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Luka Doncic has Mavericks in the top 5 of this week’s NBA Power Rankings

The Slovenian sensation has pushed Dallas up in the Week 6 rankings. See where you team landed heading into the Thanksgiving break.

Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic passes the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve been visiting our site often over the past couple weeks, you’ll see a good amount of pictures of Luka Doncic. This is rightfully so, because the young Slovenian wonder has the Mavericks in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference, lighting the basketball world on fire. Dallas went 4-0 last week, beating up on three weaker opponents before taking down James Harden and the Rockets on the road. Now, the Mavs and Doncic get the real test this week, facing both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. We’ll see if Doncic can get his season averages up to a clean 30-point triple-double.

The Lakers remain on top at No. 1 having won seven in a row. The Bucks are also streaking behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, also winners of seven straight games. It would appear at this point there’s a three-man race for NBA MVP between LeBron, Giannis and Luka. I’ve got the Clippers rounding things out in the top 3 now that Paul George is back and Kawhi Leonard seems to be over his knee injury.

I dropped the Celtics down because while they played fine on their road trip all things considered, I just think they’ll start to take a back seat to some of the more elite teams in the NBA. Boston will always be good in the regular season because of discipline and coaching, but I don’t know if the Celtics are better than some of the top teams out West.

The Rockets were also dropped down a bit after losing three straight. They’ll go as far as James Harden will take them this season it seems. Sure, Russell Westbrook will have his moments, but Houston is built to succeed in the playoffs, not so much now.

Anyway, here are my NBA Power Rankings for Week 6 of the 2019-20 season:


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Los Angeles Lakers 14-2 @ SAS, @ NOP, vs. WAS, vs. DAL --
Milwaukee Bucks 13-3 vs. UTA, vs. ATL, @CLE, vs. CHA Up 2
Los Angeles Clippers 12-5 @ DAL, @ MEM, @ SAS, vs. WAS Up 2
Denver Nuggets 12-3 vs. WAS, @ SAC Up 4
Dallas Mavericks 11-5 vs. LAC, @ PHX, @ LAL Up 8
Philadelphia 76ers 11-5 @ TOR, vs. SAC, @ NYK, vs. IND Up 5
Toronto Raptors 11-4 vs. PHI, vs. NYK, @ ORL, vs. UTA Up 2
Houston Rockets 11-6 vs. MIA, vs. ATL Down 5
Boston Celtics 11-4 vs. SAC, vs. BKN, @ BKN, @ NYK Down 7
Miami Heat 11-4 vs. CHA, @ HOU, vs. GSW, @ BKN Down 4
Utah Jazz 11-5 @ MIL, @ IND, @ MEM, @ TOR Down 4
Indiana Pacers 9-6 vs. MEM, vs. UTA, vs. ATL, @ PHI --
Brooklyn Nets 8-8 @ CLE, @ BOS, vs. BOS, vs. MIA Up 5
Minnesota Timberwolves 8-8 @ ATL, @ SAS, vs. MEM --
Phoenix Suns 8-8 vs. WAS, vs. DAL Down 5
Sacramento Kings 7-8 @ BOS, @ PHI, vs. DEN Up 3
Orlando Magic 6-9 @ DET, @ CLE, vs. TOR, vs. GSW Down 1
New Orleans Pelicans 6-11 vs. LAL, @ OKC, vs. OKC Up 4
Washington Wizards 5-9 @ DEN, @ PHX, @ LAC, @ LAL Up 9
San Antonio Spurs 6-11 LAL, MIN, LAC, @ DET Up 3
Oklahoma City Thunder 5-10 @ GSW, @ POR, vs. NOP, @ NOP Down 1
Memphis Grizzlies 5-10 @ IND, vs. LAC, vs. UTA, @ MIN Down 7
Chicago Bulls 6-11 vs. POR, @ GSW, @ POR Up 3
Portland Trail Blazers 5-12 @ CHI, vs. OKC, vs. CHI Down 3
Charlotte Hornets 6-11 @ MIA, vs. DET, @ DET, @ MIL Down 8
Detroit Pistons 5-11 vs. ORL, @ CHA, vs. CHA, vs. SAS Up 1
Cleveland Cavaliers 5-11 vs. BKN, vs. ORL, vs. MIL Down 2
Atlanta Hawks 4-12 vs. MIN, @ MIL, @ IND, @ HOU Down 4
New York Knicks 4-13 @ TOR, vs. PHI, vs. BOS --
Golden State Warriors 3-14 vs. OKC, vs. CHI, @ MIA, @ ORL --