NBA Power Rankings, Week 6

Five weeks into 2022-23 NBA Season, the Utah Jazz Still, they have the most wins in Western Conference. However, the fun of topsy-turvy doesn't end here. Sacramento Kings They are now on the rise with a seven-game winning streak.

Between the legendary Jazz and Kings, there is the The Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets And LA Clippers While they are beginning to live up to their expectations, none of them have been able to break away from the rest.

Two of the best NBA players this season are on these teams. Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks And Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors. Dallas and Golden State aren't sure if they've fully utilized the MVP-caliber performances from Curry and Doncic but they certainly haven't capitalized on enough as both teams hover around 0.500.

The Boston Celtics And Milwaukee Bucks They still look the same as the Eastern Conference's two main contenders. Just when it seemed like the Brooklyn Nets They might finally be able to look like a true challenger. However, they lost a game to a short-handed opponent. Philadelphia 76ers Without a team Joel Embiid And James Harden. However, Kyrie Irving Brooklyn, back on the court Ben Simmons The Nets may be able to get back in the conversation if he starts to find his form.

Check out the standings of the East's elite, West's surprises, and all 30 teams this week.

Note: Throughout the regular season our panel (Kendra Andrews, Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin, Ohm Youngmisuk ) ranks all 30 teams. They take stock of which teams have the best basketball right now and which look most like title contenders.

Previous rankings: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

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1. Boston Celtics
2022-23 record: 13-4
Previous ranking: 1

Boston now stands at 12-0 against teams other than Chicago and Cleveland, and is 1-4 against the Bulls and Cavaliers after Monday's second shellacking in Chicago. Boston is still cruising along at the second-ranked offense in the league and moving up in the defensive ranks. Robert Williams III Continues to make progress towards regaining knee surgery from two months ago. Bontemps


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2. Milwaukee Bucks
2022-23 record: 12-4
Previous ranking: 2

Brook Lopez To follow his four-block performance against the Sixers, Lopez collected five blocks in Monday’s win over Trail Blazers. This brings his league-high total of 44 blocks to five. Lopez is the leader of Milwaukee's league-leading defense and is early favourite for Defensive Players of the Year. Collier


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3. Phoenix Suns
2022-23 record: 11-6
Previous ranking: 6

Phoenix has won three of four to stabilize Chris Paul A heel injury continues to keep the Suns out of action. The Suns have been on fire from the inside, with an average of 18 made 3s for 47.8% during their three wins. — McMenamin


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4. Cleveland Cavaliers
2022-23 record: 11-6
Previous ranking: 7

Donovan Mitchell 29.8 points, 6.0 assists Darius Garland They continue to be the most skilled backcourt in league (23.9 points, 7.8 assists). They just need to address Garland's turnovers. Over the Cavs' last three games, he has averaged 7.0 turnovers. This brings his season average down to 4.0 per match — the second-worst in the NBA after Joel Embiid (4.4). McMenamin


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5. Utah Jazz
2022-23 record: 12-7
Previous ranking: 9

Malik Beasley — one of the players who was acquired in the Rudy Gobert trade — enjoyed a sizzling stretch, which was interrupted by Monday's loss against the Clippers. Beasley was 34 of 71 (47.9%), when he attempted 3-point shooting in the seven previous games. He averaged 19.4 points per contest. Beasley has at least four 3s for the Jazz, who are now 6-2. — MacMahon


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6. Denver Nuggets
2022-23 record: 10-7
Previous ranking: 3

Even though it was back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic And Jamal Murray Denver lost to a because they were back in line. Detroit Pistons Team without Cade Cunningham And Isaiah Stewart. The Nuggets are 24th in defensive rating. However, their closest three opponents rank in bottom five offensive efficiency. This gives them a great opportunity. — Andrews


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7. Memphis Grizzlies
2022-23 record: 10-8
Previous ranking: 5

Ja Morant Although he was expected to be out week-to–week with a left foot injury, he only missed one game against the Kings. Morant missed the first free throw in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and scored 20 of his 34 point in the fourth quarter. — MacMahon


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8. LA Clippers
2022-23 record: 11-7
Previous ranking: 12

The Clippers won three consecutive games with Kawhi Leonard Back in the starting lineup. Clippers are known for their ability to make stars return, and then get injured. Paul George Right hamstring strain meant that George missed Monday's victory against Utah. Although it doesn't seem to be serious, it is not clear when George will return. The Clippers are scoring and defending at an elite level. Norman Powell Heating up. Reggie Jackson Finding a rhythm is key. — Youngmisuk


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9. New Orleans Pelicans
2022-23 record: 10-7
Previous ranking: 15

