NBA Basketball - Power Rankings
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How Are NBA Power Rankings Created?
* Power rankings are updated every Monday and Friday of the NBA regular season. Ranks are based on a rolling 20-game range; early in the season, this date range reaches back to regular-season games of the previous year.
How many times have you looked at the NBA standings and seen a team, which seems to have good talent and excellent stats, near the bottom of the standings? Did you think “That’s strange. I’ll bet they are an underdog tonight against a team they can beat.”
This happens all the time because standings only detail past wins and losses – they do not foretell the future and they do not give an accurate picture of the true relative strength of each team. That’s what an NBA Power Rankings grid is for. We aim to crunch all the important stats – field-goal percentage, three-point defense, ATS road victories, home rebounding and more – and rate all NBA teams based on our unique handicapping formulas.
One team’s weakness may play perfectly into another team’s strength. Compare power rank edges against NBA point-spread and NBA moneyline edges each day and you have a better chance of winning your wagers! See below the ratings chart for details on the math that underlies the rankings.
Beating the NBA point spread is one of the hardest things to do in sports betting. Trying to do it without daily visits to our NBA News and NBA Power Rankings pages is even harder. Betting on basketball requires knowledge and discipline and requires knowing which teams are underrated and undervalued.
This is where you find betting value – a solid team with a losing record where the stats and trends seem to point to them being better than their record. When you find such a team, you bet them until the betting public or the sportsbooks catch on. Before that happens, you can have four or five wins in your pocket. The early NBA betting bird gets the ATS worm!
The NBA Power Rankings page here at Odds Shark factors in home and road scoring, rebounding, margin of victory average, three-pointers per game, free-throw percentage, and more. We rate each team in each category and apply our weightings to each. We do the same for the defensive end of the court – steals, defensive rebounding, road and home efficiencies, which teams defend the perimeter, and more.
We take an overall power number and multiply it by a strength-of-schedule weighting that gives our overall NBA power rank. That list should help you judge the best odds on the NBA spread and moneyline at your favorite sportsbook. It’s part of our commitment to provide better NBA data, truer NBA rankings and stats that help you win more often!
Good luck with your NBA handicapping and bookmark this page for weekly power rank updates.