For the longest time this season, it looked as though the Western Conference was stronger than the East. From top to bottom, that may still be the case, but if you look at the current NBA Power Rankings, you see a bit of a different story. After Week 14 of the season, it is 3 teams from the Eastern Conference that hold the top 3 spots in the Power Rankings, places that have been held by teams from the West for most of the season to this point. This is not to suggest that there are no great teams in the Western Conference right now, as there certainly are, but how do they rank when compared to one another? Let’s take a bit of a closer look so you can keep placing your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Power Rankings – Western Conference Expert Analysis
With so much attention being paid to the Utah Jazz and their surprising run to the top in the West, the Suns have somewhat stayed off the radar and crept up to the #3 spot, where they are now just 2 games off the pace being set by the Jazz. It has been their performances of late that have them as the highest ranked West team in the NBA Power Rankings at this time. While the Jazz have been slipping and playing .500 ball over the last 10 games, Phoenix have gone 8-2. Perhaps even bigger that that is the fact that they are a very impressive 19-8 against conference foes, which could come in handy once the postseason arrives.
Is there reason to be concerned about the Utah Jazz right now? The Jazz still have the best record in the NBA, but they went on a bit of a slide that started in the week leading up to the All-Star Break, and it is one that they have yet to pull out of. They are coming off a win in their last game, but they are also just 5-5 over the last 10 games and can almost certainly feel the surging Suns breathing down their neck. They have a winning record against conference foes, but 13-6 is not the sort of dominance you would expect from a team currently sitting on top.
Without Anthony Davis in the line-up, the Lakers were reduced to playing .500 ball, a run that saw them fall a little further off the pace in the West. The good news of Davis’ return has now been sunk, though, as they are now going to be without the services of LeBron James for the next few weeks, as he is sidelined with a high ankle sprain. Things could well get worse for the Lakers before they get better, but it might not be a good idea to write them off, assuming they are healthy by the time the postseason rolls around.
The truth of the matter is that we basically not seen the ideal Clippers lineup playing together for the majority of the season. Injuries have made it impossible for this group to gel as they would like, but they are still just 4 games out of the top spot in the conference. The bookies continue to keep the Clippers in among the favorites to win it all, which they could certainly do if they can get everyone out of the treatment room and onto the court.