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POWER RANKING

We Rank the Top NBA Teams from best #1 to worst #30

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Is the average line a team’s been assigned by the Sportsbooks

POWER LINE

We use computer formulated projections to calculate a hypothetical odd for an event

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We show your Edge by calculating the difference between the Avg Line and the Power Line.

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OddsTrader NBA Power Rankings

Whether you're looking for NBA play in tournament rankings, NBA playoff rankings, or regular season NBA power rankings, OddsTrader has it all. Our NBA power rankings take into account everything from the starting lineup to bench depth, injury reports, historical patterns, and positional mismatches, all of which can be instrumental in turning an average handicapper into a winning one!

The betting tools provided by OddsTrader allow our users to peel back the layers of every contest so that they can gain a better understanding of the upcoming matchups for each NBA team. If you pool all the resources available at OddsTrader you will get a clear snapshot of what to expect based on the information provided right here at your fingertips.

When you land on our National Basketball Association NBA Odds, Lines and Scores page the default is the Odds tab. You will notice four tabs at the top middle of the page with the first being Odds followed by ATS Standings, Futures, and finally Power Rankings. And while all four tabs offer a wealth of knowledge, we will focus exclusively on the Power Rankings tab.

Before we go on, it is important to define what we mean by NBA Power Rankings and the information provided within. Without further ado, let us answer that question and then explain the entire page so that we are well-equipped with the knowledge contained herein to become a more informed sports bettor.


What Are NBA Power Rankings?

OddsTrader compiles and updates its NBA power rankings, which rank teams from best to worst based on their performances coupled with the level of opposition they've faced. We can only speculate how good the teams will be before the season begins, but how the clubs performed last year and how their team is shaping up entering the current season is a strong indicator.

And if you are landing on this page before the season, you should understand that there can be wholesale changes during the offseason which encompasses everything from retirements, trades, rookie draft picks, free agency signings, coaching changes, and even rule changes that could affect a team’s offensive and defensive game plans. OddsTrader takes all of these into account when creating its NBA Power Rankings and you will also note that during the season these rankings are dynamic and fluctuate depending on each team’s most recent performance.

Below we will list our Dynamite Dozen NBA Preseason Power Rankings entering the 2021-2022 campaign which is different than The Athletic NBA power rankings, NBA power rankings Bleacher Report, NBA player power rankings, NBA future power rankings, NBA power forward rankings, NBA MVP power rankings, the NBA position power rankings, NBA draft power rankings, NBA defense power rankings, NBA West power rankings, NBA power rankings Raptors, NBA power rankings Western Conference or the NBA center power rankings.

And although these rankings will change throughout the season, it is important to note that this NBA power rankings list is based on the way the teams ended last year and what we believe is ahead for each team entering this year. The NBA power rankings Week 6 will undoubtedly look different than our preseason list but all of the updated NBA power rankings will be different, to one degree or another. Here at OddsTrader, we will give you the latest NBA power rankings, day after day, throughout the season. Below are our NBA power rankings 2021.

