Nets climb up ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings

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Nick Friar
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It didn’t take long for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to convince everyone the Brooklyn Nets are for real. ESPN has released its latest set of NBA power rankings — its first since the season began on December 22. While the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers sit atop the league at No. 1 overall, Brooklyn is right on their heels, ranked the No. 2 team in the NBA by ESPN.

The Nets were previously fourth in ESPN’s power rankings, trailing the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks. The Clippers remain the No. 3 team in the NBA according to ESPN, despite their embarrassing 124-73 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Previously regarded as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks are now No. 2 in the conference, No. 4 overall in the league.

Also, for all the disrespect the East still gets, six of ESPN’s top-10 NBA teams come from that side of the league: Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Miami (No. 5), Philadelphia (No. 6), Boston (No. 7) and Indiana (No. 10).

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Miami
-+7.5O 234.5
Brooklyn
--7.5U 234.5