NBA Power Rankings Update – March 13
The NBA title odds didn’t change too much this week, but we did see the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers flip flop after the most anticipated game of the regular season. Philadelphia fans showed up early to boo Ben Simmons in his return to the City of Brotherly Love, but they left disappointed as the Nets hammered the Sixers 129-100. Simmons has yet to play this season due to a back injury, yet he is expected to return sometime soon as the playoffs are just a month away.
1. Phoenix Suns
This Week’s Odds: +400
Last Week’s Odds: +440
At this point, it would take an epic collapse for the Phoenix Suns not to finish with the top record in the Western Conference. Phoenix has already gone over its preseason win total, and the Suns continue to play well even with Chris Paul out. Devin Booker was sharp in a 111-90 win over the Heat in Miami on Wednesday night, and Phoenix officially became the first team to lock up a playoff spot with the victory.
2. Golden State Warriors
This Week’s Odds: +500
Last Week’s Odds: +450
What is going on with Golden State? The Warriors have really fallen off the last few weeks, and they have lost seven of their last ten games. They are in real danger of finishing as the No. 3 seed, and that would be bad. Either Denver, Dallas, or Utah, will almost certainly be the No. 6 seed, and all of those teams are much tougher opponents than what we will see from the play-in teams. The Nuggets could especially give the Warriors a hard time, as they don’t have a big man that can contain Nikola Jokic.
3. Brooklyn Nets
This Week’s Odds: +650
Last Week’s Odds: +700
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving shredded the Sixers in a rout on Thursday night. Durant proved why many consider him the most talented player in the game with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists while also playing great defense to finish with a +34. Irving was sharp too, while Seth Curry was great upon his return to Philly. Curry is the perimeter shooter the Nets needed to acquire, and he went 10 of 14 from the floor against the Sixers.
4. Philadelphia 76ers
This Week’s Odds: +700
Last Week’s Odds: +650
Meanwhile, James Harden struggled against his former team. Harden only managed to go 3-17 from the floor in the blowout loss, and he turned the ball over four times. Joel Embiid struggled too, but he managed to go to the free throw line 19 times. Philadelphia’s lack of depth and solid options outside of Embiid and Harden were exposed, as this backcourt has serious issues.
5. Milwaukee Bucks
This Week’s Odds: +700 (No Change)
The best bet on the board continues to be Milwaukee at 7-1 to win the title. The Bucks have now won six straight games, and they are currently in line for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Brook Lopez is edging closer to making his return, so the Bucks could run down Miami before the regular season is over and lock up the top spot in the playoffs.