  1. Brooklyn Nets - Had it not been for injuries to Kyrie Irving and James Harden, decimating two-thirds of Brooklyn's Big Three, we could be talking about the defending NBA champion Nets at the top of the NBA Power Rankings. But instead, we are left to wonder if there is enough room at the Barclays Center to accommodate the immense egos that accompany their equally prodigious talents. Nevertheless, with a year under their collective belts, the three-headed monster should be even more lethal this upcoming season as the Pain Train from Brooklyn rolls into an arena near you.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers - At some point, Father Time will catch up to LeBron James and the Lakers will be in a frenetic search for an All-Star talent or two to join Anthony Davis and keep the big man happy in La La. But that is a discussion for another day because it is quite obvious we are assuming that LeBron will continue to dazzle as evidenced by the Lakers occupying the No. 2 spot in our preseason NBA Power Rankings this week. But two men alone cannot win a championship, especially when three of the best were unable to do it in Brooklyn so the Lakers will have to fill all of the holes left by as many as 11 LA players heading into free agency. Yikes!
  3. Milwaukee Bucks - As stated below, we are completely aware there will be righteous indignation in Milwaukee after reading this list. After all, the Bucks just won the NBA championship after digging themselves out of a 2-0 hole to roar back and take four straight from a young and talented Suns' team. But let's be real, it took the Bucks seven games to bounce a wounded Nets' club from the postseason. They also avoided the Lakers in the NBA Finals due to the same reason. However, this is an immensely talented team and Milwaukee could very well have the best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, in a league full of extraordinary talents.
  4. Phoenix Suns - So close but yet so far. Chris Paul was supposed to have been the calming influence on a team full of talented young guns when they got giddy and lost their control. And he was precisely that throughout much of the regular season and the playoffs until things came crashing down, starting in Game 3 of the NBA Finals when they could not muster the intestinal fortitude to beat back the storm that was looming in the form of the Greek Freak and his band of Bucks. The Suns will be a contender next season, there is little doubt of that, but Chris Paul may not be in their plans as he is due for a salary bump to north of $44 million next season, which could be too rich for Phoenix's blood. But even without the Point God, the Suns are stacked with young talent who can now say they won a conference finals matchup and played in an NBA championship series.
  5. Golden State Warriors - Golden State, a team that struggled in the play in game and couldn't even cop the eighth seed in the Western Conference before they got bounced out of the postseason parade, is No. 5 in our power rankings. Too high, you think? Well whether they will be here in the final week of the regular season is anyone's guess but with Steph Curry returning and Klay Thompson arriving with a clean bill of health after two years on the shelf with an ACL injury, we could see the return of the Splash Brothers along with a motivated Draymond Green and an ever-improving James Wiseman down low. Don't underestimate the Warriors this season as they also hold the No. 7 and No. 14 picks in the NBA Draft, which could provide an injection of young, impactful talent that they don't have on their roster as presently constituted, with the notable exception of Wiseman.
  6. Los Angeles Clippers - The Clippers could be the biggest wild card of all as Kawhi Leonard is nursing a partially torn ACL after undergoing surgery to have it repaired. He will not be ready for the start of the season but what is even worse is that he could declare himself a free agent in August and be plying his trade somewhere else this upcoming season. There is also the issue of retaining Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. Paul George is a world-class talent and if this group can return intact then they have the chops to make a deep postseason run.
  7. Philadelphia 76ers - It only took the 76ers five games to oust their first-round opponents from Washington before they were stunned by the upstart Atlanta Hawks in seven games. It was a miserable end to a highly promising season as they fell on their swords in their homecourt and watched Ben Simmons melt like butter in a blast furnace. If the honeymoon is finally over between Simmons and the Sixers, Philly management will have to engineer a deal that will bring a big-time talent to the City of Brotherly Love. The only problem is that they will be selling Ben Simmons stock at an all-time low and will likely be unable to get a comparable talent.
  8. Utah Jazz – My, oh my, the Jazz were fun to watch in the truncated 2020-2021 season but only those in Salt Lake truly believed their boys were legitimate contenders. After all, this is a team that couldn't get it done with Karl "The Mailman" Malone, John Stockton, and Mark Eaton all playing together for over a 10 year span and the best they could do is lose two back-to-back NBA Finals. As good as the Jazz were during the regular season, the likes of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Mike Conley did not conjure visions of championship glory. Very good...yes. Great....no. What's going to change this time around that will put this bunch over the top and bring the first world championship to Salt Lake? Get back to us when you come up with an answer.
  9. Denver Nuggets -Nikola Jokic was a most deserving MVP winner last season and he will continue to be one of the most dynamic players this season. However, there is uncertainty on the Nuggets roster as Jamal Murray continues to recuperate from his torn ACL while Paul Millsap and JaVale McGee are free agents. This team needs a major shot in the arm to be a legitimate threat in the West and it wouldn't be a bad thing to see another team threaten the Lakers' reign of terror, assuming LA is fully healthy, unlike last season.
  10. Dallas Mavericks - All you need to know about the Mavericks is that Luka Doncic looks poised to enter the NBA Hall of Fame at the tender age of 22. He has been a beast since entering the league and put to rest the notion that foreign players struggle to make it in the world's greatest basketball league. The Dallas front office has been redecorated with GM Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle exiting while the duo of Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd take their respective places. And while a change could do the Mavs good, what they really need is a blockbuster deal to give Doncic another superior talent to play ball with in order to compete with all of the other super teams out there.
  11. Boston Celtics – It is silly to think that the Celtics would be as low as No. 11 in our NBA team power rankings with all of that young talent. But we have to remember they were only a .500 team last year during the regular season and were completely outclassed by the Nets in the opening round of the playoffs when they were defeated 4-1 in the series.

