Through the common season, theScore’s NBA Energy Rankings will likely be printed each two weeks. This version was compiled by editors John Chick, Andrew Joe Potter, and Wael Saghir.

1. Toronto Raptors (21-7)

Kyle Lowry has been disturbingly anemic of late, failing to attain double-digit factors in 4 consecutive outings. Nonetheless, the Raptors have one of the best report within the league, and other than dropping three of their final 4, have taken care of enterprise this season. – Potter

2. Philadelphia 76ers (18-9)

Joel Embiid, who was nonetheless on a taking part in restriction final season, is now 10th in complete minutes to this point in 2018-19. He is nonetheless working by means of getting fewer touches on the block because the Jimmy Butler commerce, however the Sixers are nonetheless 8-2 over their final 10. – Chick

3. Golden State Warriors (18-9)

There are official questions in regards to the Dubs’ depth with Andre Iguodala in decline, though DeMarcus Cousins is anticipated to be activated quickly. These issues are considerably overblown, nonetheless; that is nonetheless a West-leading 18-9 group which is able to ship three or 4 gamers to the All-Star Sport. – Chick

4. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (16-8)

The Thunder have been on a tear and rank first within the Affiliation on protection, permitting simply 101.Four factors per 100 possessions. Russell Westbrook has deferred offensively to Paul George, with the latter main the group in scoring (24 factors per recreation). – Saghir

5. Milwaukee Bucks (17-8)

Aside from the Bucks’ latest win over the Raptors – their second of the yr – Milwaukee has been pretty quiet of late, splitting the previous six video games whereas posting a web ranking of simply 2.6 over that span. They nonetheless lead the league with a web ranking of 9.1 factors per 100 possessions, however they’re hardly blowing doorways off hinges. – Potter

6. Los Angeles Lakers (16-10)

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By no means depend out LeBron. The four-time MVP actually is an unstoppable drive when he is at his greatest, main L.A. to 4 wins in 5 video games to shut out the week. Whereas the Lakers have but to search out their offense, the group presently ranks third on protection and have left their struggles behind after a 2-5 begin. – Saghir

7. Denver Nuggets (17-9)

The damage bug is infesting the skinny air of Denver, with starters Paul Millsap and Gary Harris out for an prolonged interval. To make issues worse, the Nuggets’ subsequent 5 video games are in opposition to profitable groups. – Chick

8. Boston Celtics (15-10)

The Celtics are the lone undefeated group because the final version of theScore’s energy rankings on Nov. 26. Positive, they’ve solely performed 5 video games, and three of their wins got here in opposition to the moribund Cavaliers, Knicks, and Bulls, but it surely seems like Boston is lastly beginning to acquire some traction. – Potter

9. Los Angeles Clippers (16-9)

The Clippers have dropped three of their final 4 after rating first within the ultra-competitive Western Convention. Their newest loss to the Warmth is arguably probably the most painful of the marketing campaign after scoring simply two factors within the first 8:36 of the fourth quarter in a season-worst 23-point blowout. – Saghir

10. Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13)

The Wolves are 9-Four since buying and selling Butler, with Robert Covington rising as a dark-horse DPOTY candidate. Nevertheless, Andrew Wiggins is averaging simply 15 factors on 38 p.c taking pictures over that span and has the identical VORP as Markelle Fultz this season. – Chick

11. Dallas Mavericks (13-11)

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Luka Doncic is getting loads of well-deserved love for the Mavericks’ turnaround, particularly after single-handedly beating the Rockets late with an particular person 11-Zero run. Nevertheless, the unheralded bench has been the truest star, led by the shockingly efficient 34-year-old level guard, J.J. Barea. – Saghir

12. Indiana Pacers (16-10)

The Pacers have managed to remain afloat as Victor Oladipo has missed 10 straight video games with a knee damage. They’ve received three consecutive in opposition to weaker competitors and ought to be well-positioned for the eventual return of their All-Star. Bojan Bogdanovic has comfortably taken on the scoring load whereas Domantas Sabonis continues his elite contributions off the bench. – Saghir

13. Memphis Grizzlies (15-10)

Lineups that includes all 4 of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Kyle Anderson are surrendering a minuscule 89.5 factors per 100 possessions.
– Chick

14. Detroit Pistons (13-11)

Detroit beat the Warriors on Dec. 1, capping a five-game profitable streak. Since then, they’ve misplaced 4 in a row to the Thunder, Bucks, Sixers, and Pelicans. If the Pistons wish to be taken significantly, they should have higher showings in opposition to fellow playoff hopefuls. – Potter

