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Giannis has Bucks on Lakers tail in this week’s NBA Power Rankings

LA and Milwaukee are both on long winning streaks heading into Week 7 in the NBA. See where your team lands on our latest rankings.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives for the basket against Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum.  Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams with historical ties may be on a collision course toward the NBA Finals this season. The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are both on long winning streaks which has both teams surging ahead of the rest of the league. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are also trading blows in the NBA MVP race.

The Lakers are on a 10-game winning streak and haven’t lost since Nov. 10 against the Toronto Raptors. Now, to be fair, Los Angeles hasn’t really been tested along the streak, beating up on a lot of teams under .500. But we still need to give credit where it’s due. LeBron and Anthony Davis have really been demolishing teams. They’ll be tested quite a bit this week however, with road games against the Nuggets, Jazz and Trail Blazers. Even with LeBron losing to Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Sunday, I still give them the edge over the Bucks for No. 1.

As for the Bucks, they recently got Khris Middleton back from a thigh injury, which is obviously huge, but really Giannis is all they need. The Greek Freak enters this week second in the NBA in scoring at 30.9 points per game, plus fourth in rebounding at 13.4 per contest. He’s also been taking more three-point shots, which is really the only flaw in his game. If he continues to improve on that, look out NBA.

The Toronto Raptors are closing in on the Lakers and Bucks, but aren’t there yet. They’re on a six-game winning streak of their own and have been shorthanded for most of this season with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka out. Both those guys are close to 100% and once that happens, we could see the Raptors reach their full potential. Pascal Siakam is somehow going to win most-improved player for the second straight season at this rate. Plus, he may help Toronto contend for a second straight title, who knows. It may not be long until the Raps are in the top 3, however, after destroying the Jazz on Sunday.

There wasn’t too much movement this week, so here are the complete NBA Power Rankings for this week:

Week 7 NBA power rankings

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Los Angeles Lakers 17-3 @ DEN, @ UTA, @ POR, vs. MIN --
Milwaukee Bucks 17-3 vs. NYK, @ DET, vs. LAC --
Denver Nuggets 13-4 vs. LAL, @ NYK, @ BOS, @ BKN Up 1
Toronto Raptors 15-4 vs. MIA, vs. HOU, @ PHI Up 3
Los Angeles Clippers 15-6 vs. POR, @ MIL, @ WAS Down 2
Philadelphia 76ers 14-6 vs. UTA, @ WAS, vs. CLE, vs. TOR --
Miami Heat 14-5 @ TOR, @ BOS, vs. WAS, vs. CHI Up 3
Houston Rockets 13-6 @ SAS, @ TOR, vs. PHX --
Boston Celtics 14-5 vs. MIA, vs. DEN --
Dallas Mavericks 13-6 @ NOP, vs. MIN, vs. NOP, vs. SAC Down 5
Indiana Pacers 12-7 @ MEM, @ OKC, @ DET, @ NYK Up 1
Utah Jazz 12-8 @ PHI, vs. LAL, vs. MEM Down 1
Brooklyn Nets 10-10 @ ATL, @ CHA, vs. DEN --
Minnesota Timberwolves 10-9 @ DAL, @ OKC, @LAL --
Portland Trail Blazers 8-12 @ LAC, vs. SAC, vs. LAL, vs. OKC Up 9
Sacramento Kings 8-10 vs. CHI, @ POR, @ SAS, @ DAL --
Orlando Magic 8-11 @ WAS, vs. PHX, @ CLE --
Phoenix Suns 8-10 @ CHA, @ ORL, @ NOP, @ HOU Down 3
Oklahoma City Thunder 8-11 vs. IND, vs. MIN, @ POR Up 2
Washington Wizards 6-12 vs. ORL, vs. PHI, @ MIA, vs. LAC Down 1
San Antonio Spurs 7-14 vs. HOU, vs. SAC Down 1
Charlotte Hornets 8-13 vs. PHX, vs. GSW, vs. BKN, vs. ATL Up 3
New Orleans Pelicans 6-14 vs. DAL, @ PHX, @ DAL Down 5
Detroit Pistons 7-13 @ CLE, vs. MIL, vs. IND Up 2
Chicago Bulls 6-14 @ SAC, vs. MEM, vs. GSW, @ MIA Down 2
Memphis Grizzlies 6-13 vs. IND, @ CHI, @ UTA Down 4
Cleveland Cavaliers 5-14 vs. DET, vs. ORL, @ PHI --
New York Knicks 4-16 @ MIL, vs. DEN, vs. IND Up 1
Golden State Warriors 4-17 @ ATL, @ CHA, @ CHI Up 1
Atlanta Hawks 4-16 vs. GSW, vs. BKN, @ CHA Down 2