Weekly NBA Power Ranking : Joel Embiid Injury Can Worsen 76ers Chances

Published 02/29/2020, 2:04 PM CST

This week NBA Power Ranking brings gains and misses for many teams. Bucks are on their way to create history crossing 50 wins margin within just 59 games looking to target 72 wins this season. Lakers, on the other hand, snatched their 45th win this season for the first time since 2012-13


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16. New Orleans Pelicans

Record: 26-33,  9th in the west (+1)


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Zion Williamson is having a fantastic season coming to this year’s NBA as a rookie. Averaging 23.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, & 2.3 APG. This player is a new addition to the rookie club of the 2019-2020 NBA Season. Taking over the leader’s board by storm and creating worry of Ja Morant for RPOY.


15. Brooklyn Nets

Record: 26-32, 8th in the east (+1)

Eight players scoring double figures in recent games in the absence of Kyrie Irwin will give a boost to the head coach’s motive. Team’s bench is going to play a crucial role moving towards the playoffs for remaining of the season.


14. Memphis Grizzlies

Record: 28-31, 8th in the west (-)

Ja Morant is having a sensational season as a rookie, though Grizzlies fell short to both Kings and Lakers lately which sounds alarming to the front desk of the Grizzlies. How they proceed from this end forward is worth the watch. Is this the rise of new Memphis Grizzlies?


13. Indiana Pacers

Record: 35-24, 6th in the east (-2)

The 46 point loss to Raptors was shocking to all during this week’s game, which came as the highest deficit game for .500 team after 2016. Victor Oladipo is trying hard to set the team up for victories, after his return.


12. Dallas Mavericks

Record: 36-24, 7th in the west (+1)

Luka Doncic and Kristpas Prozingis are working as a dynamic duo. This young team is paying way as deserving playoff contenders. Because of Luka, Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists during their two recent games together. After hosting the Timberwolves at home, The Mavericks have 3 game road trip.


11. Oklahoma City Thunder

Record: 37-23, 6th in the west (+1)

The Thunder need at least 13 games to get to 50 with 22 games to go. It’s an uphill task for Thunder’s team lead by Chris Paul. They have many games left on road, but their road wins in the second half give them enough motivation to move forward with confidence.


10. Utah Jazz

Record: 37-22, 5th in the west (-3)

A Run of 19 wins in 21 games? Its a highly unlikely occurrence to come out of this stage until you have at least 2-3 all-star in your lineup which they heavily miss. The road from here is uphill, will they be able to strive hard and secure home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs?


9. Miami Heat

Record: 37-22, 4th in the east (-1)

That 82-point score within the first half against the Cavaliers on Saturday was enough to motivate Jimmy Butler and Company to move forward strong. Tyler Herro, on the other hand, is playing more than a rookie to support Erik Spoelstra’s team.


8. Philadephia 76ers

Record: 37-23, 5th in the east (+1)

Ben Simmons not playing on Monday against the Hawks as he undergoes further testing created a cause of concern for 76ers. The recent Joel Embiid injury came at the worst possible moment.

Any length of time missed could shut the door on the 76ers’ chances of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Will they be able to pull the team morale back up? Al Harford and Tobias Harris both have to work more on-court then usual f they want to compete in Playoffs.


7. Houston Rockets

Record: 38-20, 4th in the west (+3)

The Rockets are looking rather impressive after the trade for Robert Covington. Houston is now all-in on small-ball line-up. Russell Westbrook and James Harden both are working hard enough to push this team through, but how far with small ball line- up is the major question.


6. Los Angeles Clippers

Record: 40-19, 3rd in the west (-2)

The Clippers have a superior talent which is unmatched. But the question is how much can they maximize on it? The recent addition of Reggie Jackson adds depth to there bench. Clippers are yet to create a big win streak which everybody expected from them this season. Can they still create one and topple Nuggets and Lakers in the west?


5. Denver Nuggets

Record: 40-19, 2nd in the west (+1)

Mike Malone is finally happy to see full strength in his roster with no more injury scare to attend to. The line-up looks impressive with recent quotes around Nikola Jokic being under-shadowed which barely seems to care for both player himself and the team. Ball rotation in recent games has been phenomenal to watch as a spectator. They have turned the table this season.


4. Boston Celtics

Record: 41-17, 3rd in the east (+1)

The Celtics have one of the best rosters this season with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown. A recent injury to Walker was a tough one to hand for the Celtics and the concern rises that they have won most of the games against the underperforming team. This leads to question there momentum moving into the playoffs, can they compete for the real competition in playoffs against the top teams?


3. Toronto Raptors

Record: 42-17, 2nd in the east (-)

From here the road to playoffs is set, yet not easy to let it get slide by. There immediate fight with Celtics is going to be fairly more competitive in the east conference after a long time. The Raptors are cruising and will be looking to hold onto the fine stretch as long as they can which makes there case strong gait top teams in NBA.


2. Los Angeles Lakers

Record:45-12, 1st in the west (-)

Alex Caruso is playing a dream leg of his career. A G-League Alumni is proving his worth in major league with the best team to compete for the entire NBA.  LeBron James finally takes a seat on the bench with a recovery game miss against the warriors. The Lakers won through a 116-86 scoreline set by Caruso, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma. Also, LeBron James is set to be the oldest player (35) to finish with the highest no of assist by a player in a season.


1. Milwaukee Bucks

Record: 51-9, 1st in the east (-)

The Bucks officially clinched a postseason appearance in just 56 games, the earliest in 15 years. The Bucks are racking up the wins to be the best in the league this year. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a no different freak than last year’s season. He’s a front runner for the NBA Regular Season and Defensive Players of the year awards.

Khris Middleton is growing fantastically with Giannis and Eric Bledsoe. The road is no different than other teams, but the pace of wins can shatter many upcoming regular season records.



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