NBA Betting: 2021 Power Rankings January 5th Edition
Now that we’re three weeks into the NBA season, each team has seven or eight games under their belt. Players are playing their way back into shape, and we’re seeing how back-to-backs are affecting teams differently. Let’s rank the top teams in the NBA after the first three weeks of the season. Here are this week’s NBA Power Rankings so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
NBA 2021 Power Rankings Heading Into Week 4
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are 6-2 on the young season. LeBron James isn’t playing the minutes that he has played in the past. Frank Vogel is toying with the rotations, and mixing and matching the different player combinations. When the game is on the line, everyone knows that LeBron and Anthony Davis are going to be the ones taking the shots. Even if they know it, they’re still going to have a hard time stopping these two.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
The 7-1 Sixers are on a five game winning streak. Doc Rivers has brought a defensive mindset to Philadelphia. The offense is still a work in progress, but Joel Embiid has been very good to start the season. With the floor spaced with shooters, Embiid has room to work and is making the most of the space that he has. As the season goes on, the Sixers should only get better.
3. Phoenix Suns
The moves that the Suns made in the offseason are paying off. Chris Paul has brought leadership to the Suns, and Jae Crowder has brought toughness. The Suns have been very good on the defensive end of the floor, which many thought would be their weakness. If Devin Booker, Paul, DeAndre Ayton and Mikael Bridges can continue to play well, the Suns can contend in the West.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
When Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are on, the Clippers are tough to beat. The Clippers have relied on jump shots to start the season, and they’ve been hitting them. If they hit a cold spell, things could turn sour for the Clippers.
5. Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis still isn’t where he needs to be, but he’s still having an excellent season. The Bucks have the best offense in the league right now, so if they continue to put up points at this pace, they’ll be tough to stop.
6. Indiana Pacers
Even though they’ve lost TJ Warren for a significant amount of time, the Pacers are still playing well. Domantas Sabonis, Victor Oladipo, and Myles Turner are playing well on the offensive end. If the Pacers can tighten up their defense (especially in transition), they can make some waves in an Eastern Conference that’s up for grabs.
7. Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown are stars. Brown has really stepped it up this season, and is playing at an all-NBA level. He’s averaging nearly 27 points per game, and is a monster on the defensive end of the floor, where he and Marcus Smart cause havoc. While many thought that the Celtics would really miss Kemba Walker, rookie Payton Pritchard has stepped in and been a big surprise for the Celtics.