15. New Orleans Pelicans (14-14)

The Pelicans boast a perennial MVP candidate in Anthony Davis, a strong supporting solid in Jrue Vacation, Nikola Mirotic, and Julius Randle, and have confronted some strong, however not solely imposing competitors over the previous two weeks. They’ve a .500 report to indicate for it. – Potter

16. Portland Path Blazers (15-11)

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The Blazers have continued their enigmatic methods after dropping six of their final 10, however did reel off two straight wins to cease the bleeding. Though it is robust to think about Portland slipping out of the playoff image as Damian Lillard stays an elite level guard, it is turning into more and more tough to ascertain this awkwardly constructed roster as a official playoff menace. – Saghir

17. Sacramento Kings (13-12)

The bloom has come off the rose of their 6-Three begin, however the Kings have nonetheless established themselves as a scrappy, up-and-coming group. Anticipate them to maintain beating up on the true cellar-dwellers whereas giving stronger opponents a superb struggle. – Potter

18. Miami Warmth (11-14)

The latest play of Justise Winslow should be acknowledged. The ahead had back-to-back, well-rounded performances to shut the week, and has a possibility to take over level guard duties with Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson out in opposition to the Clippers. – Saghir

19. Utah Jazz (13-14)

With so many groups going through uncharacteristic struggles, it is laborious to inform how a lot inventory to place in sure outcomes. Of their previous seven video games, the Jazz beat the Nets, Hornets, Spurs, and Rockets, however dropped video games to the Pacers, Warmth, and Spurs. Their outlook stays muddled as ever. – Potter

20. Washington Wizards (11-15)

A simple stretch of video games ended with a blowout loss to the Cavaliers, with John Wall ending with one level. The Wizards stay among the many worst groups within the league on each ends of the ground. – Saghir

21. Orlando Magic (12-14)

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Nikola Vucevic continues his resurgent season, and as of Sunday, had just about the identical participant effectivity ranking (27) as LeBron James. Will the Magic dangle on to him in hopes of a bottom-tier playoff spot, or attempt to commerce his expiring contract? – Chick

22. Charlotte Hornets (13-13)

The Hornets’ pattern of profitable large and dropping shut continues. Their middling report belies the league’s eighth-best common level differential (3.3), higher than the Clippers (3.1), Lakers (2.2), and Sixers (2.0). With eight losses by 5 factors or fewer, Charlotte wants to determine find out how to shut. – Potter

23. Houston Rockets (11-14)

Anytime the Rockets recuperate from a poor stretch of video games, they appear to fall again into dangerous habits. There’s lots of animosity towards Houston’s latest performances and none of it’s Carmelo Anthony‘s fault. – Saghir

24. San Antonio Spurs (12-14)

The Spurs’ season in a nutshell: In final Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Jakob Poeltl mixed to shoot 23-of-34. None of these makes an attempt had been from 3-point vary. – Chick

25. Brooklyn Nets (10-18)

Brooklyn caught a nasty break with Caris LeVert happening, and promptly misplaced eight straight. However as their weekend win over the Raptors confirmed, their League Move worth stays actual. – Chick

26. Cleveland Cavaliers (6-20)

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With Kevin Love on the shelf, the door is open for Collin Sexton to take the reins. The rook has averaged 19.1 factors, 3.Three rebounds, and three.1 assists over his previous seven video games. – Potter

27. Atlanta Hawks (6-20)

John Collins made his season debut on Nov. 17 and shortly established himself as Atlanta’s prime participant. In his final 4 video games, he is averaging 25 factors and 12 rebounds on 67 p.c taking pictures. – Chick

28. New York Knicks (8-20)

Former lottery picks Noah Vonleh and Emmanuel Mudiay rank fourth and fifth on the Knicks when it comes to taking part in time. It stays to be seen if both will find yourself contributing towards a profitable group, however not less than the Knicks are giving them an opportunity. Each have had optimistic moments in latest weeks. ​– Potter

29. Chicago Bulls (6-21)

Fifty-six factors. There is not any excuse for dropping by such a large margin (particularly at house). The loss to Boston comes only a day after the Bulls snagged their greatest win of the season in opposition to the Thunder. The locker room is already in disarray every week into newly-appointed head coach Jim Boylen’s tenure. – Saghir

30. Phoenix Suns (4-22)

Take away Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, and T.J. Warren (the latter two who’ve missed a number of video games not too long ago), and the Suns are principally a G League group. – Chick

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