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Top 10 Thursday; NBA Basketball

Week 8 of the NBA season is behind us and teams continue to try and find their place while others continue to be dominant. One team has even “streaked” there way to a higher ranking.

10. Denver Nuggets (13-10) Previous Rank: N/A
​Last game: Lost to the Dallas Mavericks 122-105
​Next game: Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans
The Nuggets are 3-7 on the road this season and are going on a 6 game road trip, with or without Nikola Jokic. The last time the Nuggets went positive on a road trip was back in 2013 when they went 4-2 under Brian Shaw.

 

9. Minnesota (14-11) Previous Rank: 10
Last game: Lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 95-92
Next game: Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers
Minnesota is 7-5 this season in games within 5 points in the final five minutes of the game. Last season the Timberwolves didn’t record their seventh such win until January.

 

8. Philadelphia (13-10) Previous Rank: 9
​Last game: Lost to the Phoenix Suns 115-101
​Next game: Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers
Robert Covington has become a true playmaker for the 76ers so far this season ranking 6th in real plus-minus and first in defensive plus-minus this season.

 

7. Detroit (14-9) Previous Rank: 5
​Last game: Lost to the San Antonio Spurs 96-93
​Next game: Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks
The Pistons star Center Andre Drummond seems to have found his groove again as he leads the league in double-doubles while averaging more than a block and steal per game.

 

6. Toronto (15-7) Previous Rank: 7
​Last game: Defeated the Phoenix Suns 126-113
Next game: Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies
In the past 10 games, Kyle Lowry has averaged 20.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 7.5 APG while shooting 50% from the floor and 48% from 3-point range.

 

5. San Antonio (16-8) Previous Rank: 4​
​Last game: Defeated the Detroit Pistons 96-93
Next game: Wednesday against the Miami Heat
With Spurs are 15-8 without Kawhi Leonard but the offense needs a spark. Ranking 18th in offensive efficiency, which would be the worst under Popovich since he began coaching.

 

4. Cleveland (17-7) Previous Rank: 6
​Last game: Defeated the Chicago Bulls 113-91
Next game: Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings
Lebron James is having himself a career year as his efficiency rating currently is 44.1 which is the highest in the NBA with second being Porzingis with 35.4.

 

3. Golden State (19-6) Previous Rank: 3
​Last game: Defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 125-115
​Next game: Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets
Kevin Durant currently leads the league with 1.12 points per chance as a cutter off ball screens in the league.

 

2. Boston (21-4) Previous Rank: 1
​Last game: Defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100
Next game: Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks
Rookie Jayson Tatum has made at least half of his 3-pointers in all three games last week and is No. 1 in 3-point field goal percentage, which is the first time in Celtic history a player has lead that stat.

 

1. Houston (18-4) Previous Rank: 2
Last game: Defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 118-95
Next game: Thursday against the Utah Jazz
The Rockets have been unstoppable since the return of Chris Paul. They have led by as many as 20 points in each of their past 7 wins since his return.

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