NBA Power Ranking: Houston Rockets Currently at #4

1GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (40-15, 72.7%): Winning 84 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 61-21 (21-6 rest of season)

Computer simulations give them an 86.6% chance of winning the West with Vegas odds at 4/15. They have a 78.6% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 2/5. Their chances are up significantly since 1/12 where they were at 42.6%.

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2MILWAUKEE BUCKS (41-14, 74.5%): Winning 68 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 61-21 (20-7 rest of season)

Computer simulations give them a 40.5% chance of winning the East with Vegas odds at 9/4. The odds of them winning the NBA Championship are 10/1 and they win it all in 7.7 percent of our latest simulations. Their chances are up significantly from 2.5% on 2/2. Their power ranking is up 8 spots since 12/24.

3TORONTO RAPTORS (41-16, 71.9%): Winning 66 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 59-23 (18-7 rest of season)

They have a 28.5 percent chance of reaching the Finals (Odds stand at 9/4). They have a 4.6% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 10/1. Their chances are down from 11.3% on January 15.

4HOUSTON ROCKETS (32-23, 58.2%): Winning 65 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 50-32 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 66.7% 18-9 record)

Their current odds of winning the West are 6/1 and in simulations they win the conference 5.8% of the time. The odds of them winning the NBA Championship are 12/1 and they win it all in 3.3 percent of our latest simulations. Their chances have dropped since 1/12 when they were at 7.2 percent. Their power ranking is up 4 spots since 1/14. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #8.

5PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (36-20, 64.3%): Winning 60 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 51-31 (Projected to win just 57.7% 15-11 rest of the season)

Computer simulations give them a 10.8% chance of winning the East with Vegas odds at 9/4. They have a 1.2% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 10/1. Their chances have dropped since 1/17 when they were at 5.8 percent. Their power ranking is up 5 spots since 2/8.

6INDIANA PACERS (37-19, 66.1%): Winning 60 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 53-29 (16-10 rest of season)

Their current odds of winning the East are 100/1 and in simulations they win the conference 13.4% of the time. They have a 1.7% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 300/1. Their chances have dropped since 1/15 when they were at 4.9 percent. Their power ranking is up 6 spots since 1/29.

7DENVER NUGGETS (37-18, 67.3%): Winning 58 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 52-30 (Projected to win just 55.6% 15-12 rest of the season)

Computer simulations give them a 2.9% chance of winning the West with Vegas odds at 15/1. They have a 1 percent chance of winning the championship (Odds 30/1). Their chances have held steady over the past month. Their power ranking is up 10 spots since 1/17.

8PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (33-22, 60%): Winning 57 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 48-34 (Projected to win just 55.6% 15-12 rest of the season)

Their projection is up from 45 wins on January 16. Their power ranking is up 8 spots since 1/7.

9BOSTON CELTICS (35-21, 62.5%): Winning 56 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 49-33 (Projected to win just 53.8% 14-12 rest of the season)

They have a 4.7 percent chance of reaching the Finals (Odds stand at 9/4). They have a 0.4 percent chance of winning the championship (Odds 10/1). Their chances are down from 10% on January 12. Their power ranking is down 7 spots since 12/13.

10OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (36-19, 65.5%): Winning 56 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 51-31 (Projected to win just 55.6% 15-12 rest of the season)

Their projected win total is down since 2/13 when it was at 46 wins. Their power ranking is down 4 spots since 12/21.

11UTAH JAZZ (32-24, 57.1%): Winning 55 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 47-35 (15-11 rest of season)

Their projected win total is down from 49 wins on January 29. Their power ranking is down 6 spots since 1/7.

12SAN ANTONIO SPURS (32-26, 55.2%): Winning 53 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 45-37 (13-11 rest of season)

Their playoff chances currently stand at 92 percent. This is a big jump from the 49% chance they had back on 1/31. If they do make the playoffs, they have a 3% chance of getting home court advantage in the first round. Their power ranking is up 9 spots since 2/6.

13MIAMI HEAT (25-29, 46.3%): Winning 52 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (13-15 rest of season)

They have a 51% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 97% back on 1/13. Their power ranking is up 5 spots since 1/17. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #20.

