NBA Power Rankings: April 4
The top of the NBA Power Rankings remains the same again this week, as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have held on to first place for the sixth straight week.
The Lakers may still be the top-ranked team, but last week wasn't perfect. They finally had their nine-game winning streak snapped on Sunday night, losing to the Denver Nuggets. Obviously the Lakers also failed to cover the spread in that loss, dropping them to a lackluster 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.
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Los Angeles has a good chance to start up a new winning streak early this week with cupcake matchups against Utah and Golden State.
The Lakers still holding on to the top spot isn't the only thing that has remained the same in this week's rankings. The Top 5 hasn't budged for the second consecutive week, with Chicago at No. 2, Miami at No. 3, Orlando at No. 4, and San Antonio at No.5.
The Bulls were unable to make up any ground on the Lakers after a 3-1 week that included an upset loss to Philadelphia. Chicago remains one of the hottest teams in the NBA but they've cooled off a little ATS for bettors lately with a 3-4 ATS record in their last seven games.
Totals bettors may want to take note that Chicago has an 8-1 OVER mark in their last nine games. Chicago has an interesting schedule coming up this week with games against the dregs like Phoenix and Cleveland and tougher matchups against Boston and Orlando.
Speaking of Orlando, they may be a team bettors want to avoid for the rest of the regular season. If Orlando continues on their current course expect them to see at least some drop in the rankings next week. The Magic are only 1-3 SU in their last four games and they're lost five in a row ATS.
In their last 10 games the Magic have covered the spread only once.
One of the biggest gainers on the charts this week were the Denver Nuggets, up to No. 6. After their upset win over the Lakers on Sunday night the Nuggets have won six in a row, during which they are also a healthy 4-1-1 ATS. Since trading Carmelo Anthony in February the Nuggets are 15-4 SU and an amazing 16-2-1 ATS.
They are also 14-5 UNDER for total bettors. If the Nuggets want to keep it up they'll have to do it against two of the Western Conference's best with two games against Oklahoma and a game against Dallas coming up this week.
While the Nuggets have been rising up the rankings the Phoenix Suns continue to fall, down another three spots this week to No. 17.The Suns were eliminated from playoff contention last week, dropping five of their last six games both SU and ATS.
With Steve Nash out with the flu and slowed by other minor injuries things aren't looking up for the Suns this week with games against Chicago, New Orleans, and Dallas on tap. The Suns are a combined 1-6 SU and 1-5-1 ATS against those three teams this season.