Not much has changed in our power rankings from last week. However, there are a couple of teams that look to be frauds as we head into the final stretch of the regular season in the NBA.
Which teams are starting to trend up and which teams are starting to trend down as we approach the postseason?
Check out our Power Rankings for Week 24 below and determine which team has the most value in the futures market, including odds of winning the NBA Championship via FanDuel.
|Team||Rank||Previous||Upcoming Opponents||Odds to win NBA Championship|
|Phoenix Suns||1||1||@GSW, @MEM, @OKC||300|
|Boston Celtics||2||3||@TOR, MIA, IND, WAS||100|
|Memphis Grizzlies||3||4||GSW, @SAS, PHX||1500|
|Milwaukee Bucks||4||5||@PHI, @BKN, LAC, DAL||600|
|Dallas Mavericks||5||6||LAL, @CLE, @WAS, @MIL||2800|
|Philadelphia 76ers||6||7||MIL, @DET, CHA, @CLE||850|
|Golden State Warriors||7||8||@MEM, PHX, UTA, @SAC||700|
|Miami Heat||8||2||SAC, @BOS, @CHI, @TOR||1000|
|Denver Nuggets||9||9||@CHA, @IND, MIN, @LAL||3100|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||10||11||@TOR, @DEN, @HOU||6500|
|Utah Jazz||11||10||@LAC, LAL, @GSW||2100|
|Chicago Bulls||12||15||@NYK, @WAS, LAC, MIA||6500|
|Toronto Raptors||13||14||BOS, MIN, @ORL, MIA||10000|
|Brooklyn Nets||14||12||DET, MIL, @ATL||550|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||15||13||ORL, DAL, @ATL, @NYK, PHI||12000|
|Charlotte Hornets||16||16||DEN, @NYK, @PHI||32000|
|Atlanta Hawks||17||18||@IND, @OKC, CLE, BKN||16000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||18||17||@POR, @LAL, @LAC||32000|
|Los Angeles Clippers||19||19||UTA, @CHI, @MIL, NOP||6500|
|New York Knicks||20||20||CHI, CHA, CLE, @ORL||50000|
|Washington Wizards||21||21||CHI, ORL, DAL, @BOS||50000|
|Los Angeles Lakers||22||23||@DAL, @UTA, NOP, DEN||18000|
|Sacramento Kings||23||24||@MIA, @HOU, @HOU, GSW||50000|
|San Antonio Spurs||24||22||@HOU, MEM, POR, POR||50000|
|Detroit Pistons||25||25||@BKN, PHI, @OKC, @IND||N/A|
|Indiana Pacers||26||26||ATL, DEN, @BOS, DET||N/A|
|Orlando Magic||27||27||@CLE, @WAS, TOR, NYK||N/A|
|Houston Rockets||28||30||SAS, SAC, MIN||N/A|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||29||28||@POR, ATL, DET, PHX||N/A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||30||29||OKC, NOP, @SAS, @SAS||N/A|
Odds via FanDuel
Where’s The Value?
The Boston Celtics have been red hot this season. The Celtics are currently in first place in the East despite starting over 10 games below .500. A duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can’t really be denied. With the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, and most East teams struggling, the Celtics are the one team that looks to be gaining steam.
It’s not just that the Celtics are winning. But the Celtics are beating up on over .500 teams and winning by double digits consistently. There was a lot more value earlier in the season but still, +1000 for a first-place team will do.
The Dallas Mavericks are built to win now. With Luka Doncic leading the way, you can never count out the Mavericks. He’s averaging nearly 28 points per game along with 9.1 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Plus, now he has additional assets on his team like Spencer Dinwiddie and the team is responding well.
Doncic is going to end up with a couple of rings before his career is over. It could happen this year if he plays out of his mind.
Teams You Should Stay Away From
The Nets just lost to the Hornets, at home, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant both in the starting lineup. At this point, enough of the excuses. The Nets have been horrible defensively and the offense has been a bit lackluster too at times.
Ben Simmons isn’t going to change this team that much. He’ll be a great asset if he ever returns but for now, stay far away from the Nets. This team looks tired and weak.
The Bulls will make the postseason, without a doubt. But the Bulls have also struggled against teams over .500 this season. Chicago, to finish off the regular season, has one of the hardest schedules in the NBA. The Bulls are just trying to hold onto a spot outside of the play-in games. Chicago might not even be able to do that.
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