NBA Power Rankings Week 21: Western Conference dominates the top

Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30.

Oklahoman Modified: March 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm •  Published: March 31, 2014
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Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30. Here's our list after 19 weeks of games:

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Power Rankings - Week 21
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
57-16
57-16
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Last Week: 1
Their 17-game winning streak is in serious jeopardy this week with Indiana, Golden State, OKC and Memphis on the schedule.
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Last Week: 1
17-game win streak put to the test this week against Pacers, Warriors and Thunder.
2
52-22
54-19
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Last Week: 2
Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Danny Granger are all dealing with injuries. What kind of toll will it take down the stretch?

Last Week: 3
Starting to consistently play the kind of defense we’re used to. Won six of seven.
3
54-19
52-22
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Last Week: 3
Consider me cautious of OKC winning six of seven. Its schedule was mighty soft over the past two weeks.

Last Week: 4
They are 15-2 in the past 17 games. Hottest non-Spurs team in basketball.
4
49-23
52-22
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Last Week: 4
Forget about karma. Patrick Beverley’s torn meniscus could cripple the Rockets in the playoffs.

Last Week: 2
Struggling offense has failed to score 80 points in four of the past five games.
5
50-22
50-22

Last Week: 6
Dwyane Wade’s latest ailment is a bad hammy. The Heat narrowed Indiana’s gap for homecourt advantage without him.
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Last Week: 5
Tied with Indiana in the loss column. Home court in the East up for grabs.
6
52-22
49-23

Last Week: 5
So much for last week’s win over Miami turning things around. They followed that up with double-digit loss to Washington and Cleveland.
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Last Week: 6
Patrick Beverley (torn meniscus) says he’ll play again this season. Houston’s gonna need him.
7
42-31
45-28

Last Week: 10
Have a three-game stretch against Miami, Houston and Indiana this week that will force them to start playing better. No more skating by against bad teams.
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Last Week: 7
Don’t mind me, just over here daydreaming about a Thunder-Warriors second-round series.
8
45-28
48-27
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Last Week: 8
Lost in the Mark Jackson controversy is Stephen Curry scoring at least 30 in four of his last six.

Last Week: 12
LaMarcus Aldridge played well in recent three-game win streak. Portland regaining its footing a bit.
9
44-30
41-32

Last Week: 7
Keeping us on the edge of our seats. We want to know if their first-round pick is coming to OKC.

Last Week: 10
First to break 80 wins if Chicago and Indiana battle in Round 2.
10
48-27
42-31

Last Week: 12
They’re 3-0 since LaMarcus Aldridge returned and should be able to finish their final seven strong. Not too many tests remaining.

Last Week: 11
Clinched a better than .500 record for the first time in seven seasons.
11
44-30
43-30

Last Week: 13
No excuse for a 16-point road loss to the Lakers on Sunday with what the Suns are playing for.

Last Week: 8
They finish the season with Phoenix and Dallas. Both could be playoff play-in games.
12
41-32
44-30

Last Week: 11
D.J. Augustin might have found a new home in Chicago. He’s coming off a career-high 33 points Sunday.

Last Week: 9
Clinging to the eight seed with eight games left. Can Dirk bring them home?
13
43-30
39-33

Last Week: 9
My money says they still get in and Phoenix falls short.
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Last Week: 13
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 29-12 in 2014.
14
39-33
44-30
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Last Week: 14
After three straight road overtime games, two of them losses, they got two trouble-free double-digit home wins over Cleveland and Minnesota.

Last Week: 15
Loss to the Lakers on Sunday was potentially crippling for their playoff hopes. Nightmare schedule remains.
15
38-35
38-35
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Last Week: 15
John Wall continues to prove he’s a capable 3-point shooter. He’s made 44.7 percent from that range since the All-Star break.

Last Week: 14
This potential Raptors-Wizards first round series could be weirdly entertaining.
16
35-38
36-36
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Last Week: 16
With a soft schedule down the stretch, look for them to make a push to try to avoid Miami or Indy in the first round.
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Last Week: 16
36-36, destined for 41-41.
17
31-43
35-38

Last Week: 18
Just a game out of the eighth seed and starting to look like they’ll get it.
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Last Week: 17
Al Jefferson gets buckets.
18
36-36
31-43

Last Week: 17
Someone wrote last week that Steven Adams should pattern his game after Nikola Pekovic. What???

Last Week: 20
Annnnnnnd here come the Knicks, now only a game out of the playoffs.
19
32-41
32-41

Last Week: 20
Every win they get is a gut punch to Philadelphia, which owns their first-rounder this year…and they’ve won five of six.

Last Week: 21
Only thing holding Anthony Davis from superstardom is tendency to get injured.
20
32-41
31-41

Last Week: 19
Nailed my preseason prediction. They’re officially been eliminated from the postseason.

Last Week: 18
Depleted roster slowly losing its grip on the eighth seed in the East.
21
30-45
32-41

Last Week: 22
They’ve now beaten the Clippers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Warriors and Pacers this year.

Last Week: 19
Were playing well before recent 3-game losing streak to Thunder and Spurs twice.
22
31-41
30-45

Last Week: 21
Seems they’re trying their best to get into the lottery this year.

Last Week: 23
Won four of five, including a beatdown of the Pacers on Sunday.
23
25-48
25-48
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Last Week: 23
Ray McCallum looked mighty comfortable filling in for Isaiah Thomas last week.

Last Week: 22
Haven’t beat an above-.500 team since early February.
24
25-48
23-50

Last Week: 26
Words you never want to hear players on your team utter: “We’re playing spoiler.”
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Last Week: 24
Rajon Rondo had a near triple-double in a win over Miami last week. Felt like the 2012 Playoffs.
25
26-47
25-48

Last Week: 24
Wonder what Mo Cheeks thought of their loss to the Sixers.
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Last Week: 25
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
26
23-50
23-51

Last Week: 25
With 50 losses, Brad Stevens has now lost more in one year with the Celtics than he did in six seasons (49 losses) at Butler.

Last Week: 27
The Jazz nearly put me to sleep on Sunday at The Peake.
27
21-53
26-47

Last Week: 28
Could have made the playoffs if they were just halfway decent on the road this year.

Last Week: 26
Nightmare season capped by brutal loss to the Sixers.
28
23-51
21-53

Last Week: 27
Imagine a starting five of Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Jabari Parker, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
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Last Week: 28
A respectable 17-19 at home, an atrocious 4-34 on the road.
29
14-59
16-57
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Last Week: 29
Scored 67 points against the Heat over the weekend. They had just 29 at halftime.
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Last Week: 29
26-game losing streak finally snapped. Congrats.
30
16-57
14-59
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Last Week: 30
Single-handedly disproved the league’s “no evidence of teams tanking” stance.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.