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NBA Power Rankings 2022 | Listing All 30 Team Ranks

The NBA All-Star break has concluded. With roughly one quarter of the regular season remaining, now is the time for teams to make their final push for the playoffs or bow out of postseason contention and pivot toward rebuilding in the offseason.

As we approach this all-important moment of the NBA season, we take a look at each team’s current situation and evaluate where they stand today.

All NBA gameday odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and current as of 9 a.m. ET on Friday, February 25.

NBA Power Rankings

30. Orlando Magic (13-47)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +200000

The Orlando Magic tumbled their way into the All-Star break, dropping four consecutive games by 10 points or more. It doesn’t get much easier, either: Orlando still has matchups remaining with the Suns, Warriors, Grizzlies, Heat, and 76ers.

The outcome of their current season looks bleak, but with fresh, young talent in Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr., Franz Wagner, and Jalen Suggs, there is hope for the future of this team.

29. Houston Rockets (15-43)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +150000

Save for their seven-game win streak early in the year, the Rockets have been an embarrassment. They capped off the first half of their season by losing 11 of their last 12, including two losses by 25+ points at the hands of the Spurs.

Christian Wood has had a strong campaign statistically, but he’s been one of the few bright spots on a team that can’t seem to do anything right.

28. Detroit Pistons (14-45)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +200000

The Detroit Pistons could conceivably end up with the No. 1 overall pick in back-to-back drafts if they keep up their current rate. That may well be the goal, too: Detroit has gone 3-12 over its last 15 games.

There’s an abundance of good, young talent here, headlined by Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey, but the Pistons are still at least a year (and a few roster moves) away from competing for a playoff spot.

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27. Oklahoma City Thunder (18-41)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +200000

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been better in recent weeks, but this remains a pretty poor team overall. OKC ranks dead-last in the NBA in both offensive rating and points per game.

With that said, the Thunder are frequently a good bet against the spread. They rate surprisingly high in defensive metrics and often keep games within 10 points, even against some of the best teams in the league. Rookie Josh Giddey has also been compiling triple-doubles left and right, which is good fun.

26. Indiana Pacers (20-40)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +200000

It may not be in Indiana’s best interest to stay competitive right now, but don’t be surprised if they move up the standings a spot or two over the next several weeks. The Pacers have the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA by opponent winning percentage.

Indiana is too far gone to compete for a playoff spot, but new face of the franchise Tyrese Haliburton should be able to help the Pacers come close to posting 30 wins on the year.

25. Sacramento Kings (22-39)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +150000

The new-look Sacramento Kings are fun, and they appear close enough to challenge for a play-in spot in the Western Conference, but their brutal remaining schedule says otherwise.

Domantas Sabonis and the Kings still have the Suns (twice), Warriors, Heat, and Bucks on their upcoming slate, which suggests that this franchise will be lottery-bound once again and extend its playoff drought to a record-setting 16 years.

24. New Orleans Pelicans (23-36)

  • Playoffs Odds: +550
  • NBA Finals Odds: +25000

The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last 10 games, which feels indicative of how the rest of their season will go. Even with the addition of CJ McCollum, this group lacks the strength to be an above-average team.

With tensions continuing to rise between the franchise and Zion Williamson, it appears as though the Pelicans will have to make some difficult decisions this offseason.

23. Portland Trail Blazers (25-35)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +75000

Despite their best efforts, the Portland Trail Blazers are winning games again. Led by Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, and Justise Winslow, Portland has won four of its last five, including unlikely victories over the Lakers, Bucks, and Grizzlies.

The Blazers are firmly in contention for a play-in spot, and coupled with their relatively easy remaining schedule, they have a good shot at holding position. Now, we’ll see if they can sustain their recent level of play.

22. New York Knicks (25-34)

  • Playoffs Odds: +1500
  • NBA Finals Odds: +50000

The Knicks looked abysmal as they approached the All-Star break, losing seven of their last eight games. New York has won just three games since Jan. 16, an epic collapse for a team that was a game above .500 just over a month ago.

