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MY NBA Power Rankings For Week Of 12/16

Posted on: December 16, 2008 4:38 pm

NBA Power Rankings For week of 12/16/08

1.  Boston Celtics (23-2)- They have now won 15 in a row, but their big matchup with Atlanta Wednesday night at Phillips Arena should be a big test.  Last week's ranking:  1

2.  Los Angeles Lakers (20-3)- Again, this is a tough call for another week.  Who is number 2?  Well, the Lakers are this week since they have won 3 in a row and the Cavs lost their last game.  The Lakers get the Knicks tonight, they should win that one.  Last week's ranking:  3

3.  Cleveland Cavaliers (20-4)- The Cavs had the chance to break the franchise record with 12 wins in a row, but give Atlanta credit, they beat them.  Friday night, the Cavs meet Denver at Denver, so that should be a fun game to watch.  Last week's ranking:  2

4.  Orlando Magic (19-6)- The Magic continue to stay under the radar, but they earned this spot more than any other team.  Last week's ranking:  4

5.  Denver Nuggets (17-7)- The Nuggets had a big win last night against Dallas.  They have another big game on Friday night against the Cavs.  Anytime Chauncey Billups is on the court, his team has a shot.  Last week's ranking:  6

6.  San Antonio Spurs (15-8)- Stop me if you heard this before.  The Spurs have won 6 in a row and have found themselves a top the Southwest Division.  Their game against the Hornets tomorrow evening should be big.  Last week's ranking:  13

7.  Atlanta Hawks (15-9)- The Hawks earn this spot with a great win over the Cavs Saturday night.  They also have a big showdown with Boston tomorrow evening, that has to be considered a must win for them.  Last week's ranking:  10

8.  New Orleans Hornets (13-7)- A big game tomorrow evening against the Spurs.  Chris Paul once again has emerged into a MVP candidate.  Last week's ranking:  8

9.  Houston Rockets (15-9)- Now the Rockets have Tracy McGrady back, and that can only help them, if he can stay healthy down the stretch.  Last week's ranking:  7

10. Portland Trail Blazers (15-10)- They have lost 3 games in a row, but are still 6-4 in their last 10 games.  They should win tonight against Sacramento.  A big game against the Phoenix Suns Thursday night.  Last week's ranking:  5

11.  Phoenix Suns (15-10)- Jason Richardson has brought the Suns wins, but Steve Nash is still whining about losing his friend.  Hey Steve, it's a business, try and win a championship.  I'm just saying.  Last week's ranking:  15

12. Utah Jazz (15-11)- Carlos Boozer is still hurting, and the Jazz, once unbeatable at home suddenly have become beatable.  They have a game against the Nets on Wednesday.  Last week's ranking:  11

13. Detroit Pistons (13-9)- Well, they have now won 2 in a row, and we haven't heard much negative news about Alan Iverson this week, that has to be considered good, right?  Last week's ranking:  16

14. Dallas Maverics (13-10)- They have fallen a bit the last week, but they have 2 winnable games this week against Toronto and New Jersey respectively.  Last week's ranking:  9

15. New Jersey Nets (12-11)- They finally beat Toronto on Monday.  The question is can they sustain the win and build from there?  Well, their next game is against Utah Wednesday night, that could be the real test.  Last week's ranking:  12

16.  Miami Heat- The Heat have been struggling and are now back at .500.  Their next game is Friday night against the Lakers.  We'll see if D-Wade can carry the team on his back.  Last week's ranking:  14

17. Chicago Bulls (11-12)- The Bulls have been hovering around lately, winning 5 of their last 10 games and they might make their move.  Their next game is against Charlotte tonight.  Last week's ranking:  17

18. New York Knicks (11-13)- They have a game against the Lakers tonight, fresh from a loss Monday night.  I don't like their chances.  Last week's ranking:  19

19. Milwaukee Bucs (11-15)- They have won their last 2 games and the next 3 games are against the 76ers, Knicks, and Clippers.  They might have a 5 game winning streak heading into next week.  Last week's ranking:  20

20. Philadelphia 76ers (10-14)- There was so much promise going into this season that this week, the disappointing 76ers fired Maurice Cheeks.  I am not sure if that was the immedate answer, but we're going to find out.  Last week's ranking:  18

21. Toronto Raptors (10-14)- Another disappointing start, the Raptors have lost their last 2 games.  Their next game is against Dallas Wednesday, so that might not be a good result either.  Last week's ranking:  21

22. Memphis Grizzlies (9-15)- Memphis have now won 4 in a row and have a game tonight against New Orleans.  That might be a loss, but it's at Memphis and the Grizzlies have a 7-5 record at home now.  Last week's ranking:  24

23. Indiana Pacers (8-16)- In my opinion, the Pacers had one of the toughest schedules in the NBA, especially for a young team.  Which makes me feel they will start winning more games.  They are facing Golden State, L.A. Clippers, and Philadelphia.  So they have a shot at winning all 3 of those games, but it has to start right here, right now.  Last week's ranking:  23

24. Los Angeles Clippers (6-17)- The Clippers have played better this week, now have a 2 game winning streak, but there's still plenty of room to improve on.  I am surprised that Mike Dunleavy still has a job.  Last week's ranking:  27

25. Sacramento Kings (7-18)- Reggie Theus was the latest casualty, but the Kings won their game against Minnesota.  They will have a tough game tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.  Last week's ranking:  28

26. Golden State Warriors (7-18)- Well, they have lost 3 in a row, but they do have Charlotte on Saturday.  Last week's ranking:  25

27.  Charlotte Bobcats (7-18)- Losers of 7 in a row, a tough game against Chicago tonight, so is Larry Brown losing his patience?  Last week's ranking:  22

28. Washington Wizards (4-18)- They have lost 3 in a row again, but now with Charlotte struggling, they find themselves only 1 1/2 games from 4th place.  They have 2 matchups with Detroit and Philadelphia 76ers this week.  Last week's ranking:  29

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-20)- Lost 10 in a row, and their next game is against Cleveland tomorrow evening.  Can we say losing 11 in a row?  Last week's ranking:  26

30. Oklahoma City Thunder (2-23)- They have lost 7 more games, but have a chance tonight against the Clippers.  We shall see.  Last week's ranking:  30

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