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NBA Power Rankings: Week 7 (2021-22)

by November 30, 2021
khris middleton

The Milwaukee Bucks are the most notable riser in this week’s NBA Power Rankings. Despite having a worse overall record and lesser net rating, Milwaukee moved atop the Eastern Conference power rankings than several East squads. However, the Bucks have won seven straight since two-time All-Star wing Khris Middleton returned from injury.

Granted, none of those opponents have winning records, but Milwaukee is the defending champions and still has starters on the mend. More importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player on the planet, and the Bucks are dominating teams on both ends of the floor.

Phoenix Suns Devin Booker won Western Conference Player of the Week while averaging 30.0 points per game on 53.0% shooting, leading Phoenix to a 4-0 record in Week 6.

Atlanta Hawks Trae Young took home Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors after putting up 31.3 points and 8.5 assists per game last week.

Here’s a rundown of the best NBA teams through six weeks.

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

Abbreviation Key

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

The White-Hot Phoenix Suns

After a 1-3 overall start, Phoenix enters Tuesday’s matchup with the top-ranked Warriors on a 16-game winning streak. The most interesting aspect of the Suns is how they show up vs. quality competition. For instance, according to CleaningTheGlass.com, Phoenix is 3-0 SU vs. teams in the top-10 of efficiency differential.

Last season, the Suns had the best winning percentage vs. teams top-10 in efficiency differential and the 2nd-best ATS margin. I think most of the market chalked Phoenix’s run to the NBA Finals last year as a bit flukey. However, the Suns’ performance against the NBA’s top teams proves otherwise.

Holding stock in Denver Nuggets

You might be curious as to why Denver climbed in this week’s NBA Power Rankings even though the Nuggets just snapped a six-game losing streak Monday. Well, reigning MVP Nikola Jokic missed four of those contests with a wrist injury, and he returned for Denver’s streak-ending victory. Furthermore, Jokic is playing better this season than last.

Jokic has a higher PER, true shooting percentage, usage rate, box plus/minus, and Win Shares per 48 Minutes so far this year. On top of that, Denver’s best five-man lineup featuring Jokic has the 5th-best efficiency differential (minimum of 100 possessions), according to CleaningTheGlass.com. And the Nuggets are missing five starters.

Yes, Giannis is the best basketball player on the planet. But, at the moment, Jokic is the most valuable player to his team.

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