NBA Betting: Power Rankings for Week 2
We’re now a week into the NBA season, and we’ve already seen some wild things. There have been upsets, injuries, and some wild endings. Let’s take a look at this Week’s Power Rankings, as we’ll rank the Top 8 teams in the league at this point in the season so you can wager against their NBA odds.
NBA 2020-21 Power Rankings (Top 8)
1. Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron and company are looking good. Even though they lost on opening night to the Clippers, the Lakers still have one of, if not the best team in the league. They’ll lose some games along the way, as Frank Vogel will be giving LeBron and Anthony Davis nights off, especially the second game of back-to-backs. They rebounded well after their loss, dominating Dallas and Minnesota. They then lost a heartbreaker to Portland.
2. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets started off the season 2-0. Kevin Durant looked like his old self, and Kyrie Irving looked like an all star. After the fast start, the Nets have lost two in a row. Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with a torn ligament in his knee. The Nets have guarded well and have shown an ability to play tough defense. KD & Irving will take some nights off, but the Nets are showing everyone that they’re for real.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
Even though the Bucks lost to the Knicks, they’re still one of our top teams. Jrue Holiday has come in and made a difference. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have played well. If they can stay healthy, and can get some offense from other sources besides Giannis, Harden, and Holiday, then the Bucks can make a run at the NBA title.
4. Miami Heat
The Heat have picked up right where they left off, as they’ve gotten off to a nice start to the season. Duncan Robinson has been spectacular to start the season, and Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have also played well. The Heat may not be loaded with superstars, but they have the ability to make a long playoff run.
5. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers got off to a great start, and then they were beaten by Dallas by 50. Kawhi Leonard didn’t play in that game. When the Clippers have a full squad, they can play with anyone. They may still make some moves throughout the season to keep up with the Lakers.
6. Philadelphia 76ers
The changes that were made in the offseason have paid off. Now that Simmons and Embiid are surrounded by shooters, the Sixers offense looks a lot better. With a little tweaking, and maybe an addition or two, look out for the Sixers.
7. Utah Jazz
With Donovan Mitchell leading the way, Rudy Gobert protecting the rim, and Quin Snyder running the show, the Jazz are a threat in the West. The Jazz have a very balanced squad, and Snyder does a great job of putting everyone in spots where they can succeed.
8. Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic is a generational talent. He may be the best passing center ever. He has been a triple-double machine this season. Denver got off to a slow start, but they dismantled Houston on Monday night. Once they get back into form, they’ll be tough to deal with.