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NBA Power Rankings 2022

Posted: Nov 30, 2022Last updated: Nov 30, 2022

We’re a month and a half into the NBA regular season, and the real contenders — and pretenders — are beginning to show themselves.

Additionally, one team’s dominance is virtually unmatched, making them an easy choice for the No. 1 spot in my rankings.

But where does the rest of the league fall into place? Here are my NBA power rankings at the end of November.

All NBA odds and statistics are current as of Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. ET and courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook. 

NBA Power Rankings

30. Detroit Pistons (5-18) ⬇️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

The Pistons have been pretty dreadful as of late, winning just two of their last 12 games. They’ve admittedly kept things close against their opponents (for the most part), but they still rank near the bottom of the league in offensive, defensive, and net rating.

29. San Antonio Spurs (6-15) ⬇️ 6

  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

Since starting the season 5-2, the Spurs have gone 1-13. The defense is abysmal, the offense is no longer efficient, and all hope appears to be lost. It’s officially tanking time in San Antonio.

28. Orlando Magic (5-16) ⬇️ 2

  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

Orlando is 1-7 since Nov. 14, with the lone win coming by a point over the Chicago Bulls. Fortunately, Paolo Banchero has returned from a lengthy absence, and seven-footer Bol Bol (13.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 41.9 3PT%) is beginning to bloom.

27. Charlotte Hornets (6-15) ⬆️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

The Hornets are moving up a spot here, but it’s only because they’ve been less bad than the teams ranked below them. Charlotte went 3-11 in the month of November, with their largest win coming by seven points over the Magic.

26. Houston Rockets (5-15) ⬆️ 4

  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

Houston is an impressive 3-3 since my power rankings were last updated on Nov. 16. This includes wins over the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rookie Jabari Smith Jr. has been impressive during this streak, averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 40% from beyond the arc. His continued development is paramount to Houston’s success.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (8-13) ⬇️ 3

  • NBA Finals Odds: +80000

Things are beginning to look bleak for the Thunder, who are 2-5 in their last seven and trending in the wrong direction on offense. With that said, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress, averaging 31.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game.

24. Los Angeles Lakers (7-12) ⬆️ 3

  • NBA Finals Odds: +7500

Our Lakers takes must remain measured. Yes, they have won five of their last seven, but three of those wins came over the Spurs, another over the Pistons, and one against a Brooklyn Nets team that was without Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons.



Los Angeles does look better, but an upcoming stretch that features meetings with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics will tell us just how much better this team is actually playing.

23. New York Knicks (10-11) ⬆️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +20000

The Knicks are also slight risers in my power rankings, thanks in part to their wins over the Denver Nuggets and Thunder. They also held their own against the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies, losing each game by four points or less.

Jalen Brunson‘s recent play is worth getting excited about, too. He’s averaging 24.8 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game over his last eight.

22. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-11) ⬆️ 3

  • NBA Finals Odds: +7500

The Timberwolves put together a nice hot streak in the middle of the month, winning five in a row over some quality opponents. That’s enough to bump them up a few spots, even though they’ve lost three in a row since then.

With that said, this is likely the highest that we’ll see Minnesota rank for some time. Karl-Anthony Towns is reportedly expected to miss up to six weeks with a calf strain, which leaves the offense in the hands of Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell.

21. Washington Wizards (11-10) ⬇️ 8

  • NBA Finals Odds: +20000

The Wizards looked pretty alright for a while there, but their recent performances have proven that this is nothing more than an average group. Their most recent wins have come over the Hornets, Miami Heat, and Timberwolves.

If Washington can find some offensive consistency — and maybe make a trade or two — I don’t doubt that this could be a playoff team. But as it stands, I don’t love the direction they’re heading.

20. Chicago Bulls (9-11) ⬆️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +12500

The Bulls are a tough team to figure out. Their two most recent losses have come to the Magic and Thunder, but they also managed to beat the Celtics, Bucks, and Utah Jazz in that same stretch.

On the bright side, DeMar DeRozan is killing it again, averaging 31.5 points and 5.5 assists over his last six games. Still, Chicago is currently No. 1 on my “Do Not Bet" list.

