NBA Power Rankings: Paul George and Clippers find their footing, Pacers search for an East bounce back

We’re a week out from the 2023-24 NBA Trade deadline (Feb. 8, 3 p.m. ET) and, well, a lot can happen between now and then, with the future’s of high-profile players such as Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine and Atlanta Hawks’ Dejounte Murray still up in the air.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have taken a dip in our rankings, after losing to the bottom-dwelling Detroit Pistons last Sunday, giving them their sixth win of the season. And the surging LA Clippers made a statement after blowing out the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics, handing them their second home loss of the season.

Last week was filled with ridiculous scoring outbursts by Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, and Karl-Anthony Towns. As we enter into the second half of the season, can we expect more eye-catching 70-points games? Will the Milwaukee Bucks find their defensive footing with Doc Rivers? And can the Brooklyn Nets make a push in the East with the return of Ben Simmons?

Questions abound as we look to see where every team settles a week before the trade deadline.

Note: Throughout the regular season, our panel (Kendra Andrews, Tim Bontemps, Jamal Collier, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball and which teams are looking most like title contenders.

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