Week 11 NBA Power Rankings for Sportsbook FansPosted by: Mike Davis
Now that the dust has settled on the holiday season and online NBA betting fans are ready to kick in the New Year, it’s time for a new and updated NBA Power Rankings. Even though these rankings aren’t absolute and can vary wildly throughout the season, they at least provide sportsbooks fans a clear and easy window into which teams are currently the hottest, and therefore, which teams are more likely to win. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest NBA Power Rankings through Week 11.
This past Friday LeBron James woke up on his 32nd birthday with an extensive resume; 27,544 points, 7,289 rebounds and 7,057 assists. For comparison, Kobe Bryant, who like LeBron went pro straight out of high school, only had 25,790 points scored when he reached 32. That fact alone is one of the many reasons most basketball betting sites favor James, regardless of what team he is on. Additionally, the Cavs retain the top spot because James was absent from their Monday night loss against Detroit.
The addition of Durant has certainly helped the Warriors achieve the status of the best team in the league, but it’s undeniable that Golden State doesn’t have that atmosphere of invulnerability that they emitted all year long in 2016. Perhaps the online NBA betting community sets the bar too high for the Warriors but there’s no denying that the best team in the NBA is either Golden State or the Cavs. Luckily enough for sportsbook fans, these two will settle that debate in two weeks when the Cavs travel to Oakland to take on the Warriors.
Thanks to Harden’s 3-straight triple-double performances, the Rockets have turned in a 4-0 week which was highlighted by the Beard’s spectacular 53-point, 17-assist, and 16-rebound night against the New York Knicks. No other NBA team attempts more 3-point shots per game than Houston (39.7) and that combined with Harden’s impressive feats have given the Rockets a 15-2 record in December. Ultimately cementing themselves in the top 5 as well as bringing attention to Harden’s glorious beard.
The Spurs are currently one of four teams in the NBA to rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. There was a bit of uncertainty as to how well the Spurs would fare this season with the departure of Duncan, but San Antonio’s 12-2 December record was a pretty good indication that the Spurs have had no problem keeping things rolling. Additionally, San Antonio has won 5 games this season in which they were behind by 13 or more, proving to online NBA betting fans that this team has both the resiliency and talent to get the job done.
Some might want to argue with this ranking considering how poorly the Raptors have been recently, most notably against the Suns. This upcoming week Toronto will face even tougher opposition and sportsbooks will get a good look at the measure of the Raptors. Ultimately how they fare will determine if they retain this position or if they slip in the rankings.