NBA Picks: Western Conference NBA Power Rankings

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 7:09 PM UTC

The Latest installment of SBR's NBA Power Rankings has finally arrived. Here is my take on the Western Conference to up your NBA Betting ability.

NBA Western Conference power rankings update

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (up one spot, 31-8 SU, 23-13-3 ATS, 1st in West standings)

The top spot of the Western Conference will likely be flipping and flopping all season, as the top contenders are neck and neck. However, because of their recent play, as well as their current record, the Thunder have recaptured the top spot in my west power rankings. Oklahoma City has won eight of their last 10 games straight up and have been one to watch as an NBA betting option. Despite how good the Clippers and Spurs look, the Thunder are undoubtedly the best team in the Western Conference right now. As long as no one gets hurt, I imagine that the Western Conference finals will go through Oklahoma City.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers (down one spot, 30-9 SU, 24-15 ATS, 2nd in West standings)

There is almost nothing that the Clippers have done in the past week to earn their demotion from the top of my Western Conference power rankings, but as I’ve said many times in these, the top spot in the West is going to fluctuate week-by-week, and likely day by day. The Clippers and Thunder have both played outstanding so far this season, but for the Clippers, an injury to Chris Paul is mainly what dropped them. Los Angeles is like the Knicks, in that their depth only makes a difference if all their players are healthy. Maybe next week the Clippers will be back in the top spot, however for this week, it is all the Thunder’s.

  1. San Antonio Spurs (30-11 SU, 24-16-1 ATS, 3rd in West standings)

At only a game back of second place, and only two games back of the number one spot, the San Antonio Spurs continue occupying the third seed in my power rankings. The Spurs also have 30 wins so far on the season, and they too have been looking very very good so far this season. The Spurs issue is just going to be staying fresh for the entire season into the postseason. If they can do that, they could very well overtake the Clippers or the Thunder. There is still over half the season yet to be played for most teams, but the Spurs are shown time and again that they are capable of beating almost anyone.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (24-13 SU, 21-15-1 ATS, 4th in West standings)

The Grizzlies are in a bit of a crossroads the season, as they are slowly fading away from the top three teams in West, but are still usually a solid sports pick. I considered Memphis one of the better teams in the Western Conference before the season started, and while there is still plenty of basketball yet to be played, it doesn't seem like Memphis is going to contend for one of the top three spots. The Grizzlies are currently six games back of first-place, and it doesn't help that they are currently on a three-game losing streak. Names like Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph have been floated around in trades so far this season, and I think Memphis has to do something if they do in fact want to contend for the NBA title this year.

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  1. Denver Nuggets (up one spot)
  2. Golden State Warriors (down one spot)
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Utah Jazz (previously unranked) 

Let's go over to the East Coast!

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