Take a look for yourself below.

1. Golden State Warriors (37-3); same spot – The Warriors may have lost to the Nuggets the other night, but they’ve also been dealing with injuries and resting Draymond Green for two games.

2. San Antonio Spurs (35-6); same spot – San Antonio is now riding a 10-game win streak and holds a 23-0 home mark. The gap between the Spurs and Warriors is closing.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-10); same spot – Despite the loss to the Spurs, Cleveland comes away from their 6-game road trip with a 5-1 record.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder (29-12); same spot – Oklahoma recently lost to Sacramento at home, but the asterisk here is that Kevin Durant sat with a sprained toe.

5. LA Clippers (26-13); up 2 spots – Like San Antonio, L.A. is also on a 10-game win streak, and they’re looking like a serious West contender again.

demarre-carroll-raptors6. Toronto Raptors (25-15); up 2 spots – Toronto’s revamped, defensive-minded team seems to be paying dividends right now.

7. Chicago Bulls (23-16); down 2 spots – Fresh off a 53-point outing, Jimmy Butler is all that’s keeping this shaky Chicago team together while they deal with chemistry issues.

8. Miami Heat (23-17); down 2 spots – Hassan Whiteside certainly impressed with his 19-point, 17-rebound, 11-block triple-double against the Nuggets.

9. Atlanta Hawks (23-17); same spot – This isn’t the same red-hot start that Atlanta had last season; but they are still hanging around the top of the East.

10. Dallas Mavericks (23-18); up 1 spot – After taking Cleveland to overtime, Dallas followed this up by holding Chicago to just 77 points in an 83-77 victory.

11. Indiana Pacers (22-18); down 1 spot – The Pacers have lost three of their last four and will look to get back on track at home against Denver.

12. Memphis Grizzlies (22-19); up 2 spots – Memphis edges Detroit out for this spot after beating the Pistons 103-101 on Thursday.

andre-drummond-detroit13. Detroit Pistons (21-18); down 1 spot – Andre Drummond just got passed by Carmelo Anthony in the All-Star voting, but he should be assured a spot anyways.

14. Boston Celtics (21-19); up 1 spot – Boston has been pretty good on the road (10-9) this season, but pretty bad in close games, going 0-5 in contests decided by 3 or fewer points.

15. Houston Rockets (21-20); up 2 spots – Houston has played better lately, but they looked lifeless against the Cavaliers last night.

16. Orlando Magic (20-19); down 3 spots – The Magic have really been getting beat up in the Southeast Division, going 1-6 against their division this year.

17. Washington Wizards (19-19); up 2 spots – Washington is finally getting healthy, and it’s resulted in a 4-game win streak.

18. New York Knicks (20-21); down 2 spots – New York keeps flirting with playoff positioning, but they just haven’t been able to get over the hump.

19. Charlotte Hornets (18-21); down 1 spot – Charlotte is just 2-8 in their last 10 games and is fading from the postseason picture.

demarcus-cousins-trade-120. Sacramento Kings (16-23); same spot – Thursday, the Kings bettered their playoff hopes with a 103-101 victory in Utah.

21. Utah Jazz (17-22); same spot – Utah has fared much better against the East (8-5) than they have against their own conference (9-17).

22. Portland Trailblazers (18-24); same spot – Portland is another West team battling for the last playoff spot, and they’ve gotten to this position with a 3-game win streak.

23. Denver Nuggets (15-25); up 1 spot – Don’t count the Nuggets out just yet. They have Emmanuel Mudiay and SF Danilo Gallinari back from ankle injuries.

24. Milwaukee Bucks (17-25); down 1 spot – Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 28 points and 16 boards to help Milwaukee take down Atlanta 108-101 last night.

25. New Orleans Pelicans (13-26); same spot – New Orleans schedule is getting easier, but is it too late for them to make a playoff push?

26. Phoenix Suns (13-28); up 1 spot – Phoenix finally halted their lengthy losing streak with a win over Charlotte.

27. Minnesota Timberwolves (12-29); down 1 spot – Losers of 9 straight, Minnesota’s young lineup is definitely going through growing paints right now.

28. Brooklyn Nets (11-29); same spot – Will Brooklyn ownership give up their delusions of competing for a title in the near future? If so, they should start trading away their veteran assets now.

29. L.A. Lakers (9-32) – There’s been talk that Kobe Bryant should be shut down this season, but we doubt he’s on board with this during his retirement tour.

30. Philadelphia 76ers (4-37) – Philadelphia has lost their last four games, but they are at least competitive in most contests now, thanks to new PG Ish Smith.

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