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NBA Power Rankings: Week 6 (2021-22)

by November 23, 2021
Stephen Curry

The top-3 teams from last week’s NBA Power Rankings remain intact. The Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, and Brooklyn Nets had a combined 11-1 record in Week 4 with an average net rating of +8.3.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard won the Western Conference Player of the Week by averaging 28.3 points and 8.3 assists per game, and Portland had a 3-0 record. Lillard’s early-season shooting woes were a major reason the Blazers started with a 5-7 record. But Dame Time has clocked in, and Portland is beginning to stack wins.

Milwaukee Bucks two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led his team to a 3-0 record in Week 4 by averaging 33.3 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game en route to an Eastern Conference Player of the Week accolade. Now that Milwaukee has all of its Big 3 back in the lineup, the Bucks are looking like the defending champions and are the biggest riser in this week’s NBA Power Rankings.

Let’s rank the NBA squads through the five weeks of action.

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NBA Power Rankings: Week 6
Team Rank Previous Upcoming Opponents Betting Records & Net Rating
Golden State Warriors 1 1 76ers, Trail Blazers, @Clippers 15-2 SU, 12-4-1 ATS, 6-11 O/U & 1st in nRTG
Phoenix Suns 2 2 @Cavaliers, @Knicks, @Nets 14-3 SU, 9-8 ATS, 7-10 & 4th in nRTG
Brooklyn Nets 3 3 @Celtics, Suns 13-5 SU, 7-10-1 ATS, 8-10 O/U & 5th in nRTG
Utah Jazz 4 8 @Thunder, Pelicans x 2, Trail Blazers 11-6 SU, 10-7 ATS, 7-10 O/U & 2nd in nRTG
Miami Heat 5 7 @Pistons, @Timberwolves, @Bulls, Nuggets 11-6 SU, 12-5 ATS, 10-7 O/U & 3rd in nRTG
Chicago Bulls 6 5 @Rockets, @Magic, Heat, Hornets 12-6 SU, 12-6 ATS, 7-11 O/U & 7th in nRTG
Milwaukee Bucks 7 15 Pistons, @Nuggets, @Pacers 10-8 SU, 7-11 ATS, 5-13 O/U & 13th in nRTG
Philadelphia 76ers 8 4 @Warriors, Timberwolves, Magic 10-8 SU, 10-8 ATS, 7-11 O/U & 8th in nRTG
Los Angeles Clippers 9 6 Mavericks, Pistons, Warriors, Pelicans 10-7 SU, 9-8 ATS, 7-10 O/U & 6th in nRTG
Boston Celtics 10 14 Nets, @Spurs, @Raptors 10-8 SU, 10-7-1 ATS, 7-10-1 O/U & 9th in nRTG
Atlanta Hawks 11 20 @Spurs, @Grizzlies, Knicks 9-9 SU, 7-11 ATS, 8-10 O/U & 14th in nRTG
Charlotte Hornets 12 16 @Magic, Timberwolves, @Rockets, @Bulls 11-8 SU, 11-8 ATS, 10-9 O/U & 20th in nRTG
Portland Trail Blazers 13 17 Nuggets, @Kings, @Warriors, @Jazz 9-8 SU, 7-10 ATS, 8-9 O/U & 16th in nRTG
Denver Nuggets 14 11 @Trail Blazers, Bucks, @Heat 9-8 SU, 7-10 ATS, 6-11 O/U & 15th in nRTG
Washington Wizards 15 9 @Pelicans, @Thunder, @Mavericks, @Spurs 11-6 SU, 10-7 ATS, 5-12 O/U & 10th in nRTG
Dallas Mavericks 16 10 @Clippers, Wizards, Cavaliers 9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS, 5-9-2 O/U & 21st in nRTG
New York Knicks 17 12 Lakers, Suns, @Hawks 9-8 SU, 7-10 ATS, 6-11 & 17th in nRTG
Memphis Grizzlies 18 18 Raptors, Hawks, Kings 9-8 SU, 10-7 ATS, 9-8 O/U & 25th in nRTG
Minnesota Timberwolves 19 26 Heat, @Hornets, @76ers, Pacers 8-9 SU, 8-9 ATS, 5-12 O/U & 11th in nRTG
Los Angeles Lakers 20 19 @Knicks, @Pacers, Kings, Pistons 9-9 SU, 6-12 ATS, 11-7 O/U & 24th in nRTG
Cleveland Cavaliers 21 13 Suns, Magic, @Mavericks 9-9 SU, 11-5-2 ATS, 6-12 O/U & 18th in nRTG
Indiana Pacers 22 23 Lakers, Raptors, Bucks, @Timberwolves 8-11 SU, 10-9 ATS, 6-13 O/U & 12th in nRTG
Toronto Raptors 23 21 @Grizzlies, @Pacers, Celtics 8-10 SU, 7-11 ATS, 10-8 O/U & 19th in nRTG
Oklahoma City Thunder 24 25 Jazz, Wizards, @Rockets 6-11 SU, 11-6 ATS, 5-12 O/U & 26th in nRTG
Sacramento Kings 25 22 Trail Blazers, @Lakers, @Grizzlies 6-12 SU, 7-11 ATS, 7-11 O/U & 22nd in nRTG
San Antonio Spurs 26 24 Hawks, Celtics, Wizards 4-12 SU, 8-8 ATS, 8-7-1 O/U & 23rd in nRTG
Detroit Pistons 27 27 Heat, @Bucks, @Clippers, @Lakers 4-12 SU, 7-9 ATS, 8-8 O/U & 27th in nRTG
Orlando Magic 28 30 Hornets, Bulls, @Cavaliers, @76ers 4-14 SU, 7-11 ATS, 10-8 O/U & 29th in nRTG
New Orleans Pelicans 29 28 Wizards, @Jazz x 2, @Clippers 3-16 SU, 7-12 ATS, 5-14 O/U & 28th in nRTG
Houston Rockets 30 29 Bulls, Hornets, Thunder 1-16 SU, 6-10-1 ATS, 5-12 O/U & 30th in nRTG

 
Abbreviation Key

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

The Almighty Golden State Warriors

Golden State is obviously off to a blistering start to its season, but how does it compare against the other great Warriors teams in recent memory? Here is how this year’s Warriors compare to the 2015-16 Warriors that finished with the best regular-season record ever and the following season when Kevin Durant first joined Golden State (through the first 17 games):

  • 2021-22 Warriors: 15-2, 56.2% effective field goal shooting (eFG%) and a +12.9 net rating.
  • 2016-17 Warriors: 15-2, 57.6% eFG% and a +12.9 net rating.
  • 2015-16 Warriors: 17-0, 56.7% eFG% and a +15.0 net rating.

Not only do these Warriors rival past teams in terms of record and efficiency differential. But, Golden State is still missing perhaps the second-best shooter ever (Klay Thompson) and is still developing several young players, including the 2020 NBA Draft’s No. 2 overall pick (C James Wiseman).

Are the Minnesota Timberwolves good?

It feels like the basketball community has been waiting forever to see Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves to the playoffs. Minnesota appeared to be on course for another underwhelming season after a 4-9 start.

But, the Timberwolves won all four games in Week 4. Also, according to CleaningTheGlass.com, which removes garbage time from its stat tracking, Minnesota had the highest efficiency and spread differentials in the NBA last week.

However, time will tell if the Timberwolves are playoff contenders. All four of Minnesota’s wins last week came against teams with a losing record. Whereas three of Minnesota’s four upcoming games are against teams with a winning record and an Indiana Pacers squad with the 12th-best net rating.

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