NBA Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings: 22 teams hoping their bubble won't burst

NBA Power Rankings: 22 teams hoping their bubble won't burst

Before the global pandemic put the NBA season on ice back in March, there was a healthy debate as to who was the league’s best team. 

The Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) have the best record but there are legitimate concerns about their roster and whether they can continue to be the class of the NBA during the season’s reboot, which begins July 30. 

What about the talented tandem in Los Angeles, the home of the Lakers and the Clippers? Both have shown that they have many of the pieces needed to win a championship. 

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And what about the defending champion Toronto Raptors who have been flying below the radar all season despite having the NBA’s third-best record? The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers can’t be counted out, either. They are indeed the class of the 22 teams that will converge on Orlando, Fla., later this month.

But with this being as unconventional a season as any we’ve ever had in the NBA, none of the teams afforded an opportunity to ball under the bubble can be completely dismissed. 

And with that, here are the Power Rankings for the 22 teams that’ll resume play at the end of the month. 

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NBA Power Rankings: Lakers' big weekend creates separation at the top

NBA Power Rankings: Lakers' big weekend creates separation at the top

BOSTON — With several marquee matchups the past couple of weeks in the NBA, the gridlock at the top is starting to loosen up. 

Analytics-driven analysis has been the basis for many of the team comparisons as far as which teams are the best. 

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But the past week has seen many of the upper echelon teams square off, which has taken away some of the guesswork involved in determining the best teams.

Because of that, there is a noticeable shift at the top of the power rankings this week.

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NBA Power Rankings: Season enters its fourth quarter

NBA Power Rankings: Season enters its fourth quarter

BOSTON — NBA games by and large are defined by what happens in the fourth quarter, which is where the league is right now when you look at the calendar. 

Three-quarters of the season are in the book, but there’s plenty at stake throughout the association in the coming weeks. 

While Milwaukee leads a handful of teams that are poised for a strong postseason surge, there is much work left to be done for a number of teams that are very much in the thick of a race towards one of the last playoff spots. 

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It’ll make for yet another down-to-the-wire finish for the last couple of remaining playoff spots, while sorting out the rest of the postseaon participants won’t be a breeze, either. 

Potential tie-breakers make every conference matchup a must-win game because it could literally be the difference between beginning the playoffs at home versus on the road against one of the better teams in the conference. 

Regardless of where your team stacks up, the final stretch of the NBA season will be a fun one, full of twists, turns and performances by talented players all doing their part to best position their teams for postseason success that will be fueled in part by how they perform in the coming weeks. 

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