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NBA Power Rankings

The Miami Heat not only maintained their grip on the top of the NBA Power Rankings, but they actually strengthened it after a perfect week on the court and at the betting window.

LeBron James and the Heat took care of Orlando, Charlotte, and the Clippers last week to extend their winning streak to six games. Miami also covered the spread in all three wins and are 5-1 ATS during their current streak. The Heat beat up on the Bobcats (109-97) and the Clippers (97-79) last week, and another week of routs by LeBron and company could be on tap with Indiana and Detroit on the schedule.

The Lakers also held firm at No. 2 this week despite a loss to the Spurs and a lackluster 1-4 ATS mark in their last five games. Another surprise this week was the rise of the Orlando Magic into the Top 3.

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The Magic are slumping right now with only one win in their last four games after defeats at the hands of Miami and Boston last week. Orlando also has only one ATS win in their last six games, and if that keeps up this week their rise up the rankings should stop.

The biggest riser in the ranking this week were the Pacers, who rocketed up five spots to enter the Top 10 at No. 9. Part of the Pacers' rise has to do with their strength of schedule, but they also delivered a solid week on the hardwood with four straight wins.

If the Pacers are going to keep their winning streak going they'll have to shock the Heat on Tuesday night as an underdog. They'll also have to show some stamina with a tough schedule that includes four games in five nights this week.





City Rank Power Rank Schedule Adjusted Power
Miami 1 443 0.48 213
LA Lakers 2 430 0.49 209
Orlando 3 408 0.50 203
Chicago 4 421 0.48 202
San Antonio 5 399 0.49 196
Boston 6 373 0.50 185
New Orleans 7 364 0.49 178
Dallas 8 357 0.49 176
Indiana 9 333 0.52 172
Philadelphia 10 327 0.52 171
Houston 11 333 0.51 170
Denver 12 346 0.49 170
Oklahoma City 13 343 0.49 170
Memphis 14 330 0.50 165
New York 15 323 0.50 161
Atlanta 16 338 0.47 160
Milwaukee 17 317 0.50 160
LA Clippers 18 300 0.53 158
Golden State 19 302 0.50 151
Minnesota 20 292 0.51 150
Utah 21 306 0.49 150
Portland 22 302 0.50 150
Phoenix 23 292 0.51 148
Charlotte 24 282 0.49 140
Sacramento 25 275 0.51 139
Toronto 26 232 0.51 119
Detroit 27 241 0.49 119
New Jersey 28 229 0.50 114
Washington 29 221 0.52 114
Cleveland 30 166 0.52 86