NBA Energy Rankings: The place all 30 groups stack up with 11 days left within the season

We’re lower than two weeks away from the conclusion of the 2023-24 NBA common season, and a myriad of potentialities nonetheless stay within the West and East playoff seeding.

Within the Western Convention, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves have every locked up a postseason berth, whereas the Dallas Mavericks, powered by Luka Doncic, have surged within the standings.

With Joel Embiid again on the court docket after a two-month absence on account of damage, the Philadelphia 76ers may throw a wrench into an unsettled Japanese Convention. The No. 3 by way of No. 8 groups are separated by fewer than two video games, and no staff apart from the Boston Celtics has clinched a playoff berth.

A handful of contentious head-to-head video games within the subsequent week will assist decide the ultimate playoff image. The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, positioned for the West’s Nos. 9-10 play-in sport, will face one another on Tuesday, and the Indiana Pacers, No. 6 within the East, will see a No. 7 Miami Warmth staff vying for a playoff spot.

Word: All through the common season, our panel (Kendra Andrews, Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk) is rating all 30 groups from high to backside, taking inventory of which groups are enjoying the perfect basketball and which groups are trying most like title contenders.

Earlier rankings: Put up-Finals | Nov. 1 | Nov. 8 | Nov. 15 | Nov. 22 | Nov. 29 | Dec. 6 | Dec. 13 | Dec. 20 | Dec. 27 | Jan. 3 | Jan. 10 | Jan. 17 | Jan. 24 | Jan. 31 | Feb. 7 | Feb. 14 | Feb. 28 | Mar. 6 | Mar. 13 | Mar. 20 | Mar. 27

Leap to a staff:



1. Boston Celtics
2023-24 file: 59-16

  • Earlier rating: 1sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: vs. OKC (Apr. 3), vs. SAC (Apr. 5), vs. POR (Apr. 7), @ MIL (Apr. 9)

Whereas there have been a number of causes to imagine that Boston’s new-look beginning lineup would achieve success this season, it has been each bit nearly as good — after which some — because the Celtics may have realistically hoped for. The grouping of Derrick White, Jrue Vacation, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis has performed the sixth-most minutes of any five-man lineup within the NBA and is outscoring opponents by a formidable 12.6 factors per 100 possessions. — Bontemps



Boston Celtics high performs from this week

Try a few of the Boston Celtics’ high performs of the week as they give the impression of being to lock up the 1-seed.


2. Denver Nuggets
2023-24 file: 53-23

The Nuggets beat San Antonio for his or her second win in a row after dropping two straight — to Phoenix and Minnesota — final week. Extra importantly, although, is ensuring they’re wholesome going into the playoffs. The defending champs performed their sixth consecutive sport on Tuesday with out Jamal Murray, who has been out with a sprained left ankle and swollen proper knee. Coach Michael Malone advised reporters on Friday he believes his star guard can be again on the ground earlier than the postseason begins. Denver finishes the common season with 4 of its remaining six video games on the highway, beginning Thursday on the Clippers. — Youngmisuk



Denver Nuggets high performs from this week

Aaron Gordon’s candy dunk highlights the Denver Nuggets’ high performs from this previous week.


3. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
2023-24 file: 52-23

  • Earlier rating: 4gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ BOS (Apr. 3), @ IND (Apr. 5), @ CHA (Apr. 7), vs. SAC (Apr. 9)

Josh Giddey is in his finest groove of the season, averaging 22.8 factors, 9.0 rebounds and seven.4 assists with an efficient area purpose share of 72.2 over the previous 5 video games forward of Tuesday night time’s assembly with the 76ers. That span included Giddey setting a season-high scoring whole in consecutive video games — with 25 factors towards the Pelicans and 31 versus the Rockets — and registering his second triple-double of the season (16 factors, 13 rebounds, 12 assists towards the Knicks). — MacMahon


4. Minnesota Timberwolves
2023-24 file: 52-23

  • Earlier rating: 5gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. TOR (Apr. 3), @ PHX (Apr. 5), @ LAL (Apr. 7), vs. WAS (Apr. 9)

The Wolves have gone 9-4 since Karl-Anthony Cities has been sidelined with a knee damage. (He’s set to be reevaluated subsequent week.) Minnesota has leaned on its No. 1-ranked protection and rising famous person Anthony Edwards because it seems to maintain tempo within the race for the highest seed within the convention. The Wolves are actually second within the West, half a sport behind the Nuggets. With seven video games remaining within the common season, Minnesota has clinched a playoff berth immediately after competing within the play-in the previous two seasons. — Collier


