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NBA Power Rankings Week 12: Milwaukee Bucks remain at the summit as Oklahoma City Thunder break into top 10

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Modified 06 Jan 2020, 20:08 IST

#7 Utah Jazz - Record: 23-12

The Utah Jazz have opened 2020 in terrific form
The Utah Jazz have opened 2020 in terrific form

During the first six weeks of the season, the Utah Jazz appeared unlikely to challenge the NBA's best teams, although Quin Snyder's team has picked up the pace, winning five consecutive games. The streak has helped to improve Utah's record to 23-12, and with Donovan Mitchell leading the charge, the Jazz are heading in the right direction.


#6 Houston Rockets - Record: 24-11

Eric Gordon has proved his fitness over the past week after missing time due to injury
Eric Gordon has proved his fitness over the past week after missing time due to injury

The Houston Rockets continue to split opinion, although Mike D'Antoni's team made an excellent start to the year by picking up impressive wins over the Nuggets and 76ers. Both wins were comfortable, and while James Harden continues to put up historic numbers, the likes of Clint Capela and Eric Gordon have also made big contributions since returning.


#5 LA Clippers - Record: 26-12

The Los Angeles Clippers have yet to hit top form
The Los Angeles Clippers have yet to hit top form

The Clippers managed to recover from a woeful first quarter to defeat the Knicks on Sunday, although Doc Rivers' side is not resembling a team that was heavily backed as the favorites for the title heading into the season. The lack of defense has been especially concerning, although LA still sits 4th in the Wst with a 26-12 record, and things should improve in the coming weeks.


#4 Miami Heat - Record: 26-10

Jimmy Butler remains the driving force for the Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler remains the driving force for the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat didn't enjoy their best week of the campaign as they lost to Washington and Orlando, although they managed to bounce back with wins following both defeats. Jimmy Butler's performances have once again been instrumental, and Miami remains formidable on their court (17-1). However, they face a tough week with three road games and Erik Spoelstra will be eager to see Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro step up following some mixed performances.

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Published 06 Jan 2020, 20:08 IST
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