Heading into another new week, the Chicago Bulls continue to hold onto the best record in the Eastern conference, while the Oklahoma City Thunder currently are perched on top of the Western Conference.

In KP’s latest edition of NBA Power Rankings, the Bulls continue to lead the way, while the Thunder, Heat and Sixers are all within striking distance.

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The Bulls are once again at the center court in this week’s edition of NBA Power Rankings

KP’s NBA Power Rankings: February 6, 2012

* Games, statistics and rankings include results up to Sunday February 5, 2012

1. Chicago Bulls – 20-6 (97 points) – Last Week: #1

The Bulls hold on to the top spot despite being just 7-5 against teams with a winning record.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder – 18-5 (89 points) – Last Week: #2

Turnovers are easily the team’s Achilles heel.  The Thunder, with 16.7 turnovers per game, are ranked 29th in the NBA in that category.

3. Miami Heat – 18-6 (88 points) – Last Week: #5

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LeBron and the Heat are on the rise this week

LeBron James leads the Heat in points per game (29.2), rebounds per game (8.5) and assists per game (6.8).

4. Philadelphia 76ers – 18-7 (86 points) – Last Week: #3

Philly’s 86.5 points per game is the fewest allowed in the NBA this season.

5. Indiana Pacers – 16-7 (75 points) – Last Week: #9

The Pacers average nearly 45 rebounds per game, and currently are tied with the Bulls for the most in the NBA per contest.

6. Atlanta Hawks – 16-8 (67 points) – Last Week: #4

The Hawks are undefeated (12-0) against teams with a losing record.

7. Los Angeles Clippers – 14-7 (62 points) – Last Week: #13

DeAndre Jordan has been a defensive presence for the Clippers this season, averaging three blocks per game, which is tops in the league.

8. San Antonio Spurs – 16-9 (62 points) – Last Week: #12

The Spurs are 13-1 at home, but just 3-8 on the road so far this season.

9. Denver Nuggets – 15-9 (58 points) – Last Week: #6

The Nuggets are below .500 (6-8) against teams with a winning record.

10. Portland Trail Blazers – 14-10 (58 points) – Last Week: #11

Portland (0-5 in games decided by three points or less) needs to find a way to win the close ones.

11. Boston Celtics – 13-10 (56 points) – Last Week: #16

The Celtics are just 1-4 versus the Western conference this season.

12. Dallas Mavericks – 14-11 (51 points) – Last Week: #8

The Mavs have 33 technical fouls this season, tied for the most in the NBA.

13. Orlando Magic – 15-9 (50 points) – Last Week: #10

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Dwight Howard continues to dominate, but the Magic are struggling

Dwight Howard leads the Magic in points (20.4 ppg), rebounds (15.1 rpg), steals (1.5 spg) and blocks (2.2 bpg).  The steals stat is the most surprising.

14. Los Angeles Lakers – 14-11 (44 points) – Last Week: #18

The Lakers are 11-2 at home this season, but just 3-9 on the road.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves – 12-12 (40 points) – Last Week: #17

In his first NBA season, Ricky Rubio is already making quite the impact, currently sitting fourth in the league in assists per game (8.9).

16. Utah Jazz – 13-9 (38 points) – Last Week: #15

Al Jefferson currently leads the team in points per game (18.5) and blocks per game (1.6).

17. Houston Rockets – 13-11 (35 points) – Last Week: #7

Kyle Lowry has been a multi-dimensional player, adding 14.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 8.1 apg and 2.0 spg.

18. Milwaukee Bucks – 10-13 (25 points) – Last Week: #19

The Bucks have been tough to stop at home, posting a 7-3 record so far this season.

19. Memphis Grizzlies – 12-12 (24 points) – Last Week: #14

The scrappy Mike Conley leads the NBA in steals per game, with an average of 2.5 per contest.

20. Golden State Warriors – 8-13 (12 points) – Last Week: #21

Opponents reach the free throw line more against the Warriors than any other team, with an average of 28.8 attempts per game.

21. New York Knicks – 9-15 (12 points) – Last Week: #23

Tyson Chandler is shooting greater than 71% from the floor so far this season.

22. Phoenix Suns – 9-14 (6 points) – Last Week: #22

Trade rumors are swirling around Steve Nash, and the Phoenix point guard (leading the NBA with 9.9 assists per game) would help a number of teams if dealt.

23. Cleveland Cavaliers – 9-13 (5 points) – Last Week: #20

The Cavs are a surprising second place in rebound differential so far this season (+3.1).  Only the Bulls are ranked higher.

24. Toronto Raptors – 8-17 (-6 points) – Last Week: #26

Even while starting just 11 games this season, small forward James Johnson leads the Raptors in both steals (1.3 per game) and blocks (1.5 per game).

25. New Jersey Nets – 8-17 (-10 points) – Last Week: #24

Opponents are shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc against the Nets this season.

26. Sacramento Kings – 8-15 (-22 points) – Last Week: #27

The Kings have allowed 101.6 points per game, more than any other team this season.

27. New Orleans Hornets – 4-20 (-23 points) – Last Week: #25

Eric Gordon leads the team in points (21.0 ppg), steals per game (2.0) and blocks per game (1.5).

28. Detroit Pistons – 6-20 (-33 points) – Last Week: #29

Greg Monroe is nearly averaging a double double on the season, posting 16.3 points per game and 9.9 boards per game.

29. Washington Wizards – 4-20 (-40 points) – Last Week: #28

John Wall is averaging 15.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 7.1 assists per game in 24 games this season.

30. Charlotte Bobcats – 3-21 (-59 points) – Last Week: #30

The Bobcats have lost eleven straight games and for the season, Charlotte has been outscored by nearly 14 points per game.

* All stats per NBA.com

Note: RED = Falling 3+ spots from last week, GREEN = Rising 3+ spots from last week

The Wife Hates Sports’ NBA Power Rankings system has a method to its madness, attempting to be different and not just rank by popularity and record.  It mixes a secret formula of six completely different categories, meshed into a points system.  The categories don’t just include team results regarding record, but how each team has performed recently, as well as incorporating some statistics on both a team’s offense and defense, too.

 

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