5. Dallas Mavericks
2023-24 file: 45-29

  • Earlier rating: 8gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. ATL (Apr. 4), vs. GS (Apr. 5), vs. HOU (Apr. 7), @ CHA (Apr. 9)

Luka Doncic gained the Western Convention Participant of the Week Award for the second time in March and the fourth time this season. Doncic averaged a 32.5-point triple-double for the month because the Mavs went 11-4, with one of many losses coming when he sat out on account of hamstring soreness. Doncic has led Dallas in factors, rebounds and assists 35 occasions this season, the fourth most by a participant in NBA historical past, in accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau. The three gamers who’ve topped that quantity — Russell Westbrook in 2016-17, Nikola Jokic in 2021-22 and Wilt Chamberlain in 1965-66 — all gained the NBA Most Useful Participant Award. — MacMahon



Dallas Mavericks’ high performs from final week

Relive a few of the Dallas Mavericks’ finest performs from this previous week.


6. Milwaukee Bucks
2023-24 file: 47-28

  • Earlier rating: 3rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. MEM (Apr. 3), vs. TOR (Apr. 5), vs. NY (Apr. 7), vs. BOS (Apr. 9)

The Bucks have a 1.5-game lead over Cleveland within the race for the No. 2 seed within the Japanese Convention with seven video games to play however are nonetheless seeking to discover an prolonged groove forward of the playoffs. The Bucks went 8-6 in March and by no means gained or misplaced greater than two consecutive video games all month. Milwaukee’s last three house video games subsequent week are all towards potential playoff foes — New York, Boston and Orlando. — Collier


7. LA Clippers
2023-24 file: 47-28

  • Earlier rating: 10gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. DEN (Apr. 4), vs. UTA (Apr. 5), vs. CLE (Apr. 7), @ PHX (Apr. 9)

The Clippers completed a four-game journey in Sacramento with out their finest participant and misplaced to snap a three-game profitable streak. Kawhi Leonard went again to Los Angeles to deal with proper knee soreness, a brand new damage that popped up throughout Sunday’s win in Charlotte, in accordance with coach Ty Lue. The Clippers are hopeful that Leonard will return for Thursday’s house matchup towards Denver, however their remaining schedule is jam-packed. They play their remaining seven video games in 11 days with two back-to-backs. Six of these are at house, however the Clips have been much better on the highway over the previous month, having dropped 5 straight at Enviornment in March. — Youngmisuk


8. New Orleans Pelicans
2023-24 file: 45-30

  • Earlier rating: 6rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. ORL (Apr. 3), vs. SA (Apr. 5), @ PHX (Apr. 7), @ POR (Apr. 9)

In the course of an necessary six-game homestand, the Pelicans have dropped three of their previous 4 — to Oklahoma Metropolis, Boston and Phoenix — and are actually No. 6 within the Western Convention standings. New Orleans does have video games left towards San Antonio and Portland but additionally performs all 4 groups at the moment within the play-in spots (Suns, Kings, Lakers and Warriors) to finish the season. — Lopez


9. New York Knicks
2023-24 file: 44-31

  • Earlier rating: 7rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. SAC (Apr. 4), @ CHI (Apr. 5), @ MIL (Apr. 7), @ CHI (Apr. 9)

New York continues to attend for each OG Anunoby (elbow) and Julius Randle (shoulder) to return to the court docket. Within the meantime, it has seen nice success from its present beginning 5 of Jalen Brunson, Miles McBride, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart and Isaiah Hartenstein. Over the previous seven video games since McBride turned a full-time starter, that group has outscored opponents by a staggering 85 factors throughout 126 minutes — making it simply the perfect performing lineup of any group within the league this season. — Bontemps



Achiuwa, Brunson headline Knicks’ high performs of the final week

Some huge performs by Treasured Achiuwa, Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein headline the Knicks’ high performs of the previous week.

10. Phoenix Suns
2023-24 file: 44-31

  • Earlier rating: 13gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. CLE (Apr. 3), vs. MIN (Apr. 5), vs. NO (Apr. 7), vs. LAC (Apr. 9)

The Suns might need the league’s most troublesome schedule down the stretch, however Phoenix confirmed this previous week it got here to battle. Following a disappointing highway loss to the Spurs, the Suns beat the defending champs in Denver. After a subsequent 25-point loss at Oklahoma Metropolis, they bounced again to win at New Orleans, due to 52 factors from Devin Booker, to complete their five-game journey on a excessive observe. The Suns’ subsequent 4 contests do not get any simpler, as they face Cleveland, Minnesota, New Orleans and the Clippers at house. — McMenamin



Reliving the Suns’ high performs of the earlier week

A slew of slam dunks spotlight the Phoenix Suns’ finest performs of the final week.


