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NBA Power Rankings: Bucks, Grizzlies rise while Jazz, Bulls fall

Chinmay Vaidya updates his NBA power rankings after the 14th week of the 2021-22 regular season.

Chicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives around Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on January 21, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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The Phoenix Suns have retained their top spot in the power rankings as they continue to rack up winning streaks in an effort to eventually get back to the NBA Finals this season. The Suns continue to be closely followed by the Warriors and Grizzlies, with the latter rising once again in the latest rankings.

The Grizzlies, and Milwaukee Bucks, have made jumps at the top of their respective conferences while other contenders deal with injuries and slumps. Memphis will get Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks back soon, while the Bucks should see their “Big 3” of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday start playing more games together.

The Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls are going through major injury issues but have managed to stay afloat in their respective conferences. The Jazz will hope to get Donovan Mitchell back soon, while the Bulls expect Zach LaVine to return quickly as well. Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are out for 6-8 weeks.

Let’s take a look at Chinmay Vaidya’s power rankings for Week 15 of the NBA season.

NBA Power Rankings: Week 24

1 Memphis Grizzlies 2
2 Phoenix Suns 1
3 Miami Heat 4
4 Dallas Mavericks 6
5 Milwaukee Bucks 3
6 Boston Celtics 5
7 Philadelphia 76ers 7
8 Denver Nuggets 8
9 Toronto Raptors 9
10 Brooklyn Nets 10
11 Utah Jazz 11
12 Atlanta Hawks 16
13 Golden State Warriors 12
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 13
15 Chicago Bulls 14
16 Charlotte Hornets 15
17 Los Angeles Clippers 18
18 Cleveland Cavaliers 17
19 San Antonio Spurs 19
20 New Orleans Pelicans 21
21 Washington Wizards 22
22 New York Knicks 20
23 Sacramento Kings 23
24 Houston Rockets 28
25 Detroit Pistons 25
26 Orlando Magic 26
27 Los Angeles Lakers 24
28 Indiana Pacers 27
29 Oklahoma City Thunder 29
30 Portland Trail Blazers 30