19. Miami Heat (10-11) ⬇️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +2500

A three-game win streak has mostly erased the sour taste that was left from four straight losses in the middle of the month, even if two of those victories came over the Wizards. Either way, this team misses Jimmy Butler.

18. Utah Jazz (12-11) ⬇️ 13

  • NBA Finals Odds: +15000

The whole “Jazz are legit" thing was fun, but that appears to be over now. Utah is just 2-8 over its last 10, including an ugly loss to a short-handed Pistons team.

The defense has been hideous, but at least Lauri Markkanen is still hooping.

17. Dallas Mavericks (10-10) ⬇️ 8

  • NBA Finals Odds: +2200

The Mavericks are a good team. There’s no denying that. But they desperately need to figure out how to win basketball games again.

Dallas has lost five of its last seven, including a defeat at the hands of the Rockets. They’re also a mere 1-7 on the road this season, which is the second-worst mark in the Association. Their latest win over the Golden State Warriors was a step in the right direction.

16. Sacramento Kings (10-9) ↔️

  • NBA Finals Odds: +10000

The Kings are a ton of fun, and I loved every part of their seven-game win streak. However, they’ll need to recapture some of that magic soon if they want to continue their push toward a playoff spot, because they’re starting to slump again.

We’re all rooting for you, Sacramento.

15. Atlanta Hawks (11-10) ⬇️ 7

  • NBA Finals Odds: +4500

Atlanta is in the midst of a three-game skid and has lost five of its last seven. As a result, an offense that ranked second in the league last season is now the ninth-worst.

Three-point shooting has been a big problem, and although the Hawks are making the most two-pointers per game in the NBA, they rank 23rd in two-point percentage — a pretty good indication of why they’re struggling right now.

14. Toronto Raptors (11-9) ⬆️ 6

  • NBA Finals Odds: +4000

The Raptors have hardly played in the last few weeks, going 2-2 since Nov. 16. With that said, they picked up some impressive wins over the Mavericks and Cavaliers during that stretch, and their defense appears to be the real deal.



With Pascal Siakam back in the fold, I’m expecting this Toronto team to keep up its winning ways. The Raptors have some winnable games coming up in the next two weeks, including three against the Magic.

13. Brooklyn Nets (11-11) ⬆️ 4

  • NBA Finals Odds: +1600

Don’t look now, but the Nets are 5-2 in their last seven — and they’ve beaten some pretty good teams along the way. Ben Simmons had looked especially good in recent contests before exiting a game on Nov. 28 with knee soreness.

Brooklyn has gone 9-5 since starting the year 2-6. Shoutout Jacque Vaughn.

12. Los Angeles Clippers (13-9) ⬆️ 2

  • NBA Finals Odds: +800

Despite mounting injuries, the Clippers continue to find ways to win. They’re 5-2 in their last seven, even though Paul George only appeared in 1.5 of those and Kawhi Leonard logged around 20 minutes in three before hitting the sidelines once again.

As such, LA’s depth has been on full display in recent weeks. Ivica Zubac logged a 31-point, 29-rebound performance in a win over the Indiana Pacers, and Norman Powell is averaging 21.3 points per game during the stretch.

11. Portland Trail Blazers (11-10) ⬇️ 8

  • NBA Finals Odds: +5000

Much like the Jazz, the Blazers are tumbling from their once-high position in my power rankings. That’s simply what happens when you go 1-6 over your last seven and barely squeak by the Knicks for your lone victory.

Portland needs Damian Lillard back. This offense cannot sustain itself long-term without him, even with Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons — who combined for 82 points in the aforementioned win over New York — playing at the top of their game.

10. Golden State Warriors (11-11) ⬆️ 9

  • NBA Finals Odds: +650

Welcome back, Warriors.

While I still desperately want to see this team put together a quality road win (Minnesota doesn’t count), what they’ve managed to do lately is reassuring. Not only is their 5-2 record in their last seven encouraging, but the defense is beginning to move in the right direction as well.