11. Cleveland Cavaliers
2023-24 file: 46-30

The Cavaliers had been up and down final week, dropping to the cellar-dwelling Hornets, getting blown out by the Nuggets then stabilizing with wins towards Philly and Utah. However the largest information was the speak of Donovan Mitchell’s future with the franchise. “We predict he’ll lengthen,” Cavs proprietor Dan Gilbert advised The Related Press when requested about Mitchell’s contract state of affairs. Mitchell didn’t commit when requested by reporters about Gilbert’s assertion: “I am going to deal with that when it comes,” he mentioned. — McMenamin


12. Orlando Magic
2023-24 file: 44-31

  • Earlier rating: 11rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ NO (Apr. 3), @ CHA (Apr. 5), vs. CHI (Apr. 7), @ HOU (Apr. 9)

Not solely does Orlando stay within the race for home-court benefit within the playoffs, it may climb as excessive as No. 3 within the East because it fights for positioning with the Cavaliers and Knicks. ESPN Analytics provides the Magic an 8% likelihood to get to the third spot, a 20% likelihood to get to No. 4, a 33% likelihood to remain at No. 5 and a 22% likelihood to fall one place to No. 6. However they’re going to have to complete sturdy towards a troublesome stretch of opponents within the Pelicans, Rockets, Bucks and 76ers. — Lopez


13. Sacramento Kings
2023-24 file: 43-31

  • Earlier rating: 9rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ NY (Apr. 4), @ BOS (Apr. 5), @ BKN (Apr. 7), @ OKC (Apr. 9)

The Kings have discovered themselves fluctuating wherever from the No. 6 spot to No. 8 within the West. And their already troublesome highway to securing a playoff spot simply acquired tougher with accidents to Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk. Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes must assist fill these holes together with Trey Lyles and Sasha Vezenkov, who simply returned from their very own accidents. However will that be sufficient to make up for Sacramento dropping Monk, who was a Sixth Man of the Yr contender? — Andrews


14. Los Angeles Lakers
2023-24 file: 43-33

  • Earlier rating: 16gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ WAS (Apr. 3), vs. CLE (Apr. 6), vs. MIN (Apr. 7), vs. GS (Apr. 9)

L.A. beat the Raptors on Tuesday for a seventh win prior to now eight video games, and it’s 10 video games above .500 for the primary time since Could 2021. “Our staff spirit is at a really excessive stage,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham mentioned. “The very best it has been, for my part, all yr.” The unstated caveat, after all: The franchise’s disposition will finally be determined by what occurs within the final six video games of the common season and past. — McMenamin


15. Indiana Pacers
2023-24 file: 43-33

  • Earlier rating: 14rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ BKN (Apr. 3), vs. OKC (Apr. 5), vs. MIA (Apr. 7), @ TOR (Apr. 9)

The Pacers gained back-to-back video games following a loss to Chicago to take care of a half-game benefit for the No. 6 seed within the Japanese Convention, staying forward of Miami and Philadelphia. With six video games remaining within the common season, the Pacers have a fair cut up of house and highway contests and can host No. 7 Miami on Sunday in an important matchup to attempt to solidify their spot. — Collier


16. Miami Warmth
2023-24 file: 42-33

  • Earlier rating: 15rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. PHI (Apr. 4), @ HOU (Apr. 5), @ IND (Apr. 7), @ ATL (Apr. 9)

The Warmth actually acquired going Friday towards Portland, posting 142 factors in a franchise-record 60-point victory. It was solely the fourth time in staff historical past they’ve scored at the least 140 factors in a regulation sport and the second time this season after beating the Pacers 142-132 on Nov. 30. The Warmth have a key matchup towards those self same Pacers on Sunday, as Miami sits half a sport behind Indiana for sixth place within the East standings. — Lopez


17. Golden State Warriors
2023-24 file: 41-34

  • Earlier rating: 19gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ HOU (Apr. 4), @ DAL (Apr. 5), vs. UTA (Apr. 7), @ LAL (Apr. 9)

The Warriors’ final seven video games of the season are all must-win matchups, with 4 coming towards Western Convention opponents preventing for playoff positioning. They will should undergo the Rockets, Mavericks, Lakers and Pelicans to safe at the least a spot within the play-in. It is a good distance of claiming it isn’t going to be simple. Golden State gained some momentum after ending a five-game journey 4-1, however the subsequent two weeks will decide if the Warriors are postseason-ready. — Andrews


