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New NBA Power Rankings July 2020

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Jul/06/2020

NBA teams are set to face one another again beginning July 30 with a reboot in Orlando.  The 2020 season had been sidelined since Mid-March by the coronavirus pandemic.  Gambling911.com takes a look at the new Power Rankings and latest odds for the 22 teams taking part in the season's restart.   Rankings courtesy of ESPN.com.

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1. Milwaukee Bucks (3-1) - The Bucks were in the midst of a historic run, with the league's best record, when the season was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

2. LA Clippers (3-1) - They won seven of eight games before the NBA halted the season, but chemistry could present a problem.  The Clippers then had to incorporate new additions such as Marcus Morris Sr. and Reggie Jackson in February.

3. LA Lakers (2-1) - What happens if Dwight Howard opts out of Orlando?  Anthony Davis was reluctant to play the 5 this season, even though the Lakers' defensive efficiency was at its best with him there (allowing a minuscule 101.4 points per 100 possessions, according to ESPN Stats & Information research). Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he is "hopeful" to not saddle Davis at center "any more than we were doing prior" if Howard isn't available. That leaves the lion's share for JaVale McGee, who averaged only 16.8 minutes per game as the starting center this season. -- Dave McMenamin

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4. Toronto Raptors (20-1) - Everyone is back and healthy (assuming Covid-19 doesn't impact this team).

5. Houston Rockets (10-1) - How will the Rockets tweak their microball approach?  Coach Mike D'Antoni noted that the Rockets are the only team in the NBA that drastically altered its philosophy on the fly this season, so he believes Houston stands to benefit more than any other team from having a training camp before games start. It seemed like the league had figured out how to handle the Rockets' microball style before the stoppage, as a heavy-legged Houston team lost four of its last five games. D'Antoni has had months to come up with counters and now has camp to implement his tweaks. -- Tim MacMahon

6. Boston Celtics (18-1) - What will Kemba Walker look like?  Walker was nowhere near himself in the weeks leading up to the shutdown in March, thanks to lingering knee issues. His play particularly dipped after the All-Star Game, as he repeatedly posted poor shooting nights and failed to play with his usual burst. The Celtics were thrilled by Jayson Tatum's star turn, and they like the balanced offensive attack they have with Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward on the wing, but Walker needs to play like an All-Star if this team is going to have a chance to make it out of the East. -- Bontemps

7. Philadelphia 76ers (20-1)

8. Denver Nuggets (25-1) - A slimmed-down Nikola Jokic gives the Nuggets a completely new look and brings up questions they didn't have before. Are we sure Jokic, who tested positive for the coronavirus in late June, is going to be a better player? Part of his brilliance was in his physicality, using his frame to work angles, carve space and lull defenders to sleep.

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9. Miami Heat (25-1)

10. Dallas Mavericks (40-1) - The top priority all season for the Mavs, who are a win away from accomplishing their preseason goal of making the playoffs, has been to tap in to the potential of the partnership between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

11. Utah Jazz (40-1)

12. Oklahoma Thunder (75-1)

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Orlando Magic

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15. New Orleans Pelicans

16. Portland Trailblazers

17. Memphis Grizzlies

18. Sacramento Kings

19. Brooklyn Nets

20. San Antonio Spurs

21. Phoenix Suns

22. Washington Wizards

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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