NBA Power Ranking: Who is Best in East? Bucks or Raptors?

1GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (41-16, 71.9%): Winning 83 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 61-21 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 80% 20-5 record)

Computer simulations give them an 88.3% chance of winning the West with Vegas odds at 4/15. They have a 76.9% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 2/5. Their chances are up significantly since 1/18 where they were at 66.3%.

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2MILWAUKEE BUCKS (43-14, 75.4%): Winning 70 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 62-20 (19-6 rest of season)

They have a 52.5 percent chance of reaching the Finals (Odds stand at 2/1). The odds of them winning the NBA Championship are 8/1 and they win it all in 12.9 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 (43-16, 72.9%): Winning 62 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 59-23 (16-7 rest of season)

Their current odds of winning the East are 2/1 and in simulations they win the conference 16.4% of the time. They have a 2.4% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 8/1. Their chances have dropped since 1/17 when they were at 7.9 percent.

4PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (37-21, 63.8%): Winning 62 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 51-31 (Projected to win just 58.3% 14-10 rest of the season)

They have a 13 percent chance of reaching the Finals (Odds stand at 9/4). The odds of them winning the NBA Championship are 10/1 and they win it all in 2 percent of our latest simulations. Their chances have dropped since 1/17 when they were at 5.8 percent. Their power ranking is up 6 spots since 2/8. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #6.

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5HOUSTON ROCKETS (33-24, 57.9%): Winning 61 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 49-33 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 64% 16-9 record)

They have a 3.3 percent chance of reaching the Finals (Odds stand at 7/1). They have a 1.5 percent chance of winning the championship (Odds 14/1). Their chances are down from 5.1% on January 23. Their power ranking is down 3 spots since 12/30. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #10.

6PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (34-23, 59.6%): Winning 60 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 49-33 (15-10 rest of season)

Their current odds of winning the West are 100/1 and in simulations they win the conference 2.2% of the time. The odds of them winning the NBA Championship are 200/1 and they win it all in 0.8 percent of our latest simulations. The simulation based percentages have held steady over the past 30 days. Their power ranking is up 10 spots since 1/7.

7INDIANA PACERS (38-20, 65.5%): Winning 58 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 52-30 (Projected to win just 58.3% 14-10 rest of the season)

They have a 10 percent chance of reaching the Finals (Odds stand at 40/1). They have a 1.1% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 200/1. Their chances have dropped since 1/17 when they were at 4.6 percent. Their power ranking is up 5 spots since 1/29.

8DENVER NUGGETS (39-18, 68.4%): Winning 56 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 52-30 (Projected to win just 52% 13-12 rest of the season)

Their projection is up from 48 wins on January 17. Their power ranking is up 9 spots since 1/17. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #4.

9BOSTON CELTICS (37-21, 63.8%): Winning 56 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 50-32 (Projected to win just 54.2% 13-11 rest of the season)

Computer simulations give them a 6% chance of winning the East with Vegas odds at 3/1. They have a 0.6% chance of winning the championship with Vegas odds at 14/1. Their chances have dropped since 1/18 when they were at 5.6 percent. Their power ranking is down 7 spots since 1/11.

10OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (37-20, 64.9%): Winning 56 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 50-32 (Projected to win just 52% 13-12 rest of the season)

Their projection is up from 46 wins on January 19. Their power ranking is down 4 spots since 12/21.

11UTAH JAZZ (32-25, 56.1%): Winning 54 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 47-35 (15-10 rest of season)

On 2/16 their projected win total was up to 49 wins. Their power ranking is down 6 spots since 1/7.

12SAN ANTONIO SPURS (33-26, 55.9%): Winning 52 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 45-37 (12-11 rest of season)

Their projected win total is down since 2/9 when it was at 42 wins. Their power ranking is up 9 spots since 2/6.

13MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (27-30, 47.4%): Winning 50 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (Projected to win just 44% 11-14 rest of the season)

They have a 6% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 25% back on 1/17. Their power ranking is up 8 spots since 2/12. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #17.

14NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (26-33, 44.1%): Winning 49 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 37-45 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 47.8% 11-12 record)

Their projected win total is down from 42 wins on January 17. While not great, they still have an outside shot at making the playoffs (3%). Their power ranking is up 7 spots since 2/7. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #23.

15MIAMI HEAT (26-30, 46.4%): Winning 49 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (12-14 rest of season)

They have a 42% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 85% back on 1/21. Their power ranking is down 3 spots since 1/5. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #20.

16DALLAS MAVERICKS (26-31, 45.6%): Winning 49 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (12-13 rest of season)

Their projected win total is down from 41 wins on February 3. They still have a small 3.2% chance of making the playoffs. Their power ranking is up 9 spots since 12/18. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #22.

17ORLANDO MAGIC (27-32, 45.8%): Winning 48 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (11-12 rest of season)

They have a 44% 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 9 spots since 1/17. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #21.

18LOS ANGELES LAKERS (28-29, 49.1%): Winning 48 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 40-42 (12-13 rest of season)

They have a 22% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 67% back on 1/21. They have virtually no chance of getting home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their power ranking is down 13 spots since 12/27. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #14.

19DETROIT PISTONS (26-30, 46.4%): Winning 47 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 39-43 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 50% 13-13 record)

They have a 64% chance of making the playoffs. This is a big jump from the 24% chance they had back on 1/31. Their power ranking is down 5 spots since 2/12.

20WASHINGTON WIZARDS (24-34, 41.4%): Winning 46 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 37-45 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 54.2% 13-11 record)

They have a 35% chance of making the playoffs. Their chances are down from 86% back on 1/31. Their power ranking is down 10 spots since 1/21. They are better than their projected win-loss record indicates. Their power rank based on projected wins is just #24.

21CHARLOTTE HORNETS (27-30, 47.4%): Winning 45 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (Projected to win just 44% 11-14 rest of the season)

They make the playoffs in 56% of simulations. This is a big jump from the 22% chance they had back on 1/17. Their power ranking is up 4 spots since 1/7.

22SACRAMENTO KINGS (30-27, 52.6%): Winning 45 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 40-42 (Projected to win just 40% 10-15 rest of the season)

They make the playoffs in 14% of simulations. Their chances are down from 33% back on 2/6. 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.

23ATLANTA HAWKS (19-39, 32.8%): Winning 43 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 29-53 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 41.7% 10-14 record)

Their projection is up from 25 wins on January 22. Their power ranking is up 6 spots since 1/11.

24MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (23-36, 39%): Winning 42 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 32-50 (9-14 rest of season)

Their projected win total is down from 36 wins on January 17. Their power ranking is down 7 spots since 1/7.

25LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (32-27, 54.2%): Winning 42 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 42-40 (Projected to win just 43.5% 10-13 rest of the season)

They have a 57% chance of making the playoffs. This is a big jump from the 9% chance they had back on 1/23. They have virtually no chance of getting home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their power ranking is down 8 spots since 12/30. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #13.

26BROOKLYN NETS (30-29, 50.8%): Winning 40 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 38-44 (Projected to win just 34.8% 8-15 rest of the season)

They make the playoffs in 59% of simulations. Their chances are down from 86% back on 1/31. Their power ranking is down 10 spots since 12/21. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #18.

27CHICAGO BULLS (14-44, 24.1%): Winning 38 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 23-59 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 37.5% 9-15 record)

Their projected win total is down since 1/19 when it was at 21 wins. Their power ranking is up 3 spots since 12/18.

28CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (12-46, 20.7%): Winning 35 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 21-61 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 37.5% 9-15 record)

Their projected win total is down since 1/17 when it was at 19 wins.

29PHOENIX SUNS (11-48, 18.6%): Winning 27 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 17-65 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 26.1% 6-17 record)

Their projected win total is down from 23 wins on January 17. Their power ranking is down 3 spots since 12/21.

30NEW YORK KNICKS (11-47, 19%): Winning 26 Percent of Neutral Court Simulations
Projected Win-Loss: 18-64 (Projected to increase win% rest of season to 29.2% 7-17 record)

Their projected win total is down from 26 wins on January 17. Their power ranking is down 5 spots since 1/17.