NBA Power Rankings: More Jimmy drama and a rising OKC
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The Blazers are on top of the Western Conference, the Celtics wouldn’t have home court if the playoffs started today and the Grizzlies are a half-game behind the defending champs, who have just lost three straight! We’re a month into the 2018-19 season, and things are … odd.
Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Tim MacMahon and Andre Snellings, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring) ranks the league’s 30 teams from top to bottom.
1. Toronto Raptors
PREV. RANK LAST WEEK THIS WEEK 1 1-3 @ORL, @ATL, WAS, MIA
The Raptors took out their frustrations from their three-game losing streak — including an excruciating overtime loss at Boston on Friday — on a hapless Chicago team on Saturday. The numbers during the skid are downright weird. Toronto sported the third-least efficient defense over the streak, yet ranked second defensively in opponent shot quality. Victims of bad luck? Whatever the case, it’s a get-well tour for the Raps this week: road dates at Orlando and Atlanta, followed by home games