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NBA Power Rankings: Week 4 (2021-22)

by November 10, 2021
Trae Young

As the NBA enters its fourth week of the regular season the contenders and pretenders are becoming clearer. However, there is a confluence of factors muddying the earlier season results: New Wilson-manufactured game ball, the comeback of fans at all 30 NBA arenas, an irregular offseason break, etc.

That said, there’s plenty of data to source for assigning power ratings in the NBA. Let’s rank the NBA squads through the first three weeks of action.

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NBA Power Rankings: Week 4

Team Rank Upcoming Opponents Records & Net Rating
Golden State Warriors 1 Timberwolves, Bulls, @Hornets, @Nets 9-1 SU, 6-3-1 ATS, 3-7 O/U & 13.2 nRTG
Utah Jazz 2 Hawks, Pacers, Heat 7-3 SU, 6-4 ATS, 3-7 O/U & 9.3 nRTG
Miami Heat 3 @Lakers, @Clippers, @Jazz, @Thunder 7-3 SU, 7-3 ATS, 5-5 O/U & 9.0 nRTG
Philadelphia 76ers 4 Bucks, Raptors, @Pacers 8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS, 3-8 O/U & 7.6 nRTG
Chicago Bulls 5 Mavericks, @Warriors, @Clippers, @Lakers 7-3 SU, 7-3 ATS, 4-6 O/U & 6.9 nRTG
Los Angeles Clippers 6 Trail Blazers, Heat, Timberwolves, Bulls 5-4 SU, 5-4 ATS, 3-6 O/U & 4.1 nRTG
New York Knicks 7 Bucks, @Hornets, Pacers 7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS, 6-5 O/U & 2.0 nRTG
Dallas Mavericks 8 @Bulls, @Spurs, Nuggets 7-3 SU, 3-7 ATS, 1-7-2 O/U & -2.3 nRTG
Washington Wizards 9 @Cavaliers, @Magic, Pelicans 7-3 SU, 7-3 ATS, 4-6 O/U & 4.1 nRTG
Phoenix Suns 10 Trail Blazers, @Grizzlies, @Rockets, @Timberwolves 6-3 SU, 5-4 ATS, 3-6 O/U & 0.1 nRTG
Brooklyn Nets 11 @Magic, @Pelicans @Thunder 7-4 SU, 5-6 ATS, 2-9 O/U & 0.2 nRTG
Denver Nuggets 12 Pacers, Hawks, Trail Blazers, @Mavericks 6-4 SU, 4-6 ATS, 2-8 O/U & 2.9 nRTG
Portland Trail Blazers 13 @Clippers, @Suns, @Rockets, @Nuggets, Raptors 5-5 SU, 4-6 ATS, 3-7 O/U & 2.8 nRTG
Memphis Grizzlies 14 Hornets, Suns, @Pelicans, Rockets 6-4 SU, 7-3 ATS, 5-5 O/U & -4.2 nRTG
Milwaukee Bucks 15 @76ers, @Knicks, @Celtics, @Hawks 4-6 SU, 4-6 ATS, 2-8 O/U & -1.7 nRTG
Toronto Raptors 16 @Celtics, @76ers, Pistons, @Trail Blazers 6-5 SU, 5-6 ATS, 5-6 O/U & 2.7 nRTG
Los Angeles Lakers 17 Heat, Timberwolves, Spurs, Bulls 6-5 SU, 3-8 ATS, 6-5 O/U & -0.9 nRTG
Cleveland Cavaliers 18 Wizards, Pistons, Celtics, Celtics 7-4 SU, 8-3 ATS & 4-7 O/U & 1.8 nRTG
Boston Celtics 19 Raptors, Bucks, @Cavaliers, @Cavaliers 4-6 SU, 5-5 ATS, 4-5-1 O/U & -1.8 nRTG
Indiana Pacers 20 @Nuggets, @Jazz, 76ers, @Knicks 4-7 SU, 6-5 ATS, 4-7 O/U & -0.6 nRTG
Atlanta Hawks 21 @Jazz, @Nuggets, Bucks, Magic 4-7, 3-8 ATS, 6-5 O/U & -3.6 nRTG
Sacramento Kings 22 @Spurs, @Thunder, @Pistons 5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS, 4-7 O/U & 1.4 nRTG
Charlotte Hornets 23 @Grizzlies, Knicks, Warriors 5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, 9-3 O/U & -3.6 nRTG
San Antonio Spurs 24 Kings, Mavericks, @Lakers 3-7 SU, 6-4 ATS, 4-5-1 O/U & 0.7 nRTG
Minnesota Timberwolves 25 @Warriors, @Lakers, @Clippers, Suns 3-6 SU, 2-7 ATS, 2-7 O/U & -3.9 nRTG
Houston Rockets 26 Pistons, Trail Blazers, Suns, @Grizzlies 1-9 SU, 5-4-1 ATS, 3-7 O/U & -7.1 nRTG
Oklahoma City Thunder 27 @Pelicans, Kings, Nets, Heat 3-6 SU, 5-4 ATS, 2-7 O/U & -9.1 nRTG
Orlando Magic 28 Nets, Wizards, @Hawks 3-8 SU, 4-7 ATS, 6-5 O/U & -7.2 nRTG
Detroit Pistons 29 @Rockets, @Cavaliers, @Raptors, Kings 1-8 SU, 3-6 ATS, 3-6 O/U & -11.9 nRTG
New Orleans Pelicans 30 Thunder, Nets, Grizzlies, @Wizards 1-10 SU, 4-7 ATS, 3-8 O/U & -11.1 nRTG

 

Abbreviation Key

SU: Straight-up | ATS: Against the spread | O/U: Over/Under | nRTG: Net Rating

Notables

Chicago Bulls (Ranked fifth)
The Bulls won the offseason by adding wing DeMar DeRozan and guards Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso to a squad that was in playoff contention until the final month last season. So far, Chicago’s new players are helping cash checks the front office wrote. DeRozan is fifth in points per game (26.9 PPG), Caruso is fifth in steals per game (2.3), and Ball has kept the offense organized.

Milwaukee Bucks (Ranked 15th)
Whoa! How come the reigning NBA champion with a two-time MVP who’s yet to enter his athletic prime is ranked in the middle of the pack? Well, it’s because of a cluster of injuries as Milwaukee is currently missing three starters: C Brook Lopez, SF Khris Middleton, and SG Donte DiVincenzo.

Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo still being his dominant self, the Bucks had lost five of their past six games entering play Tuesday. Once Milwaukee gets healthier there’s no doubt the Bucks will immediately jump atop my power rankings. But, I have to call it as I see it. And Milwaukee is ranked 19th in net rating and 22nd in spread differential.

Atlanta Hawks (Ranked 21st)
Atlanta’s appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals was one of the biggest surprises from last season. The Hawks got a ton of love this offseason from gamblers and NBA pundits. But, Atlanta has struggled to match the offseason hype. The Hawks have the fourth-worst defensive efficiency and the fifth-worst spread differential. Also, Atlanta doesn’t have the injury excuse. The Hawks’ top-seven players in minutes per game have only missed a combined two games.

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