NBA Western Conference Power rankings update
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- Los Angeles Clippers (Up 2 spots, 28-8 SU, 22-14 ATS, 1st in West standings)
All those years of despair seem to be wiped away for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, as they have ascended to the top spot in the West, as well as the number one spot in yours truly's power rankings. The Clippers have been continuing to play well, and as of 10 January have the best record in the entire NBA. only eight losses on the season, the Clippers are well on their way to one of the best seasons in franchise history. Can they keep it up? Only time will tell, but every passing day it looks like the Clippers keep getting better and are a sold chhoice for our NBA betting.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (Down 1 spot, 27-8 SU, 20-13-2 ATS, 2nd in West standings)
The only reason the Thunder have slipped down in my power rankings is because they haven't been playing as aggressive as they started the season, and were hovering around .500 for almost 2 weeks. Although I consider the West's top team a three-team race, there is no denying that the Clippers have been outplaying the Thunder over the last week or two. Oklahoma City is still a virtual favorite in the Western Conference, along with the Spurs we will talk about now.
- San Antonio Spurs (Down 1 spot, 28-10 SU, 22-15-1 ATS, 3rd in West standings)
The Spurs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games, but with the success of the Thunder and the Clippers, the Spurs are a game back of the top spot in the Western Conference. If San Antonio doesn't break down by seasons end, they will certainly still remain a top three seed, and could threaten for the top spot. Manu Ginobli has been starting to bust out of his early-season funk, and Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are yet again playing like All-Stars. They have the depth, size and experience to beat either the Clippers or Thunder in a playoff series. However, they cannot afford any injuries or any other kind of setbacks if they plan on getting to that point.
- Memphis Grizzlies (23-10 SU, 20-12-1 ATS, 4th in West standings)
For reasons I cannot explain, I have heard multiple trade rumors regarding Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph both in the last several days. Although convincing me that trading Rudy Gay would be a good move could happen, if the Grizzlies give up Zach Randolph, I would be extremely surprised. Although I just think new ownership wants to test value, Gay stayed put last season around the trade deadline, and I think at best there is a 50/50 chance he gets traded. Z-Bo I don't think is going anywhere. The Grizzlies have a huge advantage in the post with Randolph and the Gasol, and they don't want to break that up. They would however like to bring in some depth at the guard and post positions, and possibly one or two first-round picks for Gay. The trade deadline is around the middle end of February, only six weeks away.
- Golden State Warriors
- Denver Nuggets
- Houston Rockets
- Portland Trailblazers