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Lakers or Bucks at No. 1? Here are this week’s NBA Power Rankings

The Bucks and Lakers sit atop their respective conferences, but who has the edge? Here are DK Nation’s NBA Power Rankings for Week 8.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and forward LeBron James celebrate late in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 136-113. Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It was a tough decision to say the least when considering who should get the No. 1 spot for the Week 8 NBA Power Rankings. The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are far-and-away the two best teams in the NBA. The Lakers have a slight edge at 21-3 compared to the Bucks at 20-3, but forget records. Again, I tend to use Bill Simmons’ line of thinking: Who would win in a 7-game series? I’m almost always going to lean LeBron James — especially now that he has Anthony Davis. Nothing against Giannis Antetokounmpo, who likely wins MVP again this season, but I think if both teams were operating at 100%, the Lakers win Game 7.

Well now that the top is out of the way, the rest of the rankings weren’t easy. The Mavericks and Celtics both made cases to be in the 3-spot, but I still think Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers are better. Record may not reflect that but record isn’t everything. Luka Doncic has the Mavs near the top of the West and the Celtics have shown a lot of resilience with so many injuries. The Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers all dropped down. The Nuggets and Sixers I’m concerned about a bit. The Raptors I think are still a top 5 team, but need to get Kyle Lowry back to full speed.

Honestly the bottom of the NBA is pretty intriguing right now. The Golden State Warriors can only really beat the Chicago Bulls. The Dubs are a little bit more healthy with D’Angelo Russell back, but aren’t meshing at all like a real team. The New York Knicks finally axed coach David Fizdale and Mike Miller will take over in the interim. Owner James Dolan is supposed to find a more stable hire at head coach, but that’s still to be seen. For now, the Knicks and Warriors are in the basement still and it doesn’t look like they’ll get out anytime soon. Let’s take a look at the rankings, shall we?

NBA Power Rankings, Week 8

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Los Angeles Lakers 21-3 @ ORL, @ MIA, @ ATL --
Milwaukee Bucks 20-3 vs. ORL, vs. NOP, @ MEM, vs. CLE --
Los Angeles Clippers 17-7 @ IND, @ TOR, @ MIN, @ CHI Up 2
Dallas Mavericks 16-7 @ DET, vs. MIA Up 6
Boston Celtics 16-5 vs. CLE, @ IND, vs. PHI Up 4
Toronto Raptors 15-7 @ CHI, vs. LAC, vs. BKN Down 2
Miami Heat 17-6 vs. ATL, vs. LAL, @ DAL --
Denver Nuggets 14-7 @ PHI, vs. POR, vs. OKC, vs. NYK Down 5
Houston Rockets 15-7 vs. SAC, @ CLE, @ ORL, vs. DET Down 1
Philadelphia 76ers 17-7 vs. DEN, @ BOS, vs. NOP, @ BKN Down 4
Indiana Pacers 15-8 vs. LAC, vs. BOS, @ ATL, vs. CHA --
Utah Jazz 13-10 vs. OKC, @ MIN, vs. GSW --
Orlando Magic 11-11 @ MIL, vs. LAL, vs. HOU, @ NOP Up 4
Brooklyn Nets 13-10 vs. CHA, @ TOR, vs. PHI Down 1
Oklahoma City Thunder 10-12 @ UTA, @ SAC, @ DEN Up 4
Minnesota Timberwolves 10-12 @ PHX, vs. UTA, vs. LAC Down 2
Phoenix Suns 10-12 vs. MIN, vs. MEM, vs. SAS Down 1
San Antonio Spurs 9-14 vs. CLE, @ PHX Up 3
Detroit Pistons 9-14 @ NOP, vs. DAL, @ HOU Up 5
Portland Trail Blazers 9-15 vs. NYK, @ DEN Down 5
Washington Wizards 7-15 @ CHA, @ MEM Down 1
Sacramento Kings 9-13 @ HOU, vs. OKC, vs. NYK, @ GSW Down 6
Charlotte Hornets 9-16 vs. WAS, @ BKN, @ CHI, @ IND Down 1
Chicago Bulls 8-16 vs. TOR, vs. ATL, vs. CHA, vs. LAC Up 1
Memphis Grizzlies 6-16 @ GSW, @ PHX, vs. MIL, vs. WAS Up 1
Atlanta Hawks 6-17 @ MIA, @ CHI, vs. IND, vs. LAL Up 4
New Orleans Pelicans 6-17 vs. DET, @ MIL, @ PHI, vs. ORL Down 4
Cleveland Cavaliers 5-17 @ BOS, vs. HOU, @ SAS, @ MIL Down 1
Golden State Warriors 4-18 vs. MEM, vs. NYK, @ UTA, vs. SAC --
New York Knicks 4-19 @ POR, @ GSW, @ SAC, @ DEN Down 2