With Julius Randle struggling to carry the load and one of the toughest remaining schedules in the NBA, it’s looking like the Knicks will be unable to replicate the late-season stretch that carried them into the playoffs in 2020-21.

21. San Antonio Spurs (23-36)

  • Playoffs Odds: +1300
  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

The Spurs sit lower in the standings than the Trail Blazers, but I feel better about San Antonio’s postseason chances than I do Portland’s — if only slightly.

First-time All-Star Dejounte Murray has put together an immaculate season, Keldon Johnson is finding his groove, and Jakob Poeltl is continuing to prove that he’s one of the most underrated rim protectors in the league.

20. Washington Wizards (27-31)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +100000

The Washington Wizards rank this high on our list due to their current record and easier remaining schedule. Otherwise, they don’t have much going for them at the moment.

Bradley Beal is sidelined for the rest of the season, and following their moves at the trade deadline, this is now a roster that’s headlined by Kristaps Porzingis (who still hasn’t played for his new team), Kyle Kuzma, and Rui Hachimura.

It’s player development time in the nation’s capital.

19. Los Angeles Lakers (27-31)

  • Playoffs Odds: +120
  • NBA Finals Odds: +4000

The Lakers are standing on thin ice. With a brutal remaining schedule (Los Angeles still has two games each against Phoenix and Golden State) and a roster that’s looked thinner with each passing game, this team is in genuine danger of missing the playoffs.

As long as Anthony Davis remains sidelined, the Lakers are going to have to fight tooth and nail to stay in the playoff hunt and avoid an all-out implosion. LeBron James can only do so much.

LeBron James, SF, Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James might be shocked to see his Lakers are not ranked too strongly in our NBA Power Rankings. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

18. Charlotte Hornets (29-31)

  • Playoffs Odds: +425
  • NBA Finals Odds: +20000

Charlotte’s commitment to playing as little defense as possible isn’t exactly going swimmingly. The Hornets have lost nine of their last 10, though they are showing signs of improvement.

Gordon Hayward‘s absence complicates things, but with the addition of Montrezl Harrell, this team has enough firepower to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.

17. Atlanta Hawks (28-31)

  • Playoffs Odds: +160
  • NBA Finals Odds: +10000

The Atlanta Hawks have surged over the last month or so, going 11-6 over their last 17 games. Unsurprisingly, All-Star guard Trae Young has been a driving force behind their improved play, averaging 27.5 points and 9.3 assists while shooting 40.7% from deep during the stretch.

Most of Atlanta’s remaining games are winnable. The Hawks should have no problem staying in the play-in spots so long as they can stay healthy.

16. Los Angeles Clippers (30-31)

  • Playoffs Odds: -180
  • NBA Finals Odds: +8000

Despite the absences of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the recently-acquired Norman Powell, the Clippers have persisted. Somehow, this team is just a game under .500 and playing some of the best defense in the Association. Coach Tyronn Lue is due plenty of credit.

If LA can get any of those three back relatively soon — and it seems likely that they will — they’ll be able to challenge for a spot in the playoffs. This is one team worth keeping an eye on.

15. Toronto Raptors (32-25)

  • Playoffs Odds: -400
  • NBA Finals Odds: +8000

There’s a lot to like about this year’s Raptors squad. Fred VanVleet is an All-Star. Pascal Siakam is spicy again. Gary Trent Jr. is shooting the lights out. And then there’s Scottie Barnes, who is as good a pick as any to be named Rookie of the Year.

Oh, and did we mention that Toronto had won nine of its last 11 games going into the All-Star break?

14. Minnesota Timberwolves (32-28)

  • Playoffs Odds: -500
  • NBA Finals Odds: +10000

The Minnesota Timberwolves are scrappy. They win games because they refuse to back down and they focus on taking valuable shots. No team in the NBA attempts more three-pointers per game than Minnesota.

