NBA Power Rankings: Celtics remain on top; Bucks getting healthier

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The NBA season is in full swing, players and teams are starting to get comfortable on the court, and the calendar is pushed back to December after an exciting start to the year.

Elite teams are flexing their muscles in the first quarter of the season. As a result, some clubs are beginning to separate in the standings. Elsewhere, others are starting to figure it out after slow starts.

To sort it all out, Rookie Wire took a look at the NBA and ranked each team from worst to first. We come back every week and provide our latest assessment of the top teams and those growing up.

San Antonio Spurs (6-18)

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Last rank: 29

spursThe losing streak reached 11 games. The low point of the week was probably on Wednesday when they squandered a 20-point lead to the Thunder and fell 59-34 in the second half. The team is also close to setting the franchise record for the longest losing streak of 13 games in the 1988-89 season. In other words, efforts to refuel Victor Wembanyama are in full swing.

Orlando Magic (5-19)

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Last rank: 28

Magic enter the game on Monday, having lost eight games in a row, their longest losing streak of the season. On Monday, the team kicks off a five-game home stance with the Bucks and will be looking to get back on track within the friendly confines of the Amway Center.

Detroit Pistons (6-19)

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Last rank: thirty

Pistons pulled off a surprise overtime victory over the Mavericks on Thursday. But beyond that, they’ve struggled after losing four of their last five games.

Houston Rockets (6-17)

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Last rank: 27

Houston won 3-3 in their last six games and recently beat the Suns by one point on Friday. There’s More Good News: Rookie Jabari Smith Jr. looks like the cold season is coming to an end. He is averaging 13.2 points and seven rebounds on 41.9% shooting from three-point range over the past 10 games.

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Charlotte Hornets (7-16)

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Last rank: 26

If you lose sight HornetsA recent 35-point loss to the Celtics seems to change things up a bit. They have gone 3-2 in their last five games and remain afloat without LaMelo Bell. The team has a tough road ahead of them this week (against the Clippers to the Nets, the Knicks to the Sixers), so we’ll see if they can continue.

Chicago Bulls (9-14)

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Last rank: 25

Bulls lost three games in a row and came home after 2-4 on their recent six-game trip. Regardless, DeMar DeRozan plays as an All-Star and Zach LaVine hits a season-high on Sunday with 41 points. Something has to give.

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New York Knicks (11-13)

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Last rank: 23

Nix 3-9 in the last nine games. New York continues to be an enigma on the court, but on Sunday they beat the Cavaliers. The team had some impressive victories but failed to build any real momentum. They have a relatively easy schedule (against the Hawks, Hornets, and Kings), so we’ll see if they can take advantage.

Washington Wizards (11-13)

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Last rank: twenty

Wizards since defeating the Hornets on November 20, they have gone only 1–6 points and are three games above .500. However, Kristaps Porzingis plays perhaps the best basketball of his career. He scored a career-high 41 points last Monday in a win over the Timberwolves and is averaging 27.4 points and 9.4 rebounds over the past five games.

Oklahoma City Thunder (10-13)

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Last rank: 24

Oklahoma City have won two games in a row and are 3-2 in their last five games. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had six consecutive 30-point games as the team also received a big boost from rookie Jalen Williams recently. On Wednesday, he scored a career-high 27 points in a win over Spurs.

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Miami Heat (11-12)

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Last rank: 22

After reviewing a long injury report in November Heat seems to be back in full force. On Friday, they announced an overtime victory over the Celtics as four starters scored at least 20 points. Miami has won four out of five games and is looking to turn things around.

Toronto Raptors (12-11)

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Last rank: 19

Predators welcomed the return of Pascal Siakam after a 10-game absence last week. He has averaged 22.8 points, eight rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals in four games since returning as the Raptors are 2-2 in those games. His addition to the roster will be desperately needed as the Raptors hope to succeed.

Los Angeles Lakers (10-12)

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Last rank: 21

Lakers suddenly climb up the standings after leading 8-2 in their last 10 games. Anthony Davis is in an absolute tear after losing a season-high 55 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday, their third win in a row. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 37.8 points, 13 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in four games.

To learn more about the Lakers, visit LeBron Wire

Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12)

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Last rank: fifteen

Timberwolves went just 1-2 last week and lost to Karl-Anthony Towns with a right calf strain. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The team will need to rely on others, including Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell and others, to energize.

Indiana Pacers (12-11)

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Last rank: eleven

Pacers have gone 2-5 since the beginning of the year 10-6. They went 1-4 in their current seven-game, three-loss trip. However, the main event of the week certainly came on Monday after rookie Andrew Nembhard beat the Lakers in a win-win game. The Pacers closed a 17-point gap in the fourth quarter and won it.

Atlanta Hawks (13-10)

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Last rank: 16

hawks On Wednesday, he broke a three-game losing streak with a win over the Magic. This was followed by a win over the Nuggets without Trae Young. who was reportedly absent due to an altercation with head coach Nate McMillan.. Young downplayed the incidentbut this situation should be monitored as the season progresses.

Brooklyn Nets (13-12)

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Last rank: eighteen

Kevin Durant was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after taking over networks to a 3-1 record. On Monday, he dropped a career-high 45 points in a win over the Magic and averaged 33 points and seven rebounds on the week. The Nets are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

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Los Angeles Clippers (13-11)

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Last rank: fourteen

Clippers lost two in a row after losing to the Kings on Saturday. The team is once again playing without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard as both players continue to recover from injuries. The collective basketball community is still not entirely sure how good the Clippers are this season, but it’s clear they can be dangerous in full force.

Sacramento Kings (13-9)

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Last rank: 17

Having lost three games in a row after a seven-game winning streak, kings returned to the win column three times in a row. They are fifth in the Western Conference but will start a six-game trip from Milwaukee on Wednesday. The team is 5-5 on the road, so we’ll see if they can keep their strong game away from Sacramento.

Dallas Mavericks (11-11)

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Last rank: 13

Mavericks picked up their first road win since Saturday, October 27 against the Knicks. Luka Doncic continues to post insane numbers every night, including a 41-point triple-double on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors. The team is still looking to achieve some stability, but still plans to become one of the best teams in the West.

Portland Trail Blazers (13-11)

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Last rank: 9

Trail Blazers have gone 4-7 since a 10-4 start this season but may be on the verge of turning things around. They won two in a row after they eliminated the Jazz and Pacers at the weekend. Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 45 points in that victory over the Jazz.

Philadelphia 76ers (12-11)

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Last rank: ten

Sixers brought back Joel Embiid last week, and James Harden is expected to return as early as Monday. The team managed to weather the storm without their top two players, and now that they are almost at full strength, they can start to run a bit.

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Utah Jazz (14-12)

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Last rank: 7

Jazz broke a five-game losing streak on Wednesday and appears to be playing better as several players have stepped up lately. On Friday it was rookie Walker Kessler. The 7-footer had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds on a perfect 7-of-7 field goal.

Golden State Warriors (13-11)

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Last rank: eight

golden state two games above .500 for the first time this season. The team has been 6-2 since Nov. 7 and is seventh in the NBA on offense and 12th on defense during that time. It looks like they’ve put a slow start behind them as the group now seems to be picking up steam.

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New Orleans Pelicans (15-8)

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Last rank: 12

Pelicans continue their hot streak of late after being eliminated by the Nuggets on Sunday for their fourth straight win. Jose Alvarado scored a career-high 38 points with eight 3-pointers in that win as New Orleans is second in the Western Conference.

Denver Nuggets (14-9)

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Last rank: 6

Denver lost two in a row, but…



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