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For the first time in a while, the No. 1 team in the NBA Power Rankings is the same as it was ​the week prior as the Denver Nuggets continue to dominate the Western Conference. The Top 10 has a new member while the gap between the Top 12 teams and the rest of the league continues to widen. For the first time in 2019, let's take a look at The Duel's NBA Power Rankings.


Tanking Teams: These teams are are fighting for the No. 1 pick.

30 – Cleveland Cavaliers (8-32) – (Last Week: 29)

The Cavs had a short stint out of the No. 30 spot, but they now have the worst record in the NBA and have lost nine straight. It doesn't get any easier as their next game is against the Indiana Pacers before they travel to the West Coast for a gauntlet against the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. The Cavs are at the bottom and they're not going anywhere soon.


29 – Phoenix Suns (9-32) – (Last Week: 28)

28 – New York Knicks (10-30) – (Last Week: 30)

27 – Chicago Bulls (10-30) – (Last Week: 27)

26 – Atlanta Hawks (12-27) – (Last Week: 26)

25 – Washington Wizards (16-24) – (Last Week: 25)

24 – Orlando Magic (17-23) – (Last Week: 20)

23 – Detroit Pistons (17-21) – (Last Week: 23)

22 – New Orleans Pelicans (19-22) – (Last Week: 24)

21 – Memphis Grizzlies (18-22) – (Last Week: 16)

Memphis has had a rough couple of weeks. After a brief stint at the top of the Western Conference the Grizzlies are 3-12 in their last 15 games. They just traded for Justin Holiday, but it's not clear if that trade will help them dig their way out of this hole. With San Antonio, Houston, and Milwaukee on the upcoming slate, it's not looking great for Memphis right now.

20 – Dallas Mavericks (18-22) – (Last Week: 19)


Lottery Leaders: These could make the playoffs, or they could land in the lottery.

19 – Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21) – (Last Week: 18)

18 – Charlotte Hornets (19-20) – (Last Week: 22)

17 – Miami Heat (19-19) – (Last Week: 17)

16 – Sacramento Kings (20-20) – (Last Week: 14)

The Kings played the Nuggets and Warriors tough this week, but four straight losses is still four straight losses, including one to a depleted Lakers team. As the schedule eases up, the Kings should be able to get back in the Top 15 and be a playoff team in the West, but right now they're just not close enough to the top-tier teams in the league. 

15 – Brooklyn Nets (20-22) – (Last Week: 21)

14 – Los Angeles Lakers (22-19) – (Last Week: 12)

13 – Utah Jazz (20-21) – (Last Week: 15)

12 – Boston Celtics (24-15) – (Last Week: 10)

The Celtics are still a good team, they're just being outpaced by all their competitors right now. With the Spurs on a four-game winning streak, someone had to drop out of the Top 10 and the Celtics were really the only team that didn't have a winning week. The distance between them and the Top 10 is much closer than the distance between the Celtics and the rest of the Lottery Leaders right now.

11 -- Los Angeles Clippers (23-16) – (Last Week: 11)


Warriors Wannabes: Likely playoff teams and possible title contenders.

10 – San Antonio Spurs (24-17) – (Last Week: 13)

The Top 10 was more difficult to reorder this week as every single team had a positive week, except the Warriors (who still went 2-1). The Spurs have gone 8-2 in their past 10 and have beaten the Nuggets, Raptors and Clippers during that stretch. They're hot and basically hurdled themselves into the Top 10 after sitting just outside for much of the season.

9 – Portland Trail Blazers (24-17) – (Last Week: 8)
8 – Oklahoma City Thunder (25-14) – (Last Week: 6)
7 – Houston Rockets (23-16) – (Last Week: 9)
6 – Philadelphia 76ers (26-14) – (Last Week: 7)
5 – Golden State Warriors (26-14) – (Last Week: 3)

Another rough week for the defending champs as they lost to the Rockets on a James Harden buzzer beater after blowing a huge lead. They did still beat the Kings and Suns and it sort of speaks to how insanely good this team is, that losing any game constitutes a bad week. For right now, they just haven't put it together consistently enough to be back in the Top 3. However, a 3-0 week against the bottom of the league should right the ship. They can take back their crown if they then beat the Nuggets next week. 

4 – Indiana Pacers (26-13) – (Last Week: 2)

3 – Milwaukee Bucks (28-11) – (Last Week: 5)

2 – Toronto Raptors (30-12) – (Last Week: 4)

The race for the top team in the East is insanely close right now as the Bucks, Pacers and Raptors could all stake claim to this spot. Toronto gets it thanks to the fact that they just beat the Pacers and Bucks pretty handily over the past week. While they haven't been the most consistent team this year, the Raptors are the first team to 30 wins and hold onto the No. 1 seed in the East right now.

1 – Denver Nuggets (26-12) – (Last Week: 1)

A 3-0 week for the Nuggets keeps them on top, even as their rivals stay hot. No one in last week's Top 10 had a losing week, but the Nuggets were one of the few teams not to lose a game. They have quite the test this week as they travel to Houston, Miami and play the Clippers in LA. If Jokic and company can go 4-1 or better this week, they'll cement their status as the NBA's No. 1 team.


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