Have there been any changes to the rankings within the top
teams of the NBA? Let's see if there are and if they'll affect your NBA picks
over the coming week and how things might look for the best of the best in
seven days time.
Here are my top five in each conference.
Chicago Bulls (40-11 SU, 30-21 ATS)
The Bulls just got blown out by Denver at home, which ended
their four-game winning run. Rip Hamilton is out indefinitely and Derrick Rose
continues to miss time because of his bothersome groin. Luckily for Tom
Thibodeau Chicago has one of the better benches in the league and remain a team to keep an eye on in your NBA picks over the coming week.
Miami Heat (35-13 SU, 23-25 ATS)
Unusual for them, the Heat are 4-4 SU (3-5 ATS) over their
last eight games. They've lost two in a row, both of which were road games, and
will play Dallas, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and Oklahoma City over their
Orlando Magic (32-18 SU, 28-22 ATS)
After putting up 59 points against the Bulls, the Magic have
responded with three straight wins while averaging over 100 points per contest.
They'll take on the resurgent Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday in
what should be a great one to watch.
Indiana Pacers (29-19 SU, 23-25 ATS)
Good call to keep the Pacers in the top five from last week as they
responded with four wins out of five, including a comprehensive 105-90 victory
over the Heat. Two more wins (@ NJ, vs. WAS) should be on the way too.
Atlanta Hawks (30-20 SU, 26-22-2 ATS)
I'm putting the Hawks in instead of Boston and Philadelphia
because they've won four straight and six of their last seven. Josh Smith
continues to play out of his mind and Atlanta gets four of their next six NBA matchups at home.
Oklahoma City Thunder (37-12 SU, 27-22 ATS)
The Thunder proved they're not going anywhere by beating the
Heat by 16 the other day. They've won three straight, but will play the Trail
Blazers, Lakers, Bulls, Grizzlies and Heat over the next week in another tough
San Antonio Spurs (33-14 SU, 28-18-1 ATS)
An impressive 7-1 SU (6-2 ATS) over their past eight, the
Spurs are flying high right now. Injuries are popping up here and there, but
overall San Antonio has the depth to cope and keep winning ballgames.
L.A. Lakers (30-19 SU, 22-27 ATS)
What a pickup Ramon Sessions was. He's already taken over
the starting point guard role, providing the Lakers with some much-needed youth
and another scoring punch to take a little heat off Kobe. That said, L.A. has
slipped up defensively lately, allowing 100.2 PPG over their previous five
L.A. Clippers (28-21 SU, 24-25 ATS)
The Clippers have won both of their last two games by double
digits and get to play their next three at Staples Center. However, Mo Williams
is out with a toe injury and I'm just not convinced they have what it takes to
go deep in the playoffs, especially with Chauncey Billups lost for the season.
Dallas Mavericks (28-22 SU, 25-25 ATS)
After hosting Houston on Tuesday night, the Mavs travel to
Florida to play both Miami and Orlando on the road. That'll be a tough two
nights. Thankfully for them Shawn Marion is back after missing some time with a