It’s week 6, the time when we reach half of the first half’s schedule (Wednesday) and when 25% of the full 1,080-game schedule will have been played, 2020-21. It will be Friday, unless several more games are postponed.
The fourth pole is usually when teams can really determine their position. But obviously things are different this season. Not only have there been delays and prolonged absences due to the coronavirus, but this is the first season of the new rules of the game.
So instead of drawing just one line after the first eight teams in each conference, we have to imagine two lines: one that separates the top six from the rest of the group and another for the play-in teams of the conference. seventh to 10th place. This makes everything more cloudy, especially in the East, where the defenders of the conference defenders are currently in 13th place, between 6 and 9. Only five teams from the East have winning records and the Miami Heat, which they are in 13th place, just a game and a half from sixth place for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The situation in the West is a little clearer and perhaps much more baffling for the New Orleans Pelicans, who are ranked 14th and 14th. Where things are really interesting is at the top, where the LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz have just four losses.
These three teams lead this week’s ranking, and the champions remain in the lead for the sixth straight week after a big win in Milwaukee. This week the other two teams will play at the top of the Eastern standings, while the Jazz will have some great games within the conference.
Players more or less of the week
Teams of the week
- Make it last forever: Philadelphia (3-0) – The Sixers have a 9-0 lead when they’ve had Seth Curry and Joel Embiid available, and the Lakers get to town.
- Something is wrong: New Orleans (0-3) – The Pelicans lost two games against the Burning Jazz, but ended their six-game journey with a loss to Minnesota, sweeping up to 18 points to a team that was 3-11 and missing his two former All-Stars.
Est vs. West
Schedule strength until week 5
- More difficult: 1. Charlotte, 2. Oklahoma City, 3. Memphis
- Easier: 1. Orlando, 2. Philadelphia, 3. Atlanta
- The strength of the schedule is based on the opponent’s cumulative record, and is adjusted for home against away and rest days before a match.
Movement in the ranking
- Height jumps of the week: Denver (+6), five teams (+5)
- Free falls of the week: New Orleans (-9), Phoenix (-6), three teams (-4)
Team of the week 6 to see
- Dallas – The ninth-place Mavs should pick up some bodies this week as they face the most important stretch of their first-half schedule. They host the Nuggets Monday before heading out to a couple of games in Utah on Wednesday and Friday. They will then return home two games against the Suns on Saturday and next Monday.
Previous power ratings
Rhythm: Possessions for 48 minutes (League standings)
OffRtg: Points earned for every 100 possessions (League standings)
DefRtg: Points allowed for every 100 possessions (League standings)
NetRtg: One-time differential for every 100 possessions (League)
The league has averaged 100.7 possessions (per team) for 48 minutes and 109.8 points for every 100 possessions this season.
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