Another week of the 2022 NBA season is in the books, and we are drawing ever closer to the start of the playoffs. That said, with a few weeks still ahead of us, we can still expect to see things change in terms of the standings. We have seen some of those changes take shape in the updated NBA Power Rankings, with some movement in the top 5. As good an indicator as the Power Rankings are, they are not guarantee of success for any team, but that aside, they are still worth paying attention to. Let’s take a look at the current top and bottom 5 so you can continue making your bets against the NBA Odds.
NBA Betting: Power Rankings Update for Week 23
- Phoenix Suns – No change at the top, as the Suns continue to shine. They have won 5 in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10, and all without Chris Paul in the lineup. The great news for Phoenix is that Paul may be back as early as this week.
- Miami Heat – For the longest time, it looked as though we were going to see continued changes at the top of the Eastern Conference, but it now looks as though the Heat are in control. They are up by 2 ½ games with time running out.
- Memphis Grizzlies – No team is catching the Suns at the top of the West, as they now have a 9-game lead, but the Grizzlies are making a strong case for the #2 seed. They have won 7 of their last 10 games and are up there in conference wins.
- Milwaukee Bucks – The defending champions come into this week on the heels of a loss, but they have now won 8 of their last 10. This looks like a team that might be getting hot at just the right time as they look to defend their crown.
- Boston Celtics – With the Bucks moving up a spot in this week’s rankings, someone needed to take the #5 spot. That falls to the Boston Celtics, who are up from the #7 spot last week after winning 4 in a row and 9 of their last 10.
- Sacramento Kings – We are now getting into the realm of teams who have already been eliminated from playoff contention or who are on the brink. With just 2 wins in their last 10, the Kings might be next to officially miss out.
- Detroit Pistons – After a pretty decent run, or at least decent compared to what we have seen this season, the Pistons are on the slide again, seeing their losing streak move to 2 games after a loss to Portland on Monday night.
- Oklahoma City Thunder – The years when the Thunder were competing for championships now seems like a distant memory. They are currently on a 10-game losing skid and look like a team that has downed tools for the year.
- Orlando Magic – We go to see something that we haven’t seen much of at all this season, which was a win for the Magic in their last outing. They still have just 19 wins on the season, only 1 better than the worst team in the league.
- Houston Rockets – That worst team continues to be the Rockets, who come into the new week with just 18 wins on the season. The chances of them moving out of this bottom ranking seem pretty slim at this moment.