POWER RANKINGS

NBA Eastern Conference Week Five Power Rankings: Pacers Starting To Climb To The Top

Nov 21, 2018, 10:03 AM | Updated: Dec 11, 2018, 10:15 am
Victor Oladipo#4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fie...
Victor Oladipo#4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 16, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Indiana Pacers jumped over the Celtics and Sixers to No. 3 while playing well without star guard Victor Oladipo.

Things in Boston are getting a little concerning as the Celtics look to find their rhythm.

Rankings are based on results from Wednesday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 20.

1. Toronto Raptors (14-4)

Week five record: 2-2

Wins: at Chicago, at Orlando

Losses: vs. Detroit, at Boston (in OT)

Two typical wins over Chicago and Orlando keep the Raptors in the top spot while the overtime loss in Boston doesn’t hurt the Raptors as they are still the top team in the NBA.

Previous Ranking: 1

Next up: at Atlanta, vs. Washington, vs. Miami, at Memphis

 

2. Milwaukee Bucks (12-4)

Week five record: 2-1

Wins: vs. Chicago, vs. Denver

Losses: vs. Memphis

The Bucks loss to the Grizzlies isn’t as bad as it normally would be as Memphis is off to a good start to the season. They picked up a quality win over the Denver Nuggets. Giannis Antetokounmpo is eyeing the MVP award with the numbers he is putting up.

Previous Ranking: 2

Next up: vs. Portland, vs. Phoenix, vs. San Antonio, at Charlotte

3. Indiana Pacers (11-6)

Week five record: 3-0

Wins: vs. Miami, vs. Atlanta, vs. Utah

Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans picked up the slack for the injured Victor Oladipo that included an 8 point win over the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks and a 27-point blowout over the Utah Jazz.

Previous ranking: 4

Next up: at Charlotte, vs. San Antonio, at Utah, at Phoenix

 

4. Philadelphia 76ers (12-7)

Week five record: 3-1

Wins: vs. Utah, at Charlotte, vs. Phoenix

Losses: at Orlando

Jimmy Butler led the Sixers in scoring with 28 in his first home game with Philadelphia as they knocked off the Jazz. They were able to grind out a three-point victory in overtime in Charlotte and won by five against the struggling Suns.

Previous Ranking: 3

Next up: vs. New Orleans, vs. Cleveland, at Brooklyn

 

5. Boston Celtics (9-8)

Week five record: 2-2

Wins: vs. Chicago, vs. Toronto (in OT)

Losses: vs. Utah, at Charlotte

Week five started out well for Boston with two wins over the Bulls and the Raptors but after a disappointing loss to Utah at home, Brad Stevens decided to bring Gordon Hayward off the bench. They finished the week with a five point loss to Charlotte.

Previous Ranking: 5

Next up: vs. New York, at Atlanta, at Dallas, at New Orleans

 

6. Detroit Pistons (8-6)

Week five record: 2-0

Wins: at Toronto, vs. Cleveland

The big win for the Pistons was on the road against the league leading Toronto Raptors. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond are leading the charge for Detroit as Griffin scored 30 points and pulled down 12 rebounds against the Raptors.

Previous ranking: 7

Next up: at Houston, vs. Houston, vs. Phoenix, vs. New York

 

7. Charlotte Hornets (8-8)

Week five record: 1-1

Wins: vs. Boston

Losses: vs. Philadelphia (in OT)

Kemba Walker scored 60 points against the Sixers but they lost by three in overtime. He followed that up with a 43-point outing against the Celtics.

Previous ranking: 6

Next up: vs. Indiana, at Oklahoma City, at Atlanta, vs. Milwaukee

 

8. Orlando Magic (9-9)

Week five record: 3-1

Wins: vs. Philadelphia, vs. LA Lakers, vs. New York

Losses: vs. Toronto

They were three points short of a perfect record for week five but will probably take the wins over the Sixers and Lakers. Nikola Vucevic had 30 against Philadelphia and 36 points and 13 rebounds against the Lakers.

Previous ranking: 8

Next up: at Denver, at LA Lakers, at Golden State

 

9. Brooklyn Nets (8-10)

Week five record: 2-2

Wins: at Washington, at Miami

Losses: vs. Miami, vs. LA Clippers

The Nets keep hanging in there for now and don’t look like a team that will sit at the bottom of the conference. They picked up both of their wins on the road but need to figure out winning at home.

Previous ranking: 9

Next up: at Dallas, vs. Minnesota, vs. Philadelphia

 

10. Washington Wizards (6-11)

Week five record: 2-2

Wins: vs. Cleveland, vs. LA Clippers

Losses: vs. Brooklyn, vs. Portland

It has the looks of an organized team again as the Wizards picked up a good win over the Clippers. If they want to make the playoffs, they will need to start winning the games that they should which include Brooklyn.

Previous ranking: 13

Next up: at Toronto, vs. New Orleans, vs. Houston

11. Miami Heat (6-11)

Week five record: 1-3

Wins: at Brooklyn

Losses: at Indiana, vs. LA Lakers, vs. Brooklyn

It wasn’t the best week for the Heat as they allowed LeBron James to score 51 points on their home floor. But they were without their starting point guard Goran Dragic. It was a tough week with two really good opponents.

Previous ranking: 10

Next up: at Chicago, at Toronto, vs. Atlanta

12. New York Knicks (4-14)

Week five record: 0-4

Losses: at Oklahoma City, at New Orleans, at Orlando, vs. Portland

Tough times in the big apple with six straight losses and eight of their last nine. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team in scoring in all four games with 20 points or more including back-to-back 32 point games.

Previous ranking: 12

Next up: at Boston, vs. New Orleans, at Memphis, at Detroit

 13. Chicago Bulls (4-13)

Week five record: 0-3

Losses: at Boston, at Milwaukee, vs. Toronto

The Bulls have lost nine of their last 11 games. They lost by 69 combined points to three good teams that are in the top six in the conference.

Previous ranking: 11

Next up: vs. Phoenix, vs. Miami, at Minnesota, vs. San Antonio

 

14. Atlanta Hawks (3-14)

Week five record: 0-3

Losses: at Denver, at Indiana, vs. LA Clippers

It’s definitely a rebuild in Atlanta as they have lost eight straight and 12 of their last 13 games.

Previous ranking: 14

Next up: vs. Toronto, vs. Boston, vs. Charlotte, at Miami

 

15. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-13)

Week five record: 0-2

Losses: at Washington, at Detroit

In two losses, the Cavaliers lost by 35 combined points. Bright spot is rookie guard Collin Sexton was the leading scorer in both games.

Previous ranking: 15

Next up: vs. LA Lakers, at Philadelphia, vs. Houston, vs. Minnesota

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