NBA Power Rankings Update: Are the Utah Jazz a Western Conference Contender?

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Teams Ranked 30th to 21st

The Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons both take a slight step back, despite playing well overall as of late.

RankingTeamRecordnERDLast RankingPlus/Minus
30Cleveland Cavaliers17-5221.3300
29Phoenix Suns16-5322.3290
28Chicago Bulls19-5026.3280
27New York Knicks13-5527.9270
26Atlanta Hawks24-4530.2260
25Memphis Grizzlies28-4142.924-1
24Washington Wizards29-3944.1240
23Dallas Mavericks27-4144.8230
22Detroit Pistons34-3345.420-2
21Los Angeles Lakers31-3746.3210


The only team from last week's bottom-10 to move upward this week was the Orlando Magic, and they leapt out of this tier entirely.


The Grizzlies have won five of their last eight contests and have overtaken the Dallas Mavericks for 13th place in the Western Conference after what feels like an eternity in 14th. They drop ever so slightly in our rankings this week, though, due to a 21-point loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

The Pistons have been one of the hottest teams in the Association lately, winning 12 of their last 16 contests. What makes them a "faller" this week, however, is the fact that they've dropped their last two games by a combined 62 points. It doesn't help that those two losses came at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat either, considering they are currently jostling with both of those teams for playoff seeding at the bottom of the Eastern Conference bracket.