Some fans are disappointed that Stephen Curry is not playing in New Orleans for the fourth time, but the Pelicans aren’t complaining. New Orleans beat the Warriors by 45 percent on Monday, the second largest win in Pelicans franchise record. Brandon Ingram He scored 34 points against Golden State, his first 30-point win of the season. Ingram's 3-point shooting this season has been outstanding; he's up 48.2% on 4.3 games per game which is an increase from 32.7% on the 4.1 attempts a year ago. — Lopez


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10. Atlanta Hawks
2022-23 record: 10-7
Previous ranking: 8

Hawks rookies found it difficult to keep track of the minutes. AJ Griffin To start the season, Griffin had only 17 points in 30 minutes off the bench. However, he has made good use of the time that he has been there the past two games. Griffin scored the overtime win against Toronto on Saturday, scoring 17 points in 30 minutes of playing time. Trae Young. Griffin was promoted to the starting line-up Monday. De'Andre Hunter (non COVID-19 disease) and put up 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting. — Lopez


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11. Portland Trail Blazers
2022-23 record: 10-7
Previous ranking: 4

The Blazers are currently in a tough spot, losing three of their four previous games and missing out on a number of important games. Damian Lillard At least one week more after the point guard injured his calf. The Blazers will have to snap the slide in the next four games against Knicks Nets, Clippers, and Cavs. — Youngmisuk


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12. Sacramento Kings
2022-23 record: 10-6
Previous ranking: 18

Light the beam! The Kings are currently on a seven game win streak. In their last win against the Grizzlies, they displayed their best defensive performance of this season. De'Aaron Fox Kings land is at All-Star level. — Andrews


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13. Dallas Mavericks
2022-23 record: 9-7
Previous ranking: 10

Dallas tends to play down against teams that are weaker. The Mavericks have lost to the Pelicans without being able to do so. Zion Williamson Brandon Ingram, Orlando Magic The Wizards are without Paolo Banchero without Paolo Banchero Bradley Beal And Kristaps PorzingisJamal Murray and, as well as the Nuggets without Nikola Jokic. Aaron Gordon. Dallas is also 0-4 if Luka Doncic fails to score 30 points, including a loss against the Rockets. — MacMahon


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14. Indiana Pacers
2022-23 record: 10-6
Previous ranking: 20

You shouldn't send the Rookie-of-the Year award to Orlando yet, because Indiana has already sent it. Bennedict Mathurin Mathurin is proving to be the league’s best rookie, despite being on the bench. Mathurin averages 19.3 points per contest, and Tuesday's 22-point performance was his seventh 20 point game as a reserve player this season. This broke a tie with Dallas. Christian Wood The league's highest scoring player. Collier


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15. Washington Wizards
2022-23 record: 10-7
Previous ranking: 13

Washington has won six out of seven of its previous seven games. Kyle Kuzma In November, Bradley Beal averaged 20.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. He also had 4.3 assists. Bradley Beal has returned from safety and health protocols. He is averaging 26 points per game and 6.3 assists in his last three games. Kristaps porzingis is still available, which is perhaps the most important. He had a huge performance in overtime against the undermanned Heat. He scored 20 points, 17 rebounds, and had 5 assists. — Youngmisuk


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16. Toronto Raptors
2022-23 record: 9-8
Previous ranking: 14

Another season, another list of injuries for the Raptors. Who should be getting? Gary Trent Jr. Have you been invited to Toronto's Nets game on Wednesday? Pascal Siakam He will likely follow his footsteps in the near future. However, Toronto still ranks in the top 10 in offense as well as overall net rating despite all the injuries. This suggests that there may be upside to this group if Nick Nurse can get all his players onto the court for an extended time. Bontemps


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17. Philadelphia 76ers
2022-23 record: 9-8
Previous ranking: 11

The 76ers' return to Ben Simmons was a moment of inspiration. They beat the Nets star-studded team with their three top scorers Joel Embiid and James Harden. Tyrese Maxey — sidelined due to injuries. It will be difficult to win until reinforcements arrive. However, there's a chance that Embiid could come back as soon as this weekend at Orlando. Bontemps


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18. Minnesota Timberwolves
2022-23 record: 9-8
Previous ranking: 21

The Timberwolves are currently on a four-game winning streak, and it seems like they're starting to come together after a rough start. They're currently 10th in West, but only one game and a quarter separates them from 10th and 4th. — Andrews


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19. New York Knicks
2022-23 record: 9-9
Previous ranking: 19

New York was able to survive the five-game West Coast trip with a 3-2 record. This allowed it to be.500 and will now be playing six of its next seven games in New York. The bad news? Its next opponents — Portland Memphis, Milwaukee Dallas, Cleveland, Cleveland and Atlanta — are all likely to make it into the playoffs. Bontemps


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20. Brooklyn Nets
2022-23 record: 8-10
Previous ranking: 22

Brooklyn Nets roller coaster is unlike any other. They lost 153 points to the Kings in a single week, but then won their first win of the season against the Blazers two days later. Kyrie Irving returned from an eight-game suspension on Sunday. On Tuesday, they were defeated by the Sixers, who had a weaker team. Simmons appears to be finding his groove, which is good news for this inconsistent team. Over his last four games, Simmons has scored 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds while he has 6.5 assists. — Friedell


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21. Golden State Warriors
2022-23 record: 8-10
Previous ranking: 17

The good news is that the Warriors finally won on the road! Also, Klay Thompson He put together two strong performances in consecutive games, including a 41 point game in which he made 10 threes. The downside for Golden State: Their bench is still very weak and they were blown out of the game by the Pelicans. — Andrews


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22. Miami Heat
2022-23 record: 7-11
Previous ranking: 16

Miami has now lost four straight games and is currently struggling without a swingman Jimmy ButlerA knee injury has been sustained by a patient named. Good news is that Kyle Lowry In his five most recent games, he has averaged 17.6 points and 11.7 assists. He also has 4.6 rebounds. — Friedell


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23. Chicago Bulls
2022-23 record: 7-10
Previous ranking: 23

Monday's victory by the Bulls over the Celtics ended a four-game losing streak. Chicago will now embark on a six game road trip that starts in Milwaukee and ends in Los Angeles. It includes a West Coast tour against the Thunder, Jazz Suns, Warriors, Kings, and Suns. Collier


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24. Oklahoma City Thunder
2022-23 record: 7-10
Previous ranking: 24

Last Wednesday's game against Washington Wizards saw the following: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander He made the go-ahead 3 pointer with 1.1 seconds to spare. It was the fourth tying or go-ahead 3-pointer he has hit in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in the past two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. This is twice the number of players who have made this shot in that time period. Another Stats & Info nugget: Gilgeous-Alexander became the second player to record 10 games of 30 points and 50% shooting in his first 14 games of the season — joining Wilt Chamberlain, who did it in 1962-63. — Lopez


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25. Los Angeles Lakers
2022-23 record: 5-11
Previous ranking: 28

Anthony DavisThe stat line against Suns Tuesday on Tuesday was never seen before in NBA history: 37 point shooting on 11-for-17 shooting (15 for 16 free throws), 21 points rebounds, 5 steals, 5 blocks and 21 points. He hopes his play is giving LeBron James some relief from the strain in his groin. After James had missed five consecutive games, Davis stated that Davis wanted him to “take his time”. It may linger on something else, God forbid. — McMenamin


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26. Orlando Magic
2022-23 record: 5-13
Previous ranking: 27

Orlando has lost its last five. But, the good news is for the Magic: Franz Wagner The month continues to be solid and the team's performance is improving. In November, the second-year forward averaged 22.2 points, 9.9 assists and 4.1 rebounding in 34.3 minutes. — Friedell


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27. Charlotte Hornets
2022-23 record: 4-14
Previous ranking: 26

Charlotte's November number is 1-10. Play of is the bright spot for the Hornets in recent times. Kelly Oubre Jr. Over his last three games, the veteran swingman has averaged 24.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. He also had 2.0 steals. — Friedell


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28. San Antonio Spurs
2022-23 record: 6-12
Previous ranking: 25

Maybe a return to the AT&T Center can help the Spurs get back on track. The Spurs lost 10 of their 11 previous games after a 5-2 start. However, they did win one game against Milwaukee. The Spurs have the league’s worst defensive rating of 117.9 this season. But that number has been even worse over the past 11 games as San Antonio has surrendered 120.2 points per hundred possessions. — Lopez


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29. Detroit Pistons
2022-23 record: 4-15
Previous ranking: 29

The Pistons are able to stop anyone. They are second in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions, behind San Antonio. Their defense was the reason they lost seven consecutive games before Tuesday's win in Denver. Collier


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30. Houston Rockets
2022-23 record: 3-14
Previous ranking: 30

The Rockets are more competitive in the final quarter of games than they were last season, which is a sign that things have improved. However, closing these games has been difficult. Houston is last in the league in clutch offensive rating at 71.9 points per 100 possessions. Point guard Kevin Porter Jr. 4-of-14 on the floor (3-of-7 on 3s), with one assist in 24 clutch minute. — MacMahon


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