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NBA Power Poll

 
Tony Mejia continues his coverage on VegasInsider.com this pro basketball season as a regular contributor. Each week throughout the 2014-15 campaign, users can view his weekly Division Rankings, Playoff Projections, NBA Finals Prediction and Power Poll.


Division Rankings

1) Southwest
2) Pacific
3) Southeast
4) Northwest
5) Central
6) Atlantic

Playoff Projections

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta
2. Chicago
3. Cleveland
4. Toronto
5. Washington
6. Milwaukee
7. Miami
8. Detroit

Western Conference
1. Golden State
2. Memphis
3. Portland
4. San Antonio
5. Houston
6. Dallas
7. L.A. Clippers
8. Oklahoma City

First Team All-NBA
F- LeBron James, Cleveland
F- Anthony Davis, New Orleans
C- Marc Gasol, Memphis
G- Stephen Curry, Golden State
G- James Harden, Houston

Second Team All-NBA
F- Pau Gasol, Chicago
F- LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
C- DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
G- Russell Westbrook, OKC
G- Klay Thompson, Golden State

Third Team All-NBA
F- Kevin Durant, OKC
F- Paul Millsap, Atlanta
C- Al Horford, Atlanta
G- John Wall, Washington
G- Damian Lillard, Portland

2014-15 NBA Finals Prediction

San Antonio over Chicago - Presuming every key figure remains healthy throughout the postseason, we'll see the Spurs remain basketball's best team. Their projected opponent will open some eyebrows, but I'd agree with James that the Cavaliers do indeed have a long way to go before they have the goods to win it all. The Bulls will be more disciplined defensively, have solid depth and a deep, smart, unselfish frontcourt that will get their hands dirty and be a force on both ends of the floor come May and June. Derrick Rose will hopefully be bouncing around running the show, providing the requisite hunger necessary to extend Cleveland's championship drought at least another season. Of course, the Cavs and impressive likely No. 1 seed Atlanta won't go quietly, giving San Antonio's repeat bid a major boost as it awaits a tired Eastern Conference champ.


Power Rankings
Rank Team Betting Notes (2014-15 Record) Last Week
1 Atlanta Hawks (43-11 SU, 38-16 ATS) 1
2 Golden State Warriors (42-9 SU, 31-19-1 ATS) 2
3 Memphis Grizzlies (39-14 SU, 27-25-1 ATS) 3
4 Chicago Bulls (34-20 SU, 25-29 ATS) 9
5 Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22 SU, 25-30 ATS) 4
6 San Antonio Spurs (34-19 SU, 23-29-1 ATS) 5
7 Portland Trail Blazers (36-17 SU, 26-26-1 ATS) 7
8 Houston Rockets (36-17 SU, 30-23 ATS) 6
9 Toronto Raptors (36-17 SU, 26-26-1 ATS) 8
10 Los Angeles Clippers (35-19 SU, 22-32 ATS) 10
11 Dallas Mavericks (36-19 SU, 25-2732 ATS) 11
12 Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25 SU, 25-28 ATS) 13
13 Washington Wizards (33-21, 25-28-1 ATS) 12
14 Milwaukee Bucks (30-23 SU, 33-20 ATS) 14
15 New Orleans Pelicans (27-26 SU, 30-23 ATS) 15
16 Phoenix Suns (29-25 SU, 28-25-1 ATS) 16
17 Detroit Pistons (21-33 SU, 24-30 ATS) 17
18 Indiana Pacers (21-33 SU, 28-24-2 ATS) 18
19 Charlotte Hornets (22-30 SU, 26-23-3 ATS) 19
20 Miami Heat (22-30 SU, 22-27-3 ATS) 20
21 Boston Celtics (20-31 SU, 28-23 ATS) 21
22 Utah Jazz (19-34 SU, 28-24-1 ATS) 22
23 Brooklyn Nets (21-31 SU, 24-28 ATS) 23
24 Denver Nuggets (20-33 SU, 20-31-2 ATS) 25
25 Sacramento Kings (18-34 SU, 20-30-2 ATS) 24
26 Orlando Magic (17-39 SU, 29-26-1 ATS) 26
27 Minnesota Timberwolves (11-42 SU, 23-29-1 ATS) 27
28 New York Knicks (10-43 SU, 20-31-2 ATS) 28
29 Los Angeles Lakers (13-40 SU, 24-29 ATS) 29
30 Philadelphia 76ers (12-41 SU, 26-26-1 ATS) 30
Updated Wed, Feb. 18, 10:00 AM ET
  
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