9. Indiana Pacers (12-8) ⬆️ 6

  • NBA Finals Odds: +50000

The Pacers are quite good. And it’s not just their offense anymore, either. Indiana ranks 11th in offensive rating and 13th in defensive, which is a good sign of this team’s long-term potential over the course of the season.

Unsurprisingly, Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin are still playing terrific basketball, and a few other young pieces are making their presence felt as well. Coach Rick Carlisle has done an excellent job so far this year.

8. New Orleans Pelicans (12-8) ⬆️ 3

  • NBA Finals Odds: +2200

The Pelicans’ 12-8 record is a poor identifier of how well this team is playing right now. New Orleans is 5-2 in its last seven and is winning games by a significant margin.

This team is also one of a small group that ranks inside the top six in both offensive and defensive rating, which is a huge jump from the 19th- and 20th-place finish the Pels had in those categories last season.

7. Philadelphia 76ers (12-9) ⬆️ 5

  • NBA Finals Odds: +1800

Ladies and gentlemen, meet 76ers basketball. It might not be pretty to watch, but it works.

Philadelphia is 7-2 over its last nine and is holding opponents to just 105.8 points per game, the best mark in the NBA. Impressively, a big part of this stretch has come without the likes of Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and James Harden, who haven’t played together since Oct. 29.

6. Memphis Grizzlies (12-8) ⬆️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +1800

The Grizzlies are just 3-3 over their last six, but I couldn’t justify putting them any lower in my power rankings, especially since they’ve handled the absence of Desmond Bane reasonably well.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is back, and he has hardly missed a step. The 23-year-old is averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks through his first five games.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-8) ⬆️ 5

  • NBA Finals Odds: +1800

Although their recent losses to the Bucks and Raptors were quite ugly, that doesn’t change the fact that the Cavs are 5-2 in their last seven and remain one of the best defensive teams in the league. Cleveland is allowing just 99.3 points over its last six.

However, if this team is to remain near the top of the standings all year long, they’ll need to stay consistent on offense. Assists and turnovers are a bit of an issue right now.

4. Milwaukee Bucks (14-5) ⬇️ 2

  • NBA Finals Odds: +600

Speaking of great defense, the Bucks still rank No. 1 in defensive rating. It feels like they’ve been there all season. They’re also 12-7 against the spread, which is tied for the second-best mark in the NBA.

With that said, they’re sliding down two spots here for going 4-4 in their last eight. A pair of wins over the Cavs is a nice résumé-booster, even if losses to the Bulls and 76ers were disappointing.

3. Denver Nuggets (13-7) ⬆️ 1

  • NBA Finals Odds: +1800

Denver is 4-1 in its last five, with wins coming over the Mavericks, Thunder, Clippers, and Rockets. That streak has pushed them into the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference, and I expect them to stay there for a while.

The Nuggets’ greatest strength is their depth. They have seven players scoring double-digit points per game, and Nikola Jokić (23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists) is nearly averaging a triple-double.

As an aside, the value is there on Denver if you’re looking to place a long-term Western Conference winner bet.

2. Phoenix Suns (14-6) ⬆️ 4

  • NBA Finals Odds: +900

The Suns have done an excellent job of operating the offense in the absence of Chris Paul, who hasn’t played since Nov. 7. Phoenix ranks second in offensive rating on the season and is averaging 119.6 points per game over its last seven — of which it has won six.

Devin Booker is averaging 30.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game during that stretch. Keep an eye on his MVP prop.

1. Boston Celtics (17-4) ↔️

  • NBA Finals Odds: +350

Without a doubt, the Boston Celtics are the No. 1 team in the league right now. This offense is humming at a historic rate, and although the defense has regressed a bit compared to last season, the Celtics really haven’t needed to be as strong on that end to win games.

Boston has won 13 of its last 14 and is the clear favorite to win the NBA Finals. I recommend placing a bet on them at their current price.

Author

Garrett Chorpenning

Garrett Chorpenning is a Digital Content Coordinator for The Game Day. His previous work includes covering the LA Clippers for Sports Illustrated and FanSided.

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