NBA Betting: 2021 Power Rankings March 30th Edition
Now that the trade deadline has passed, and the major buyouts have already decided on their new destinations, teams are now prepped and ready for their playoff runs. The buyout market seemed to be a prime place for the contenders to improve themselves. As we enter week 15 of the NBA season, we’re going to give our power rankings as they enter a key stretch of the season. With that in mind, let’s get right to it so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
NBA 2021 Power Rankings Heading Into Week 15
1. Utah Jazz
The Jazz hit a bump in the road a couple of weeks ago, losing five of eight, but now they seem to have fixed things up and have won five in a row. Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson have broken out of their shooting slumps, and the Jazz offense is rolling once again. If the Jazz can continue to play well, they’ll pull away from the Suns, Clippers, and Lakers in the West.
2. Brooklyn Nets
Since he forced his way out of Houston and into Brooklyn, James Harden has played at an MVP level. Many are saying that he has a legitimate claim to the league’s MVP award. The Nets have been climbing up the Eastern Conference standings, and could claim the top spot soon. Harden has been doing much of this without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, as both have missed significant time with injuries. The Nets just signed LaMarcus Aldridge, so the rich get richer.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, including winning eight in a row. These two losses came without the services of Giannis Antetokounmpo. He is supposed to return this week, so we’re looking for the Bucks to take off again. PJ Tucker was a major acquisition for the Bucks at the trade deadline, so they’re getting him worked into their rotation. Once he settles in, he’ll be a huge asset for Milwaukee.
4. Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia has been missing Joel Embiid over the last few games. However, they have managed to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings without Embiid, so that was huge for the Sixers. Philadelphia acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, and he and Embiid could both return to the court later this week.
5. Phoenix Suns
At 31-14, the Suns are currently sitting in the second spot in the Western Conference standings. Phoenix didn’t make any significant acquisitions at the trade deadline, so they feel that the group that they have is sufficient to make a deep playoff run. If everyone stays healthy, the Suns will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
6. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers made a risky move at the deadline, trading Lou Williams to Atlanta for Rajon Rondo. The Clippers were already thin on the bench, but this move was made for a playoff run, as Rondo always seems to play at another level in the playoffs. The Clippers came into the week on a five game winning streak, so they seem to be finding their groove. If they can keep Paul George and Kawhi Leonard healthy, they have a shot at taking the Western Conference title.