Last weeks best team: Pacers (4-0) - Auladipo returned, their winning streak continued to seven games, last week beat the Bucks and the 76ers.
Last weeks worst team: the Clippers (1-3) - the Clippers are on the decline. Their only victory last week was to win in Phoenix overtime, losing 62 points to the Raptors and Spurs.
1. Nuggets 20-9 (2) ranked last week in brackets, the same as below
Despite injury problems, the Nuggets rebounded strongly after two consecutive defeats, beating the Grizzlies, Thunder and Raptors at home and continuing to lead the West. The Nuggets won 11-4 against 14 other teams with a winning rate of more than 50%. In these 15 games, they only lost 103.9 points per 100 rounds, leaving their opponents with only 30% of the three-point shooting rate. In the next two games, they will encounter strong teams, which is the only two games they will have in the next nine days.
2. Bucks 19-9 (1)
After Tuesdays absence, Atto Kunbo returned on Thursday to play the most depressing game of the season, with only six shots and six free throws, and the team lost in Indiana. Then in Cleveland, the Alphabet Brother sent out his career-high 44 points, 42 of which came from the restricted area or the free throw line. The Bucks have played 28 Games this season and they have never scored less in the paint area than their rivals. Middleton recently missed the Cavaliersgame because of a sprained finger.
3. Raptors 23-9 (3)
Los Angeles, Auckland, Portland and Denver ended their away tours 2-2, which was not a bad result. Lori and Leonard never played together in these four matches. Before the injury truce for two games, Lori regained his shooting touch, which also made people expect him to join Leonard again. When Leonard was absent, Lori had a higher percentage of effective shots (149 shots, 57%) and when Leonard was present (179 shots, 49.7%). After the trip to the west, the Raptors will encounter strong enemies in the East again, meeting the Pacers for the first time this season.
4. Warriors 20-10 (4)
When Curie and Greene recovered, the Warriors did not show the ability to win. They even lost at home to the Raptors without Leonard. It took them the last three minutes to recover the winning feeling on the Kings. The Warriors scored 40 points in 57 minutes last Thursday, losing no more than 90 points per 100 rounds, and one point in a 20-point defeat to the Raptors. But when at least one of the four people was absent, they had a net minus 48 points in 87 minutes. Igodara has been absent for three games and Livingston is suffering from injuries. They will face more challenges from strong teams. Fortunately, Igodara and Livingston are both expected to return.
5. Walkers 20-10 (11)
Auladipo returned after 11 absences, winning seven consecutive victories over the Bucks, the 76ers and the Nicks. Auradibo had a good feeling against the Knicks. Turner has been in good form recently, and Yang has continued to give excellent performances. In the seven consecutive wins, the Pacers only lost 97.4 points per 100 rounds and their opponents only scored 29% of their shots. They succeeded in suppressing the top 10 Bucks in the League offense. This week they will face the test of the Raptors and the Nets.
6. Celtics 18-11 (9)
The Celtics scored 123.4 points per 100 rounds during their eight consecutive wins, and Morris and Smart did well in the starting line-up. However, when Irwin visited Detroit, they only scored 24 points in the 32 rounds of rest, which ended the teams winning streak. Irvings usage and real shooting percentage both declined, and his team scored nearly 14 points per 100 rounds more when he was present than when he was absent. Hofford is the most important player in the team, but recently when he was absent, the team won 6-0.
7. Thunder 18-10 (6)
The Thunder teams schedule has become more arduous, with 2 wins and 2 losses against the top 14 teams in the West. Westbrook has been feeling bad lately, but George and Adams are both in good offensive form. Their effective shooting percentage in December reached 61%, and the Thunder team also has the best defense in the league. After losing to the Pelicans and the Nuggets last week, the Thunder team was 5-9 in the last five minutes, with only the Knicks, the Hornets and the Cavaliers performing worse. But there is also a positive sign that only one of their defeats was not within five points in the last five minutes.
8.76 20-11 (5)
In Butlers absence last week, the 76ers won 0-2, giving the Nets and Pedestrians 117.6 points per 100 rounds. Butlers comeback led to the teams best fourth quarter of the season in Cleveland, Butler played an important role, and Reddick and Embed were back in shape. They did poorly in Torontos two games, with only one win and five losses against the other four best teams in the Eastern Conference. They will play the Raptors at home on Sunday.
9. The Lakers 18-12 (8)
Bauer is still one of the worst three-point shooters in the league. His free throw rate ranks 169 out of 172 players who have made at least 200 shots. However, in the restricted area, Bauers terminal ability is improving, he is also the best rebound guard in the league. On Sunday, he joined LeBron in the history record, and they became the eighth pair of teammates in history to deliver triple-double performances. The Lakers did not defend Harden away from home. They lost to the Wizards on Monday with 22 more mistakes. They were only 1-2 out of four consecutive tourists. After Wednesdays game with the Nets, the Lakers will play seven consecutive games against the top 12 teams in the West.
10. Clippers 17-12 (7)
The Clippers remained in the top five of the first 23 games in the West, but lost five of the last six games. The only victory was the overtime victory over the Suns without Buck. The ClippersRowe has been absent for three games and their offense has receded. The last six games were their worst offensive season, with 97.7 points per 100 rounds and 18.3 mistakes. There are 17 away games in the past 26 games and 12 home games in the next 16 games. From now until January 21, they have only two games outside California.
15. Rockets 14-14 (22)
Since Gordon entered the starting line-up, the Rockets have won 3-0. However, in these games, Gordon shot only 1 of 17 three-point shots. In the past three games, the Rocketsnew starting line-up lost 15 points in 49 minutes. Ennis suffered a hamstring injury in his first game as a substitute. During the winning streak, Green scored 9 of 11 three-point shots, House scored 56 points in the presence, Harden sent out three pairs in two consecutive games, and Paul also got three pairs. When Paul led the team alone, the team won 28 points. The Rocketsdefense still needs to be tested, but they have defended against the Spurs No. 9 attack. The real defensive test will not come until Christmas. The 11th to 30th ranked teams are Kings, Rangers, Pioneers, Pelicans, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pistons, Spurs, Magic, Jazz, Wolves, Heat, Hornets, Basketball Nets, Wizards, Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls, Suns and Hawks. Source: Netease Sports Author: Evan Editor-in-Charge: Huang Yu_NS1604
Since Gordon entered the starting line-up, the Rockets have won 3-0. However, in these games, Gordon shot only 1 of 17 three-point shots. In the past three games, the Rocketsnew starting line-up lost 15 points in 49 minutes. Ennis suffered a hamstring injury in his first game as a substitute. During the winning streak, Green scored 9 of 11 three-point shots, House scored 56 points in the presence, Harden sent out three pairs in two consecutive games, and Paul also got three pairs. When Paul led the team alone, the team won 28 points. The Rocketsdefense still needs to be tested, but they have defended against the Spurs No. 9 attack. The real defensive test will not come until Christmas.
The 11th to 30th ranked teams are Kings, Rangers, Pioneers, Pelicans, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pistons, Spurs, Magic, Jazz, Wolves, Heat, Hornets, Basketball Nets, Wizards, Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls, Suns and Hawks.