It’s been chaos in the NBA. So many players have tested positive for COVID and are currently in health and safety protocols. That will make things very difficult for many teams this week and beyond. So these rankings might not be as consistent, but we’ll adapt and change rankings based on performance each week.
|NBA Power Rankings: Week 11|
|Team||Rank||Previous||Upcoming Opponents||Odds to win NBA Championship|
|Golden State Warriors||1||2||@Nuggets, @Jazz, Heat||+480|
|Phoenix Suns||2||1||Thunder, @Celtics, @Hornets, @Pelicans||+850|
|Utah Jazz||3||3||@Blazers, Timberwolves, Warriors, @Pelicans||+1200|
|Brooklyn Nets||4||4||76ers, Clippers, Grizzlies||+260|
|Milwaukee Bucks||5||6||@Magic, Pelicans, Pistons||+700|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||6||5||@Wizards, Hawks, Pacers, Grizzlies||+10000|
|Memphis Grizzlies||7||7||Lakers, Spurs, @Nets, @Cavs||+8000|
|Chicago Bulls||8||8||Hawks, @Pacers, @Wizards, Magic||+3000|
|Miami Heat||9||10||@Spurs, @Rockets, @Kings @Warriors||+1300|
|Philadelphia 76ers||10||13||@Nets, Rockets||+2400|
|Boston Celtics||11||12||Clippers, Suns, Magic||+6500|
|Charlotte Hornets||12||16||@Pacers, Suns, @Wizards||+13000|
|Denver Nuggets||13||11||@Warriors, @Rockets, @Mavs||+2400|
|Dallas Mavericks||14||20||@Kings, @Kings, @Thunder, Nuggets||+4200|
|Washington Wizards||15||18||Cavs, Bulls, Hornets||+16000|
|Los Angeles Clippers||16||9||@Celtics, @Raptors, @Nets, Timberwolves||+2400|
|Los Angeles Lakers||17||15||@Grizzlies, Blazers, Timberwolves, Kings||+1200|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||18||14||@Jazz, @Lakers, @Clippers||+16000|
|New York Knicks||19||23||@Pistons, @Thunder, @Raptors, Pacers||+10000|
|Atlanta Hawks||20||19||@Bulls, @Cavs @Blazers||+4200|
|Indiana Pacers||21||21||Hornets, Bulls, @Cavs, @Knicks||+24000|
|Toronto Raptors||22||17||Clippers, Knicks, Spurs||+24000|
|San Antonio Spurs||23||25||Heat, @Grizzlies, @Pistons, @Raptors||+50000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||24||28||@Suns, Knicks, Mavericks||+50000|
|Portland Trail Blazers||25||22||Jazz, @Lakers, Hawks||+10000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||26||27||@Bucks, Jazz, Suns||+50000|
|Sacramento Kings||27||24||Mavs, Mavs, Heat, @Lakers||+50000|
|Houston Rockets||28||26||Heat, Nuggets, @76ers||+50000|
|Orlando Magic||29||29||Bucks, @Celtics, @Bulls||+50000|
|Detroit Pistons||30||30||Knicks, Spurs, @Bucks||+50000|
Odds via FanDuel
Where’s The Value?
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors just knocked off the Suns on Christmas Day, 116-107. Therefore, the Warriors have to get the top spot for that win on the road.
However, the Warriors could move down the rankings next week with Draymond Green out of action due to health and safety protocols. The Warriors will have Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins back but will be without the glue in Draymond Green.
Eventually, though, when Klay Thompson comes back, and Draymond Green is available again, the Warriors will be a tough out. There’s value on the Warriors right now. You can take them now or wait until after the week is over. The Warriors might struggle without Draymond Green, although it’s certainly not a given.
The Chicago Bulls were one of the first teams to really get walloped with COVID. They were without so many key pieces for a long time. With a healthy lineup and a 21-10 record, the Bulls are a dangerous team with Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic.
The Bulls are playing extremely well and can now take advantage of other teams without players due to COVID.
Teams You Should Stay Away From
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have two of their best players out with injuries. Paul George was the latest to go on the injury list. At first, the team said they’d expect him out for a month. Now things are looking a little bit worse. There was a report that the Clippers are unsure if Paul George will return this season from injury.
It’s all downhill for the Clippers right now. I know it’s appealing, but don’t bite!
Portland Trail Blazers
We’re just waiting for the time where C.J. McCollum gets back to playing with the Blazers. After being diagnosed with a collapsed lung, reports are that McCollum could get back to playing on the hardwood soon. However, with a 13-20 record, his presence might be a little too late to push this team back into the playoff hunt.
It’s always fun rooting for Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum in the playoffs, but it’s looking unlikely that they’ll make any kind of run this year. Next up on the Blazers slate will be the Jazz. Good luck.
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