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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 2013-14 campaign, users can view his weekly Division Rankings, Playoff Projections, NBA Finals Prediction and Power Poll.

Follow him on Twitter @TonyMejiaNBA

Division Rankings

A questionable call after a missed travel allowed Mike Conley an opportunity to significantly boost Memphis' playoff aspirations in a Wednesday night win over Dallas that had a Game 7 feel. Considering the majority of the regular season's final night was heavy on garbage time, that finish is going to significantly impact this playoff race. Neither team wanted to see San Antonio. That was obvious and indicative of the respect the Spurs command from other coaches. The Mavericks are going to take their best shot and have a veteran hunger that makes them a tough out, but the Grizzlies are now more likely to get out of the first round. Keep that in mind when reading these final power rankings. The Spurs have earned the No. 1 seed and corresponding top spot here, but we'll see how they hold up over the next few months. OKC, should it survive, appears to be a nightmare matchup. In the East, Miami willingly fumbled away the top seed to run its own race. That, too, is taken into account below, where we rank teams as they stack up entering the real show.

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

First Team All-NBA
F- LeBron James, Miami
F- Kevin Durant, OKC
C- Joakim Noah, Chicago
G- Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
G- Stephen Curry, Golden State

Second Team All-NBA
F- Kevin Love, Minnesota
F- Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
F- LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
G- Tony Parker, San Antonio
G- James Harden, Houston

Third Team All-NBA
F- Carmelo Anthony, New York
F- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
C- Dwight Howard, Houston
G- Damian Lillard, Portland
G/F- Paul George, Indiana

2013-14 NBA Finals Prediction

Oklahoma City over Miami - Because they were without so many key pieces for much of the past few months, there is a good chance OKC puts it all together. With Caron Butler added to the Thunder mix and homecourt against everyone but a Spurs team they're 4-0 against, the likelihood they'll get out of the Western Conference free-for-all has increased. Without knowing whether Dwyane Wade can be himself these next few months, Oklahoma City has a great shot at reversing the 2012 Finals result.


Power Rankings
Rank Team Betting Notes Last Week
1 San Antonio Spurs (62-20 SU, 46-36 ATS) 2
2 Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23 SU, 43-38-1 ATS) 1
3 Los Angeles Clippers (57-25 SU, 45-36-1 ATS) 3
4 Miami Heat (54-28 SU, 37-43-2 ATS) 4
5 Portland Trail Blazers (54-28 SU, 45-37 ATS) 5
6 Houston Rockets (54-28 SU, 40-40-2 ATS) 6
7 Memphis Grizzlies (50-32 SU, 36-43-3 ATS) 9
8 Indiana Pacers (56-26 SU, 38-43-1 ATS) 10
9 Golden State Warriors (51-31 SU, 41-39-2 ATS) 7
10 Dallas Mavericks (49-33 SU, 44-38 ATS) 8
11 Chicago Bulls (48-34 SU, 42-40 ATS) 11
12 Brooklyn Nets (44-38 SU, 43-39 ATS) 12
13 Toronto Raptors (48-34 SU, 46-35-1 ATS) 14
14 Phoenix Suns (48-34 SU, 52-28-2 ATS) 13
15 Charlotte Bobcats (43-39 SU, 46-34-2 ATS) 15
16 Washington Wizards (44-38, 42-38-2 ATS) 16
17 Atlanta Hawks (38-44 SU, 38-43-1 ATS) 18
18 Minnesota Timberwolves (40-42 SU, 39-43 ATS) 17
19 New York Knicks (37-45 SU, 38-44 ATS) 21
20 Denver Nuggets (36-46 SU, 39-42-1 ATS) 20
21 Cleveland Cavaliers (33-49 SU, 40-42 ATS) 19
22 New Orleans Pelicans (34-48 SU, 36-41-5 ATS) 22
23 Detroit Pistons (29-53 SU, 36-46 ATS) 23
24 Sacramento Kings (28-54 SU, 37-42-3 ATS) 24
25 Los Angeles Lakers (27-55 SU, 40-40-2 ATS) 27
26 Utah Jazz (25-57 SU, 34-44-4 ATS) 25
27 Boston Celtics (25-57 SU, 38-43-1 ATS) 28
28 Orlando Magic (23-59 SU, 34-45-3 ATS) 26
29 Philadelphia 76ers (19-63 SU, 35-47 ATS) 30
30 Milwaukee Bucks (15-67 SU, 37-44-1 ATS) 29
  
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