Power Rankings: Heat on top
There's been a change at the top of the NBA Power Rankings, as the Los Angeles Lakers' reign lasted only one week before they gave way to the Miami Heat.
Thanks to injuries to their Big Three the Heat stumbled through the send half of January, but Miami may be ready for a quick rebound. On Sunday LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all took the floor for the first time since January 12. The Heat were 2-4 in six games without their Big Three together, but they've won three of their last four and could go on a run and fill bettors' pockets if they stay healthy.
The Lakers' stock took a hit last week following back-to-back loss to Sacramento and Boston. Those losses really hurt bettors, as Los Angeles was at home and favored in both of them. The Lakers had been showing cracks this season, but at least they had been getting it done at home. Before dropping two in a row the Lakers had won seven straight at Staples Center.
Rounding out this week's Top 3 is Chicago after a two-spot jump. The Bulls are on a solid run right now having won five in a row and seven of their last eight. They're also a solid 6-2 ATS in those eight games. Six of the Bulls' wins came at home, and it will be interesting to see if they can keep it up when they begin February with a five-game road trip.
Another team heading out on a road trip to watch for this week is San Antonio. The Spurs dropped down to No. 4 in the rankings this week despite winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Spurs own the league's best record at 40-7, which include a near-perfect 25-2 mark at home. For the mathematically challenged that means five of their seven losses have come on the road. San Antonio has nine straight road games ahead of them, which will determine how good they really are.
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