There are several issues in Beantown with the first being Marcus Smart’s insistence on shooting the three-ball instead of sticking to what he does best – sticking on opposing players like glue. His offense is rather offensive and if he continues to shoot from beyond the arc then he will be the opposing team’s best player.

Also, the fragile Kemba Walker never worked out to be the veteran superstar needed to push the bourgeoning stars, Jayson Taytum and Jaylen Brown, to dizzying heights. But the good news is Walker and his big-ticket salary are gone after getting dealt to the Thunder for old friend, Al Horford. Horford might not be the answer but he did play with Boston for a few years and he is a calming presence both on and off the floor.

Also, former coach, Brad Stevens, got kicked upstairs to replace Danny Ainge while former Brooklyn assistant coach, Ime Udoka, gets his first shot at the big chair in Boston. Change has to be good because last season was an unmitigated disaster considering the talent the Green had on their roster.

  1. Miami Heat - Jimmy Butler is the straw that stirs the drink in Miami while Bam Adebayo makes one heck of a bartender. But after that, the Heat will have to contend with what to do with Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala, both of whom have team options in their contracts. The team needs what every team wants, another bona fide superstar to complement the two they already have in Butler and Adebayo.

Miami needs more depth and just more punch in their lineup. They seem to always make the best with what they have, although that distinction belonged to the Atlanta Hawks last season, a team that is conspicuously absent from this list. But the Heat were exposed in the first round of the playoffs when they lost the first two games on the road in Milwaukee, only to come home and get destroyed by the eventual NBA champs.

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What’s on Tap?

Bucks’ fans will be unhappy with these rankings, particularly after they won the NBA championship and ended a 50-year drought. However, injuries played an enormous factor in the outcome of the 2020-2021 truncated season, and teams like the Nets and Lakers were adversely impacted because of it. But these are only preliminary NBA power rankings and once the teams hit the hardwood, the rankings will change predicated on each team’s performances and caliber of competition.

It should also be noted that once the regular season ends, the power rankings do not. That's because OddsTrader continues ranking each team during the play in tournament once the playoffs begin. The first-round playoff series from the top seed, to the second seed, third seed, fourth seed, down to the eighth seed will all be ranked, and don't be surprised if our power rankings don't identically reflect the playoff seedings. We will be ranking teams all the way from the Eastern Conference playoffs through the Eastern Conference Finals to the NBA Finals.

And no, we didn't forget about the Western Conference play in game and play in tournament rounds all the way from the first round through the rest of the playoff matchups. No matter how many games remaining, whether it is the last nine games, last seven games, five games, final four games, three games, or two games left in the NBA season, we rank all the teams still in the mix. No matter how many games, even if only two games are remaining or it is the conference finals, we will have the latest rankings for OddsTrader readers.


Navigating the NBA Power Rankings Page

Let's start at the top of the page where you will see Team Ranking. That is self-explanatory but just in case you are completely unfamiliar, it is where OddsTrader ranks each NBA team, 1-30. If you slide your eyes below you will see each team with a numerical ranking and underneath you will see, for example, Next: May 12th vs. Utah -1, This simply means the team you are looking at is playing the Utah Jazz on May 12th and the Jazz are one Power Ranking below the team in question.

