The NBA Power Rankings remain steady this week as the Top 15 remains exactly the same as it looked a week ago. That means, of course, that Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are on top once again.
How could anyone knock the Lakers out of the top spot? Los Angeles went undefeated last week at 4-0 and they've won their last seven games overall. The only problem has been for bettors, as Bryant and the Lakers were only 1-3 ATS last week and they're a money-losing 3-4 ATS during their seven-game streak.
Los Angeles should get at least a test this week against Dallas, Utah, and Denver, which could mean more losing ATS. [ Best NBA underdog lines, visit and DOUBLE YOUR DEPOSIT FREE THIS WEEK!! ]
The Chicago Bulls continue to occupy the No. 2 slot, but after another solid week they've actually taken a few more points out of the Lakers' lead in the rankings. The Bulls were also a perfect 4-0 last week, but they were much kinder to bettors at 3-1 ATS. Chicago is also 12-1 SU in their last 13 and an equally impressive 10-3 ATS.
Chicago has also been on a nice run for total bettors having gone OVER the total in their last five games. The Bulls' strong run looks to have a good chance of continuing this week with winnable games against Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, and Toronto.
Finishing off the Top 3 again this week are the Miami Heat. The Heat were also undefeated last week and have reeled off five straight wins. However, like the Lakers, they're not getting it done ATS at 2-3.
In their last nine games Miami is 8-1 SU but only 5-4 ATS. That could change this week as the Heat have drawn some of the league's worst teams with games against Cleveland, Washington, Minnesota, and New Jersey on tap.
One team that bettors may be surprised to see still locked in at the same ranking as last week is San Antonio. The Spurs are still ranked at No. 5 despite losing their last three games. San Antonio has struggled since Tim Duncan went down with an ankle injury, although they are 3-1 ATS in their last four games.
With Duncan not expected back early this week the Spurs' troubles could continue in games against Portland and Boston.
While the top of the rankings remained the same this week there was one distinct loser: The Knicks dropped two spots in the rankings as their struggles continued. The Knicks have lost their last six games both SU and ATS and they're an awful 1-9 SU and ATS in their last 10.
The Carmelo Anthony trade isn't working out so well right now, and with Orlando on the schedule to start the week the Knicks' losing ways could continue.