With the young duo of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns at the helm (and a supporting cast that doesn’t get nearly enough credit), the Timberwolves look like a lock to return to the playoffs for just the second time since 2003-04.

13. Brooklyn Nets (31-29)

  • Playoffs Odds: -450
  • NBA Finals Odds: +550

The new-look Nets crumbled as they approached the All-Star break, losing 11 games in a row before winning two of their last three. However, Brooklyn is as close to returning to full strength as its been in some time.

Kyrie Irving will soon be eligible to play in home games, Kevin Durant is getting closer to returning, and Ben Simmons may not be too far behind. It won’t be easy, but the Nets are in position to move up the standings.

12. Denver Nuggets (34-25)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +3000

The Denver Nuggets have nearly weathered the storm. Behind Nikola Jokić‘s MVP-level play, this team has remained in playoff position throughout the season and could continue to move up the standings over the next several weeks, just in time for the return of Jamal Murray.

The 25-year-old could reportedly return sometime in March, providing the Nuggets with some much-needed firepower and relief for Jokić.

11. Utah Jazz (36-22)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +1600

All is not well in Utah. Yes, the Jazz won six of their last seven heading into the break, but tensions reportedly remain high between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the team’s two best players.

There’s also the Joe Ingles problem — the wing was lost for the season due to injury and subsequently traded to Portland.

Time will tell if the Jazz can remain in the conversation of this season’s title contenders, but there’s reason to be pessimistic about their chances.

10. Dallas Mavericks (35-24)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +4000

The jury remains out on exactly how helpful Spencer Dinwiddie and Dāvis Bertāns turn out to be, but the Mavericks are clearly in good shape as a whole. They’ve lost just three games since Jan. 25, and their largest margin of defeat during that stretch is a mere six points.

Moreover, after something of a slow start to the season, Luka Dončić is a world-beater once again. Over his last 15 games, Dončić is averaging 33.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.3 assists while shooting 41.2% from deep.

9. Boston Celtics (35-26)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +2500

Prior to their stunning loss to the Detroit Pistons, the Boston Celtics were winners of nine straight. That streak included blowout victories over the 76ers (48 points), Nets (35 points), and Heat (30 points).

Boston will certainly be tested down the stretch, but with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown playing this well, it’s hard to see this team losing many more games as the playoffs approach.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (35-24)

  • Playoffs Odds: -2500
  • NBA Finals Odds: +5000

Without question, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the biggest surprise of the season. After opening the year at (+50000) to win the NBA Finals and a projected win total of 26.5, it’s safe to say that the Cavs have exceeded expectations.

Cleveland’s league-best defense isn’t a fluke, and when healthy, this team has just enough offensive firepower to get the job done. Kudos to J.B. Bickerstaff, who appears to be the most obvious candidate to be named this season’s Coach of the Year.

7. Chicago Bulls (39-21)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +3000

At full strength, the Bulls are a force to be reckoned with. Yet even when they haven’t had all of their best players available, Chicago has persisted thanks in large part to DeMar DeRozan, who’s playing like a legitimate MVP candidate.

The 32-year-old has been on fire since mid-January, averaging 34.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game over his last 16 appearances.

Betting Tip: Chicago’s remaining schedule looks wicked, but the team is also on the verge of returning some of its most important pieces. If you’re interested in backing this team to win the NBA Finals, now is the time.

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6. Philadelphia 76ers (35-23)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +700

The Philadelphia 76ers made the most significant move at this year’s trade deadline, acquiring superstar James Harden from the Nets in a deal that few would have seen coming one month ago. Alongside Joel Embiid, this Sixers team has championship potential.

Time will tell if it works on the court, but for now, this looks like one of the best teams in the league on paper.