14WASHINGTON WIZARDS (24-32, 42.9%): Winning 52 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 39-43 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 57.7% 15-11 record)

They make the playoffs in 68% of simulations. Their chances are down from 95% back on 1/15. Their power ranking is up 11 spots since 12/13.

15DALLAS MAVERICKS (26-29, 47.3%): Winning 50 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 39-43 (13-14 rest of season)

They make the playoffs in 9% of simulations. Their chances are down from 29% back on 2/3. Their power ranking is up 10 spots since 12/17.

16LOS ANGELES LAKERS (28-28, 50%): Winning 48 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 41-41 (13-13 rest of season)

Their playoff chances currently stand at 34 percent. Their chances are down from 70% back on 1/12. If they do make the playoffs, they have next to no chance of getting home court advantage in the first round. Their power ranking is down 12 spots since 12/14.

17DETROIT PISTONS (25-29, 46.3%): Winning 48 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 39-43 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 50% 14-14 record)

Their playoff chances currently stand at 62 percent. This is a big jump from the 24% chance they had back on 1/31. Their power ranking is up 5 spots since 12/13.

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18ORLANDO MAGIC (25-32, 43.9%): Winning 47 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 36-46 (11-14 rest of season)

They have a 16% chance of making the playoffs. This is a big jump from the 0% chance they had back on 2/7. Their power ranking is up 8 spots since 1/17. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #23.

19NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (25-32, 43.9%): Winning 45 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 37-45 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 48% 12-13 record)

Their projected win total is down from 42 wins on January 17. Their power ranking is down 9 spots since 1/17.

20MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (25-30, 45.5%): Winning 44 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 36-46 (Projected to win just 40.7% 11-16 rest of the season)

On 2/9 their projected win total was up to 42 wins. Their power ranking is down 13 spots since 12/13. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #24.

21LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (31-26, 54.4%): Winning 44 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 42-40 (Projected to win just 44% 11-14 rest of the season)

They make the playoffs in 54% of simulations. This is a big jump from the 9% chance they had back on 1/23. If they do make the playoffs, they have next to no chance of getting home court advantage in the first round. Their power ranking is down 4 spots since 12/13. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #13.

22SACRAMENTO KINGS (30-26, 53.6%): Winning 43 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 40-42 (Projected to win just 38.5% 10-16 rest of the season)

They make the playoffs in 11% of simulations. Their chances are down from 33% back on 2/6. If they do make the playoffs, they have next to no chance of getting home court advantage in the first round. Their power ranking is down 7 spots since 1/31. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #15.

23BROOKLYN NETS (29-28, 50.9%): Winning 42 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 39-43 (Projected to win just 40% 10-15 rest of the season)

They have a 65% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 86% back on 1/31. Their power ranking is down 7 spots since 12/21. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #19.

24CHARLOTTE HORNETS (27-28, 49.1%): Winning 41 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 37-45 (Projected to win just 37% 10-17 rest of the season)

They have a 38% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 67% back on 2/5. Their power ranking is down 8 spots since 12/13.

25MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (23-34, 40.4%): Winning 40 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 33-49 (10-15 rest of season)

Their projected win total is down from 38 wins on January 14. Their power ranking is down 8 spots since 1/7.

26ATLANTA HAWKS (18-38, 32.1%): Winning 38 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 28-54 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 38.5% 10-16 record)

Their projection is up from 25 wins on January 22. Their power ranking is up 3 spots since 1/11.

27CHICAGO BULLS (13-43, 23.2%): Winning 37 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 22-60 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 34.6% 9-17 record)

On 1/22 their projected win total was up to 24 wins. Their power ranking is up 3 spots since 12/13.

28CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (11-45, 19.6%): Winning 34 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 20-62 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 34.6% 9-17 record)

Their projected win total is down from 22 wins on February 1.

29NEW YORK KNICKS (10-45, 18.2%): Winning 30 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 19-63 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 33.3% 9-18 record)

Their projected win total is down from 27 wins on January 12. Their power ranking is down 4 spots since 1/17.

30PHOENIX SUNS (11-47, 19%): Winning 27 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 17-65 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 25% 6-18 record)

On 1/22 their projected win total was up to 23 wins. Their power ranking is down 4 spots since 12/21.