NBA Eastern Conference power rankings update
- Miami Heat (25-12 SU, 18-19 ATS, 1st in East standings)
People really started to panic about the Miami Heat last week, Especially those backing them on the NBA Betting boards however a big win in Golden State last night might have put those to rest for just a little while longer. Their game against the Lakers tonight could bring back those same worries, but if the Heat can just turn on their defense when it matters, I see no reason why we should drop them from their number one overall spot in the power rankings. Indiana is not quite up to their level, while New York has proven that if they are not healthy they are not able to challenge the Heat. We still have plenty of basketball left to be played, but through the middle of January Miami is still the number one team.
- Indiana Pacers (Up one spot, 24-16 SU, 20-20 ATS, 3rd in East standings)
The Pacers of jumped up to the number two spot in my power rankings for a few reasons. Firstly, the Knicks have been banged up, inconsistent, and not looking like the team that started the season playing in a New York Knicks uniform. The Pacers on the other hand have won seven of their last 10 games, and are only 2 1/2 games back of New York for the second seed in the East right now. Plus, the Pacers are still without arguably their best player. If and when Danny Granger comes back to play for the Pacers, it will help them out tremendously. Granger is one of the league's elite three-point shooters, and even if they decide to trade him before the deadline, the Pacers would surely get very good value in return for the young small forward.
- New York Knicks (Down one spot, 24-13 SU, 20-17 ATS, 2nd in East standings)
New York has lost six of their last 10 games, and while they're lucky that they haven't been taken over by the Pacers yet, they are also lucky because the sheet had been struggling as well. Even after losing six of their last 10 games, the Knicks are still only one game back of Miami for the top spot in the Eastern conference right now. Whether or not they'll stay there is a different story. Iman Shumpert is close to returning, but coming off of the ACL tear, he will definitely need some time to get his legs back. If the Knicks can weather the storm without Shumpert, Raymond Felton, and even Rasheed Wallace, they should be able to stay in the number two seed. However, losing six out of the last 10 is not going to help.
- Chicago Bulls (22-15 SU, 14-23 ATS, 4th in East standings)
The Bulls won seven of their last 10 games, and are staying strong in the fourth seed in the East right now. If this team can continue playing like they have been without their star player, once Derrick Rose comes back the Bulls will be a serious threat to the Miami Heat. However, we still don't know what kind of shape Rose or his knee will be and once he does in the coming back. We won't have to wait much longer it appears, as Rose seems like he's about six weeks away from a return.
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- Brooklyn Nets (up one spot)
- Boston Celtics (up one spot)
- Atlanta Hawks (down two spots)
- Milwaukee Bucks