NBA power rankings: Kings in top 10; Cavaliers advance as Clippers, Mavericks, and Blazers drop

The Celtics were unable to win the NBA championship last season after losing to the Warriors in six games, but their future seemed promising. Early in the 2022–23 NBA season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the current betting favourite for both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.

  1. Boston Celtics(14-4)

After losing to the Bulls, Boston’s nine-game winning streak came to an end, but the Celtics responded by defeating the Mavericks 125-112 on Wednesday. The NBA’s two highest-scoring teams, Beam Team and Beantown, will square off against one other when the Celtics host the Kings on Friday.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (12-5)

On Wednesday, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 36 points for the Bucks, they fell to the Bulls. Averaging 30.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game, the two-time MVP. Cleveland will visit Milwaukee on Friday.

  1. Phoenix Suns (11-6)

Despite Chris Paul’s injury, the Suns have won three of their last four games. Chris Paul may be close to a return after taking part in practise on Wednesday.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (12-6)

Before Friday’s matchup with the Bucks, the streaky Cavaliers won eight games in a run, dropped five games in a row, and now have won four straight. Averaging 29.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game is Donovan Mitchell.

  1. New Orleans Pelicans, (11-7)

With victories over the Grizzlies, Bulls, and Warriors, the Pelicans have won five of their last six games thanks to Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum. Against San Antonio, Williamson finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds.

  1. Denver Nuggets (11-7)

On Wednesday, Nikola Jokic scored 39 points as the Thunder were defeated in overtime. Averaging 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game, the two-time reigning MVP. Michael Porter Jr. has a 3-point percentage of 42.7%.

  1. Atlanta Hawks (11-7)

On Wednesday, the Hawks snapped Sacramento’s seven-game winning streak thanks to Trae Young’s 35 points. Atlanta has won seven of its last eleven games, defeating the Pelicans, Bucks (2), 76ers, and Raptors among others.

  1. Utah Jazz (12-8)

After losing to the Clippers and Pistons back-to-back, Utah has now dropped five of its last seven games. With three games in four nights against the Warriors, Suns, and Bulls, the Jazz will be put to the test once more.

  1. Sacramento Kings (10-7)

The Kings had a winning streak of seven games, their longest since 2004, until losing to the Hawks 115-106. On Friday, the Beam Team will travel to Boston to take on the Celtics, led by De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.

  1. Indy Pacers (10-7)

With a defeat to Minnesota on Wednesday, 115-101, Indiana’s five-game winning streak came to an end. Behind Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Benedict Mathurin, and Myles Turner, the Pacers had won seven of their previous eight games.

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