If you now look to the right of Team Ranking you will see four more headings. From left to right those headings are Change, Avg. Line, Power Line, and Betting Edge.


Change

The Change heading is simply how far up or down the team went based on where they were in the Power Rankings the previous day. These Power Rankings are dynamic and are often volatile depending on the performances of each team and the caliber of competition they faced. If a team was ranked 19th and moved up to 14th the reader would see a green arrow with a 5 next to it meaning that team improved five spots.


Avg. Line

The next heading is Avg. Line (Average Line) which is the consensus line at all of the best online sportsbooks on the game in question. If you see -1 it means the team you are looking at is a one-point favorite against their next opponent. Conversely, if you see +4 it means the team you viewing is a four-point underdog against their next opponent.


Power Line

As we move across the page, we see Power Line which is essentially the line that the pros over at OddsTrader have derived. We use computer formulated projections to produce hypothetical odds for an event based on the calculated results. Oftentimes the OddsTrader Power Line will be different than the actual lines being offered at all of the best online sportsbooks.


Betting Edge

And this leads us to the Betting Edge which is calculating the difference between the Avg. Line and the Power Line. If the Betting Edge is a plus number, then that means the team you are looking at is getting good value at the current NBA odds. The larger the number, the greater the disparity between the current line and our computer-generated line which theoretically means the more advantageous the betting opportunity.


Whose Line is it Anyway?

If you look to the top right of the page you will see World. Click here and you will see the consensus line that is used as the default to this page. However, you will see there is a dropdown menu consisting of other states that are dealing odds on these matchups and those states are the following: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa, Colorado, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia, and Michigan.

Here you can get a birds-eye view of what the different jurisdictions are dealing and compare those to the lines you are getting at the sportsbook of your choice. If you are getting an advantageous line then don't hesitate, lock in and bet it at that number before it changes. However, if your line is not as good as others out there then either bet it at another book or wait for the number to come around. Sometimes it will but sometimes it won't so it is always better to have multiple accounts rather than keeping your fingers crossed that the one sportsbook with which you do business will eventually render a line that you like.

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Click the Matchup Before the Game

The offerings you see when you click the matchup will be different depending on when you click. If it is before the game you will see the following: Matchup, Prediction, Odds, Line History, and Injuries. Let's go through these options and demonstrate what each has to offer.


Matchup

This details the ATS (Against the Spread) and straight-up records of both teams. It will be in the format below using the following hypothetical example:

Knicks 4-2 (12th) - Against the Spread - Spurs 2-3 (22nd)

Knicks 3-3 (14th) - Straight Up - Spurs 2-3 (21st)

Knicks +2.5 - Straight Up Units (These units represent moneyline wagers) - Spurs -1.75

Knicks 2-4 - Over / Under - Spurs 1-4

If we scroll down a bit further we will see the per game average statistics for both teams which give us an accurate snapshot of the teams' offense and defense. We can view a side-by-side comparison of both squads and how they match up. The categories include Points per Game, Field Goals Made per Game, Field Goals Attempted per Game, Field Goal Percentage per Game, 3 Point Field Goals Made per Game, 3 Point Field Goals Attempted per Game, 3 Point Field Goal Percentage Average, Free Throws Made per Game, Free Throws Attempted per Game, Free Throw Percentage Average, Possessions per Game, Rebounds per Game, Offensive Rebounds per Game, Defensive Rebounds per Game, Assists per Game, Turnovers per Game, Steals per Game, Blocks per Game, Personal Fouls per Game, Defensive Rating, and Offensive Rating.

As we scroll down beyond that, we will see each team's last five opponents replete with the date of the game, final score, closing point spread, and the posted total. Next to the final score and under the SU (Straight Up) category you will see either an orange icon indicating a loss or a green icon indicating a straight-up win. Next to the point spread and under ATS, you will see an orange icon for a blown cover or a green icon for a cover. After that, you will notice next to the posted total a navy icon indicating the game had gone over or a light grey icon indicating the game had gone under. A royal blue icon with a P in the middle (meaning Push) indicates the final score landed exactly on the number.