18. Philadelphia 76ers
2023-24 file: 41-35

  • Earlier rating: 18sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: @ MIA (Apr. 4), @ MEM (Apr. 6), @ SA (Apr. 7), vs. DET (Apr. 9)

Tyrese Maxey has had a stellar season, together with making his first All-Star look and main the 76ers with out reigning MVP Joel Embiid. However the absence of Embiid — who returned Tuesday night time after being sidelined the previous two months on account of damage — made life troublesome for the Sixers simply the identical. By way of January, Philadelphia was scoring 122.3 factors per 100 possessions when Maxey was on the court docket. However for the reason that begin of February, the 76ers with out Embiid are scoring simply 110.9 factors per 100 possessions with Maxey on the court docket — an indication of not solely the large man’s lacking presence but additionally the elevated consideration on Maxey from defenses. — Bontemps


19. Houston Rockets
2023-24 file: 38-37

  • Earlier rating: 17rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. GS (Apr. 4), vs. MIA (Apr. 5), @ DAL (Apr. 7), vs. ORL (Apr. 9)

Jalen Inexperienced, 22, turned the NBA’s youngest participant to common at the least 30 factors over an 11-game win streak, surpassing Corridor of Famers Bob McAdoo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data analysis. Inexperienced averaged 30.2 factors whereas taking pictures 50.4% from the ground and 45.0% from 3-point vary in the course of the Rockets’ latest 11-game profitable streak. Houston averaged 123.7 factors per 100 possessions with Inexperienced on the ground in March, throughout which the Rockets posted a 13-2 file. — MacMahon


20. Atlanta Hawks
2023-24 file: 35-40

  • Earlier rating: 20sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: vs. DET (Apr. 3), @ DAL (Apr. 4), @ DEN (Apr. 6), vs. MIA (Apr. 9)

Atlanta has gained 5 of its previous six video games — together with a pair of thrillers towards the league-leading Celtics final week — and proceed to battle the Bulls for the precise to host the East’s Nos. 9-10 play-in sport. Atlanta gained a sport on the Bulls on Monday with a win at Chicago’s United Heart. Two-way guard Vit Krejci had a profession excessive 18 factors for Atlanta on 6-for-6 taking pictures from 3. The Hawks will once more be examined this week as they hit the highway towards the Mavericks and Nuggets. — Lopez


21. Chicago Bulls
2023-24 file: 36-40

The Bulls formally locked their spot within the play-in event on Tuesday night time in ironic vogue after a loss to the Hawks, as that pairing nearly definitely will represent the East’s Nos. 9-10 play-in matchup. Chicago at the moment holds the No. 9 seed and the tiebreaker, which might give it home-court benefit in that single-elimination postseason contest. Nevertheless, the Bulls’ lead over Atlanta has dwindled to only half a sport, and so they face the Knicks thrice and the Magic as soon as of their final six video games of the common season. — Collier


22. Brooklyn Nets
2023-24 file: 29-47

It has been a season to neglect for Brooklyn, however one vivid spot has been the play of third-year guard Cam Thomas. The 6-foot-3 taking pictures guard has posted profession highs throughout the board, averaging 22 factors per sport and changing into one of many staff’s go-to scoring choices alongside ahead Mikal Bridges. The query can be whether or not Brooklyn can get an extension performed with Thomas heading into the ultimate yr of his rookie deal subsequent season. — Bontemps


23. Memphis Grizzlies
2023-24 file: 25-50

  • Earlier rating: 24gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ MIL (Apr. 3), vs. DET (Apr. 5), vs. PHI (Apr. 6), vs. SA (Apr. 9)

The Grizzlies broke an NBA file that no staff desires when guard Zavier Simpson checked into Saturday’s loss to the Magic. He was the thirty first participant to see sport motion for Memphis this season, probably the most by any staff in league historical past. Simpson is one in all 10 gamers to signal a 10-day deal because the staff has handled a myriad of accidents all through the marketing campaign. Memphis has had 21 totally different gamers function starters. Of their last seven video games, the Grizz must face the Bucks, Cavs and Nuggets. — MacMahon


24. Utah Jazz
2023-24 file: 29-47

Screening can be a focus for second-year heart Walker Kessler‘s summer season growth. The Jazz have averaged solely 0.93 factors off of Kessler screens this season, in accordance with Second Spectrum monitoring, which ranks within the thirty third percentile. For Kessler, who has proved he can influence video games as a rim-protector, screening is an particularly necessary talent for a giant man who would not have the taking pictures vary to stretch the ground — MacMahon


25. San Antonio Spurs
2023-24 file: 18-58

  • Earlier rating: 25sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: @ NO (Apr. 5), vs. PHI (Apr. 7), @ MEM (Apr. 9), @ OKC (Apr. 10)

Because the Spurs enter the ultimate stretch in Victor Wembanyama‘s rookie season, they’re going to achieve this with out injured starters Devin Vassell and Jeremy Sochan. Vassell was averaging a career-best 19.5 factors and had 87 assists to Wembanyama, whereas Sochan had settled right into a defensive function after beginning the marketing campaign because the staff’s level guard. Tre Jones, first on the staff in assists per sport (6.1), will play a key function in serving to Wembanyama and the staff of their efforts to complete the season sturdy. — Lopez


26. Toronto Raptors
2023-24 file: 23-52

  • Earlier rating: 26sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: @ MIN (Apr. 3), @ MIL (Apr. 5), vs. WAS (Apr. 7), vs. IND (Apr. 9)

Toronto loved having each RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley again within the lineup on Tuesday towards the Lakers because it performs out the string. Extra importantly, Toronto has slipped into sixth place in NBA draft lottery positioning. If the Raptors are capable of keep that spot, it could give them an excellent likelihood of conserving their top-six-protected first-round decide that they despatched to the Spurs ultimately season’s commerce deadline for Jakob Poeltl. — Bontemps


27. Charlotte Hornets
2023-24 file: 18-57

  • Earlier rating: 28gn arrow

  • Subsequent video games: vs. POR (Apr. 3), vs. ORL (Apr. 5), vs. OKC (Apr. 7), vs. DAL (Apr. 9)

Brandon Miller has made it no secret that Paul George is his GOAT, and Miller is one in all a rising variety of tall wings who emulate George. On Sunday, Miller acquired an opportunity to go up towards George in what become a memorable duel, as George exploded for a season-high 41 factors in a Clippers win whereas Miller impressed with 22 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists. “He will be actually good, ton of expertise. Cannot wait to see him absolutely blossomed and be a type of guys that carry the league for a very long time,” George mentioned of Miller after the sport. “He can play make, rating, shoot it from deep, put the ball on the bottom — and he is nonetheless figuring it out.” — Youngmisuk


28. Portland Path Blazers
2023-24 file: 19-56

  • Earlier rating: 27rd arrow

  • Subsequent video games: @ CHA (Apr. 3), @ WAS (Apr. 5), @ BOS (Apr. 7), vs. NO (Apr. 9)

A ten-game dropping streak has the Blazers trying towards subsequent season and what they will do with Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simmons and DeAndre Ayton. There have been glimpses of their potential, however accidents have hindered Portland’s efforts. The staff must do some offseason work to construct round their younger core — particularly Henderson, whose minus-58 level differential in a loss to Miami final week was the bottom in NBA historical past for a single sport. — Andrews


29. Washington Wizards
2023-24 file: 15-61

  • Earlier rating: 29sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: vs. LAL (Apr. 3), vs. POR (Apr. 5), @ TOR (Apr. 7), @ MIN (Apr. 9)

Whereas rookie Bilal Coulibaly‘s season ended on account of a proper wrist fracture a few weeks in the past, the promising 6-foot-8 guard is seeing what he can glean from these last matchups. “I am studying simply by watching the sport,” he advised Monumental Sports activities Community. “I am seeing issues I wasn’t after I was enjoying. It is a possibility to get higher.” Coulibaly averaged 8.4 factors and 4.1 rebounds in 63 video games this season. “I am happy with myself as a result of I’ve proved that I belong within the NBA,” he mentioned. “I proved that I can guard the perfect gamers on every staff. Simply proving that I could be a good participant offensively too.”— Youngmisuk


30. Detroit Pistons
2023-24 file: 13-62

  • Earlier rating: 30sw ye 40

  • Subsequent video games: @ ATL (Apr. 3), @ MEM (Apr. 5), @ BKN (Apr. 6), @ PHI (Apr. 9)

The Pistons beat the Wizards final week to snap an eight-game dropping streak due to former No. 1 draft decide Cade Cunningham, who has put up 30 factors in three straight outings. Cunningham has scored at the least 30 in 18 video games this season, probably the most by any Pistons participant since Blake Griffin (2018-19) and a silver lining for a staff attempting to keep away from ending with the worst file within the league in back-to-back seasons. — Collier

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