Knicks leapfrog Nets in unstable NBA rankings

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We are down to the final two weeks of the NBA season, and absolutely nothing has been decided. No seed is final, no play-in teams are final and multiple win totals remain to be decided. The teams at the top of the conferences have really started to peak. Phoenix and Philadelphia turned in undefeated weeks as they attempt to lock in the top seeds in their conferences.

Teams are also starting to get healthy. Trae Young returned from injury and Charlotte saw Malik Monk and LaMelo Ball play basketball last week. Absolutely nothing is set in stone, and the next eight games will be must-watch television.

1. Phoenix Suns (1)

Week recap: 3-0 SU/2-1 ATS

It was an incredible week for the Suns. Not only did they defeat every opponent, but two of those opponents were in the running to take the first seed in the Western Conference. The Suns were just a half-game behind the Jazz with eight games left and a 3-0 SU and ATS record against them.

2. Philadelphia 76ers (3)

Week recap: 4-0 SU/3-1 ATS

Philadelphia led the league in net rating (+20.2) and defensive efficiency (100.3) last week. The 76ers slaughtered a short-handed Hawks team twice and beat the Spurs and the Bulls. Not the strongest competition, but the ability to destroy lesser opponents is a positive. They now control the top seed in the Eastern Conference with seven games left.

3. Denver Nuggets (4)

Week recap: 3-1 SU/2-2 ATS

Denver took a pretty tough loss Monday night against the Lakers, but this team was 9-3 SU since losing Jamal Murray. The Nuggets are only 5-7 ATS over that stretch, and things could be getting slightly worse. PJ Dozier went down with a hip injury, and Monte Morris and Will Barton are still ailing. Who is left to suit up?

4. Los Angeles Clippers (2)

Week recap: 0-2 SU/0-2 ATS

It was a winless week for Los Angeles, but there is some nuance to it. First, the Clippers dropped a game to the top-seeded Suns without Kawhi Leonard. Then Leonard returned a couple of days later, but the Clippers lost to Denver at home despite averaging 1.195 points per possession. Patrick Beverley returned Tuesday, so this team is slowly coming together.

5. Milwaukee Bucks (6)

Week recap: 3-1 SU/3-1 ATS

Milwaukee scored a big win over the Nets on Sunday, but the loss to Houston was inexcusable. Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured 45 seconds into that game, but to allow that team to drop 1.315 points per possession and shoot 54.3 percent from deep shows the problems the Bucks have without Antetokounmpo on the floor.

6. New York Knicks (7)

Week recap: 3-0 SU/3-0 ATS

When is the betting market going to catch up to how good this team is? The market moved against the Knicks on Monday, but they handled Memphis for their 12th win in 13 games. The Knicks were 14-1 ATS in their last 15 games and led the league in net rating in that span.

7. Brooklyn Nets (5)

Week recap: 2-2 SU/2-2 ATS

The Nets ended the week with consecutive losses to Portland and Milwaukee, but Kevin Durant was on the floor for just one of them. Their inconsistent defense showed up again last week, giving up 114.1 points per 100 possessions. It’s just a waiting game as James Harden is still on the mend.

The Knicks are making a run at the Nets.
The Knicks are making a run at the Nets.
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8. Utah Jazz (8)

9. Atlanta Hawks (10)

10. Miami Heat (11)

11. Dallas Mavericks (14)

12. Washington Wizards (16)

13. Boston Celtics (9)

14. Portland Trail Blazers (18)

15. Memphis Grizzlies (12)

16. Los Angeles Lakers (13)

17. Golden State Warriors (15)

18. Toronto Raptors (17)

19. New Orleans Pelicans (19)

20. Charlotte Hornets (20)

21. Indiana Pacers (21)

22. San Antonio Spurs (22)

23. Minnesota Timberwolves (25)

24. Sacramento Kings (24)

25. Chicago Bulls (23)

26. Detroit Pistons (26)

27. Cleveland Cavaliers (27)

28. Orlando Magic (29)

29. Houston Rockets (28)

30. Oklahoma City Thunder (30)

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