We have a new top team in our NBA rankings this week. It is impossible to deny what the Philadelphia 76ers have been doing lately. They extended their winning streak to eight and have the best defense in the league since the All-Star break. Defense is a common theme among the top teams in my power rankings. Philadelphia rose because of it, and Phoenix fell due to a lack of it.
We also have a new team in the top 10 as Dallas has won its way in with the league’s lone 4-0 SU and ATS week. The Mavericks are there due to a defense that has suddenly shown up, but two games against the Cavaliers will do that for you.
The biggest move is a tanking team that drops seven spots, but I won’t ruin it for you. Let’s get to our penultimate power rankings.