5. Golden State Warriors (43-17)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +475

Golden State has looked more vulnerable lately, but it’s hardly anything to worry about. This team is still loaded with talent, and once Draymond Green can return from his back injury, the Warriors will be terrifying once again.

As long as Stephen Curry remains on the floor, Golden State will be a massive threat to the rest of the league.

4. Milwaukee Bucks (36-24)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +600

The Bucks are another team whose recent on-court results shouldn’t worry you. Milwaukee lost three of its last four going into the All-Star break, but injuries and absences were partially to blame.

With that said, Milwaukee’s end-of-season schedule is no joke. The Bucks’ remaining opponents have the highest combined winning percentage in the league and include the Suns, Warriors, Grizzlies, Bulls (three times), and Heat.

Betting Tip: As difficult as their upcoming schedule may be, it’s never wise to bet against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the defending champions. If they can stay healthy, they’ll have a great chance of repeating.

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3. Miami Heat (38-21)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +1100

Amid the chaos that is the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat have quietly risen near the top of the standings. The team plays well on both ends of the floor, but Miami’s top-five defense is just one of the few reasons why they’ve been among the best and most consistent teams throughout the season.

Between Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, and Tyler Herro, there’s no shortage of talent in Miami. The upcoming schedule is difficult, but the Heat should maintain their position in one of the East’s top four spots.

2. Memphis Grizzlies (41-20)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +2500

The Memphis Grizzlies rolled into the All-Star break as winners in nine of their last 11 games. Those games weren’t particularly close, either — the Grizzlies’ average margin of victory in their nine wins was 15.6 points.

Unfortunately for the rest of the Western Conference, things will only get easier from here on out for Memphis. The Grizz have the third-easiest remaining schedule in the NBA and will take on bottom-feeders like the Magic, Thunder, Rockets (twice), and Pacers (twice).

1. Phoenix Suns (49-10)

  • Playoffs Odds: N/A
  • NBA Finals Odds: +450

If there was still any doubt as to whether or not the Suns were deserving of their NBA Finals appearance last season, they’ve certainly eliminated that by now. Phoenix has lost just once in its last 20 games, giving them a comfortable position atop the Western Conference standings.

Chris Paul‘s health is a major concern — he’s slated to miss the next 6-8 weeks with a thumb fracture — but the Suns are strong enough on both sides of the ball to minimize the blow.

Betting Tip: As long as Paul can return at some point before/in the early stages of the playoffs, the Suns should be favored to win the title. There may not be a ton of value in taking them at their current price, but they’ve earned the right to be considered the top team in the NBA.

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  • Mavericks +800 to win West

    The Dallas Mavericks are +800 to win the Western Conference, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Mavericks are +800 to win the West, a huge jump from the +360 they sat at prior to Game 3. Dallas was able to win Game 4 but is not expected to emerge from the West. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a series in the NBA Playoffs.

  • Mavericks +3000 to win NBA Championship

    The Dallas Mavericks are +3000 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Dallas has found some life after a Game 4 victory but is still up against history in their bid to win four straight in order to even make the NBA Finals. Dallas sat at +1100 prior to their Game 3 loss.

  • Warriors -139 to win NBA Championship

    The Golden State Warriors are -139 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    At -143 before their Game 4 loss, the Warriors actually climbed to -139. Golden State is still the heavy favorite to win it all but has not yet been assigned the odds due to a team that is certain to make the NBA Finals.

  • Warriors fall to -250 to win West

    The Golden State Warriors have fallen to -250 to win the Western Conference, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Golden State headed into Game 4 at -10000 to win the West but has come crashing back to reality after failing to sweep the Mavericks. It is worth noting that no team in NBA history has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit and that only two teams have even managed to tie it back up.

  • Heat +160 to win East

    The Miami Heat are +160 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Miami is tied 2-2 against Boston but is being viewed as the clear underdogs. Miami is dealing with injuries to Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, and P.J. Tucker and is facing a relatively healthy Celtics squad. Miami was +137 heading into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead.