What’s your power ranking?
With the NBA season just weeks away, here’s how to get an accurate picture of how much you can expect from your favorite teams heading into the postseason.
In this first installment of Power Rankings, ESPN’s Darren Rovell breaks down the league’s power rankings in order of where each team sits.
First-place teams are ranked first, second, and third, respectively.
The Washington Wizards have the worst record in the league, but they’re in a playoff spot.
(USATSI)The Wizards are currently eighth in the NBA.
They’re one game back of the Atlanta Hawks, and they’ve lost three straight games in Washington, including a 118-110 loss to the Hawks on Saturday.
Washington’s record at home is 17-10.
Last year’s second-place team, the Houston Rockets, are still in the playoffs, but have been eliminated by the New York Knicks in the first round.
The Rockets are 3-4 on the road, but their record is 23-8.
For the second-time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best-ranked team in the East, while the Atlanta Braves are in the cellar.
The Cavs have won 11 of their last 12 games and are playing their third game in five nights.
Atlanta, meanwhile, is 8-10, and the Hawks are in fourth place.
They’ve lost eight straight games and could be eliminated if they lose two of three.
The Dallas Mavericks have been the most dominant team in basketball this season.
They have the best record in basketball at 12-2, while Dallas is one game ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the final playoff spot in the West.
(Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys are 9-4 and have the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
They are one game behind the Minnesota Vikings for the eighth seed in the NFC East, but are one point behind the Denver Broncos for the top seed.
Minnesota is 11-3 and one game clear of the Los Angeles Rams for the sixth seed in their division.
They haven’t lost since November.
Dallas is tied for the best mark in the NFL.
Denver is 10-2 and tied for second in the AFC West.
Houston is 11th in the Western Conference and has won five straight games.
They can clinch the No, 8 seed if they defeat the Los Rams in the wild-card round.
If you’re looking for an accurate view of how good each team is right now, here are my rankings for the Eastern Conference: