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Now that teams are starting to settle back into playing mode – you can see the level of play starting to ratchet up. The strength of having quality role players and overall team depth is starting to show.
There’s a change or two this week, but nothing major to report with the league’s top teams.
1. Milwaukee Bucks (44-17)
Jrue Holiday has taken over offensively since the All-star break, including a 33 point performance verses Phoenix.
2. Boston Celtics (44-18)
Boston had a bit of a hiccup versus the New York Knicks, but they are 2-1 since the break.
3. Denver Nuggets (44-19)
Michael Porter Jr. has had a good stretch of games lately, outside of a five point dud versus Memphis.
4. Philadelphia 76ers (39-21)
Philadelphia lost two games by a total of six points. They should be fine going forward.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (39-25)
Cleveland had a good showing versus Toronto on Sunday and they snapped a three game losing streak in the process.
6. Memphis Grizzlies (36-23)
The Grizzlies holds their opponents to 44% shooting from the field, which leads the NBA. They hold their opponents to 35% shooting from behind the arc.
7. New York Knicks (36-27)
The Knicks have extended their winning streak to six games. The combination of Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson are averaging just under 50 points per game together this season.
8. Sacramento Kings (36-25)
The Kings have scored a total of 433 points in the three games they’ve played since the All-star break.
9. Los Angeles Clippers (33-31)
The Clippers lost two in a row, including a one-point loss to the Kings. It should be noted that they gave up 176 points in that defeat to Sacramento.
10. Phoenix Suns (33-29)
The Suns aren’t very scary looking without Kevin Durant or the players they traded for him.
Player Of The Week:
Damian Lillard – Portland Trailblazers
“Dame Dolla” missed the game versus Sacramento but he sure made up for it versus the Houston Rockets. He scored 71 points on 57% shooting from the field, while hitting 13 three pointers.