NBA Power Rankings: Week 25 (2022)

We’ve got just one last week before the NBA Playoffs. Things are getting very interesting as we approach the season’s final week. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently two games out of the play-in game in the West, while the Nets are currently in the 10th spot in the East.

Without the play-in game, the Nets wouldn’t be in the playoffs at this moment. Plus, Ben Simmons, who was acquired for James Harden, isn’t likely to make his return to the basketball court this season. For the two preseason favorites, things aren’t looking too hot.

Check out our Power Rankings for Week 25 below and determine which team has the most value in the futures market, including odds of winning the NBA Championship via FanDuel.

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Team Rank Previous Upcoming Opponents Odds to win NBA Championship
Phoenix Suns 1 1 LAL, @LAC, @UTA, SAC 280
Boston Celtics 2 2 @CHI, @MIL, @MEM 950
Milwaukee Bucks 3 4 @CHI, BOS, @DET, @CLE 500
Memphis Grizzlies 4 3 @UTA, @DEN, NOP, BOS 1400
Miami Heat 5 8 CHA, ATL, @ORL 1000
Dallas Mavericks 6 5 @DET, POR, SAS 2400
Golden State Warriors 7 7 LAL, @SAS, @NOP 950
Philadelphia 76ers 8 6 @IND, @TOR, IND, DET 1100
Denver Nuggets 9 9 SAS, MEM, LAL 2700
Toronto Raptors 10 13 ATL, PHI, HOU, @NYK 6500
Minnesota Timberwolves 11 10 WAS, SAS, CHI 6500
Chicago Bulls 12 12 MIL, BOS, CHA, @MIN 5500
Utah Jazz 13 11 MEM, OKC, PHX, @POR 2200
Atlanta Hawks 14 17 @TOR, WAS, @MIA, @HOU 11000
Brooklyn Nets 15 14 HOU, @NYK, CLE, IND 700
Cleveland Cavaliers 16 15 @ORL, @BKN, MIL 13000
Charlotte Hornets 17 16 @MIA, ORL, @CHI, WAS 24000
Los Angeles Clippers 18 19 PHX, SAC, OKC 4900
New Orleans Pelicans 19 18 @SAC, POR, @MEM, GSW 27000
New York Knicks 20 20 BKN, @WAS, TOR N/A
Washington Wizards 21 21 @MIN, @ATL, NYK, @CHA N/A
San Antonio Spurs 22 24 @DEN, @MIN, GSW, @DAL 49000
Los Angeles Lakers 23 22 @PHX, @GSW, OKC, @DEN 27000
Sacramento Kings 24 23 NOP, @LAC, @PHX N/A
Detroit Pistons 25 25 DAL, MIL, @PHI N/A
Indiana Pacers 26 26 PHI, @PHI, @BKN N/A
Oklahoma City Thunder 27 29 POR, @UTA, @LAL, @LAC N/A
Orlando Magic 28 27 CLE, @CHA, MIA N/A
Houston Rockets 29 28 @BKN, @TOR, ATL N/A
Portland Trail Blazers 30 30 @OKC, @NOP, @DAL, UTA N/A

Odds via FanDuel

Where’s The Value?

Philadelphia 76ers

The top four seeds in the East are all very close to one another. Those four teams include Miami, Boston, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. Expectations are incredibly high in each location, but there’s more pressure on Philadelphia over any other team. The 76ers brought in James Harden to pair with a top player like Joel Embiid. There are no more excuses. They’ve taken some nights off, but Philadelphia should be in a good position in the playoffs. At +1100 odds, the 76ers have the best odds of the four teams to make a run for this thing.

Golden State Warriors

The assumption is that Steph Curry will return for the Warriors once the playoffs begin. He’s been sidelined due to injury, but at this point, the Warriors just want to make sure he’s healthy for the playoffs.

The Warriors will have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson playing with one another with no restrictions, along with Draymond Green and all-star Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors are deep, and when they’ve got their stars playing well, creating a tough team to beat.

Teams You Should Stay Away From

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets at +700 is ridiculous. They will have to compete in a play-in game before they even have a shot at playing an actual series in the NBA playoffs. With reports coming out that Simmons won’t play in the play-in game, it’s pretty apparent that the Nets won’t be seeing Simmons on the floor this year. Even with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the floor, the defense has been a struggle. This isn’t going to be the Nets’ year. Don’t take them at +700.

Denver Nuggets

I love Nikola Jokic. He’s the MVP, without a doubt. Jokic took the Nuggets into the playoffs without Jamaal Murray and Michael Porter Jr, but they’ve feasted on teams below .500 and got rocked by teams above .500. Once Denver has to play a higher level of competition, they’re overmatched. The Nuggets are appealing at +2700 with the MVP on their team, but ultimately, they don’t have much star power to match these other top teams.

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