NBA Picks: NBA Western Conference Power Rankings

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:58 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 6:58 PM UTC

We have reached the halfway point in the NBA this season, and our power rankings aren’t moving as much as they were in the first half.

NBA Western Conference power rankings update

However, there are several teams getting healthy right now, figuring things out or losing it all together. Let’s take another look at the West’s best teams, and see who has the best shot at beating the NBA odds on the Left Coast.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (33-10 SU, 24-16-3 ATS, tied for 1st in West standings)

The Thunder are plundering through the Western Conference right now, and with the exception of a few hiccups everyone and a while, the Thunder are playing like nothing is going to stop them from getting back to the Finals. They did lose a tough game to the Warriors the other night, but Golden State has proven themselves this season, so I don’t read too much into it. If the Thunder can continue their excellent outside shooting, there might not be anyone in the West that can stop them, but these are things that can be exploited, and for OKC, if the shots aren’t falling, they aren’t winning.

  1. San Antonio Spurs (up one spot, 34-11 SU, 25-19-1 ATS, tied for 1st in West standings)

The Spurs are just about 0.1 percentage points behind the Thunder in the standings as of Thursday, and if any team isn’t going to get the love and respect they deserve it’s the Spurs. While I don’t claim to be anything close to the mainstream media, I’m going to tell you how good this team is. The Spurs have won six games in a row, eight of their last ten, and fifteen of their last eighteen games straight up. Plus, up until last night, they had gone without Manu Ginobli for four of those games; all wins. Keep doubting this team, because they have the talent and depth to knock off anyone if they can stay spry and healthy. And so far, should not be faded regarding your NBA Betting selections.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers (down one spot, 32-11 SU, 25-18 ATS, 3rd in West standings

The Clippers are missing Chris Paul again, and they have lost two in a row, separating them from the top two teams. With Paul this team is deadly, but without him, they are a West team struggling to get out of the 7th or 8th seed. Paul looks like he will miss tonight’s game as well, and this could spell bad news for the Clippers. Without Paul, they are susceptible to teams out West looking to move up. Hopefully for LA fans, Paul can come back soon, but until he does, there is no such thing as a “safe” win for the Clippers.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (27-14 SU, 24-16-1 ATS, 4th in West standings)

Memphis is past their trade rumors, and hopefully they are done with their sporadic play. With the recent struggles of the Clippers, the Grizz have moved in just four games back of the Clippers, and five back of the top two squads. With their stifling defense, the grizzlies can put it to most any team on any given night, but it just seems like the West is too deep this year for them. If Memphis was in the East, (which it kind of is but that’s another matter) they would be the #2 team easily, and people would be talking about them knocking off the Heat. Sadly, that is not the case, and unless Memphis starts playing even better, they likely won’t make it past the 2nd round.

  1. Golden State Warriors (up one spot, 26-15 ATS, 24-15-2 ATS, 5th in West standings)
  2. Denver Nuggets (down one spot, 26-18 SU, 25-19 ATS, 6th in West standings)
  3. Utah Jazz (up one spot, 23-19 SU, 21-20-1 ATS, 7th in West standings)
  4. Houston Rockets (down one spot, 22-22 SU, 21-22-1 ATS, 8th in West standings)
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