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NBA power rankings: Celtics remain No. 1 as In-Season Tournament knockout round begins

Here’s Chinmay Vaidya’s updated power rankings after the sixth week of the 2023-24 season.

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics reacts with Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics before a game against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on November 13, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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The NBA’s In-Season Tournament for the 2023-24 season has reached the knockout stage, with the quarterfinal round beginning Monday. The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers will be taking part in one quarterfinal in a matchup of a team that has stayed at the top of the power rankings for five weeks and one who is steadily rising behind the play of star point guard Tyrese Haliburton.

The Celtics are hoping to get Kristaps Porzingis back soon, and they’ve been smashing teams with their best lineup. According to, Boston’s starting lineup of Porzingis, Jrue Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Derrick White is +107 in 191 minutes played. That’s the best mark in the league by a wide margin, with the Clippers’ lineup of James Harden, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac and Terance Mann coming in next at +61. The Clippers aren’t in the In-Season Tournament knockout stage, but got a big win Saturday which could spark a nice run in December.

The Pacers got another bump in the power rankings, and hope Haliburton can play Monday after missing Saturday’s contest against the Heat. Indiana is in the playoff mix this year in the East, joining Orlando as teams that were out of the field a year ago who are now competing for postseason spots.

Out West, the Minnesota Timberwolves appear to have something figured out. They rank first in defensive rating, which has helped keep them afloat while their offense gets going. Anthony Edwards is averaging 26.2 points per game and should be back from a hip injury soon, while Karl-Anthony Towns has contributed 22.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. We’ll see if the Timberwolves can keep this up. After a few soft matchups, Minnesota has a 12-game stretch featuring the Mavericks (x2), Pelicans (x2), Lakers, Thunder, Pacers, Heat, 76ers, Knicks and Kings.

Here’s a look at the full power rankings after the sixth week.

NBA Power Rankings After Week 6

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