NBA Power Rankings: March 21
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are on top of the NBA Power Rankings again this week, as the entire Top 6 looks exactly the same as it did a week ago.
The Lakers have won four straight, but they haven't been perfect for bettors with a 2-2 record ATS. The same goes for the Lakers at home, where they have won six straight while going 3-3 ATS. Coming up for Kobe and the Lakers this week are three home games against Phoenix, the Clippers, and New Orleans. They're a combined 7-2 SU and 4-5 ATS against those three teams so far this season.
The Chicago Bulls are inching closer and closer to the Lakers' top spot, but may have just missed it this week because of their loss to Indiana. That loss snapped the Bulls' eight-game winning streak SU and five-game winning streak ATS. The Bulls haven't lost at home since January 18, a span of 12 games during which they were also an impressive 10-2 ATS. If Chicago is finally going to surpass the Lakers on the rankings chart this week they'll likely need to run the table against Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis, and Milwaukee.
Rounding out the Top 3 again this week are the Miami Heat. LeBron James led the Heat to a 3-1 SU record last week, which included a loss to Oklahoma City. The Orlando Magic sit at No. 4 again, but they likely rank much lower on the chart of anyone that's been betting on them lately. The Magic were 0-3 ATS last week and they've covered the spread only once in their last eight games.
The biggest loser of the week was Boston. That's been a common theme since the trade deadline as the Celtics have been slowly declining in the ranks since they reshaped their roster with a few interesting moves. This week the Celtics were down three spots to No. 10 in the rankings. Boston went 2-2 SU last week with upset losses to New Jersey and Houston. They've also gone UNDER the total in their last six games thanks to their offense topping 90 points only once during that span. Boston has a busy week ahead of them with four games in seven days against New York, Memphis, Charlotte, and Minnesota.
Also tumbling three spots in the rankings this week were the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are reeling right now, having lost four straight both SU and ATS. The Warriors have been especially abysmal on the road this season with a 3-11 SU record and a 5-9 ATS mark in their last 14 away from home. That isn't encouraging this week with stops in San Antonio and Houston on tap.