Finally, at the bottom of the page, you will see the five most recent head-to-head meetings with the same information as stated above.


Prediction

Here you will find a prediction based on the recent performance of both teams and it will be predicated on the point spread as opposed to the moneyline or straight-up winner.


Betting Edge

And this leads us to the Betting Edge which is calculating the difference between the Avg. Line and the Power Line. If the Betting Edge is a plus number, then that means the team you are looking at is getting good value at the current NBA odds. The larger the number, the greater the disparity between the current line and our computer-generated line which theoretically means the more advantageous the betting opportunity.


Odds

The latest NBA odds including the point spread, moneyline, and total from the best online sportsbooks in the industry will all be listed here. You will notice a dropdown menu with the word "Game" as the default but you can also get odds on the first half, second half, first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, and fourth quarter.


Line History

The lines from any of the best online sportsbooks will be located here for you to see and you will be able to view each time the line changed at that particular sportsbook. You are allowed to do this with the point spread, moneyline, and total. The default is the game line but there is a dropdown menu that permits you to see where the lines moved vis a vis the first half, second half, first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, and fourth quarter.


Injuries

Perhaps the most important tab is this one. OddsTrader details all of the reported injuries from each team, when the injury was reported, and a status update for the game in question.


Click the Matchup After the Game

Maybe you are simply curious or perhaps you want to glean more information from this game to use in a future matchup, but whatever your reason, this is where you can see a snapshot of the game after it is played. The first three categories only appear when you click the matchup after the game which are BetCast, Plays, and Stats.


BetCast

First we see the box score at the top and directly below it reveals the ATS winner with the closing point spread next to it and then the number of points by which the ATS winner covered the spread. Underneath you will find the moneyline winner and the closing total and by how many points it went over or under the posted total.

If you scroll down further you will see a Top Scorers heading. Here the top scorers from both teams are listed and below you will see the following categories: Points, Field Goals Made, Field Goals Attempted, Field Goal Percentage, 3 Point Field Goals Made, 3 Point Field Goals Attempted, 3 Point Field Goal Percentage, Free Throws Made, Free Throws Attempted, and Free Throw Percentage.

Underneath that, you will see the Top Rebounders with Total Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Offensive Rebounds, and defensive Rebounds Percentage.

Team Statistics comes next where you can see Points, Field Goals Made, Field Goals Attempted, Field Goal Percentage, 3 Point Field Goals Made, 3 Point Field Goals Attempted, 3 Point Field Goal Percentage, Free Throws Made, Free Throws Attempted, Free Throw Percentage, Possessions, Rebounds, Offensive Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Assists, Turnovers, Steals, Blocks, Personal Fouls, Defensive Rating, and Offensive Rating.

Lastly, you will see Recent News with information from various sources including social media about the game, the players, and any other interesting tidbits being tossed about the internet.


Plays

This is where you can read a complete play-by-play of the game from the tip-off to the final buzzer. Nothing more and nothing less. This allows you to read how the game ebbed and flowed throughout.


Stats

At the top of this page is a redux of the Team Statistics found on the BetCast page which includes Points, Field Goals Made, Field Goals Attempted, Field Goal Percentage, 3 Point Field Goals Made, 3 Point Field Goals Attempted, 3 Point Field Goal Percentage, Free Throws Made, Free Throws Attempted, Free Throw Percentage, Possessions, Rebounds, Offensive Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Assists, Turnovers, Steals, Blocks, Personal Fouls, Defensive Rating, and Offensive Rating.

And as we scroll lower we find Player Statistics which details every active player's offensive and defensive statistics for that game. This gives us detailed insight into the performances of players on both teams.


Injuries

Perhaps the most important tab is this one. OddsTrader details all of the reported injuries from each team, when the injury was reported, and a status update for the game in question.

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