The LA Clippers thanks to an impressive 2-0 start – a season opening win against the Los Angeles Lakers and a Christmas day triumph against the Denver Nuggets – could be the insider’s trail for No. 1 in our latest NBA Power Rankings

In a matinee showdown, the Dallas Mavericks built a 50-point lead over the Clippers at halftime on their way to a 124-73 win, the worst clip loss in team history

And they weren’t alone on a wild Sunday when the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the New York Knicks at 8 pm and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers at 24

Where is that for us? All 30 teams are here one week after the start of the 2020-21 campaign

Note: During the regular season, our panel (Tim Bontemps from ESPN, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin, Eric Woodyard, Royce Young and Ohm Youngmisuk) will rate all 30 teams from top to bottom and take stock of which ones Teams are currently playing the best basketball, and which teams are most likely to look like title contenders?

The Lakers offensive stuttered on opening night, racking up just 109 points on a 469% shoot (31% of 3) against the Clippers before exploding L over the next two gamesA In his next game, Dallas got 138 points, three players scored 20 or more and five hit double digits, and then 127 points for Minnesota – in a game knocked out Anthony Davis – with six players scoring 10 or more – McMenamin

The Nets ended with an uncomfortable loss to the Hornets, but the opening week of the season saw a significant win The Nets looked fantastic in their first two games, bleeding the Warriors out and taking the lead against the Celtics in the second half In addition, Kevin Durant showed no signs of trouble returning from his Achilles tendon injury in all three games and his partnership with Kyrie Irving began to run, with the duo playing against each other and in good rhythm, however, the loss to the Hornets brought the concerns of some with the Nets to light: the lack of a consistent third scorer – Jung

If the first two games were a psychiatric test to determine where the Clippers were mentally after the bladder collapsed, Tyronn Lue’s team passed They watched large leads fade but held on to the ring night To spoil the Lakers and Denver’s Christmas.But after losing a bloody Kawhi Leonard in that win against the Nuggets, the Clippers failed to get to the start of Sunday’s matinee, trailing by a historic 50 points at halftime, and suffering the worst loss in the franchise. Story versus Dallas – Youngmisuk

Milwaukee starts the season 2-1 after a 20-point defeat in New York on Sunday This is the Bucks’ second biggest loss under coach Mike Budenholzer According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, The Bucks are the fifth team in the last 30 seasons to be a favorite by 13 points or more and losing more than 20 points Milwaukee is still trying to Finding a groove with his newcomers, especially former All-Star Jrue Holiday, reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo is also trying to lead his team in the right direction after a shortened off-season – Woodyard

Erik Spoelstra’s team found their rhythm on Christmas Day in a beautiful win against the Pelicans The development of Duncan Robinson continues to give other teams outside fits, and the activity of rookie Precious Achiuwa is a good sign of further development The Heat will continue keeping an eye on Jimmy Butler’s minutes – especially after leaving the game on Friday with an ankle injury – Friedell

It’s been a disappointing opening week for Philadelphia under Doc Rivers as the 76s looked pretty nondescript as they beat the Wizards and Knicks before being chased away by the Cavaliers. Another thing to monitor is Joel Embiid’s back since he was a late scratch from Sunday’s game in Cleveland with back pain was – Bontemps

Boston is a miracle that is no longer 0-3 with 3 pointers to start the season Yes, the Celtics played against three top teams in the east, but the combination of lack of depth and lack of hit, especially without Kemba Walker, is blatant By the time he’s recovered, this team will likely fight – Bontemps

Bojan Bogdanovic may take some time to get back in shape after recovering from the wrist surgery that prevented him from playing in the bladder Bogdanovic, who is only at the beginning of contact training camp released, is only 8 out of 30 off the ground in jazz’s first two games – MacMahon

Nikola Jokic didn’t skip a shot, just missed the start of the season with consecutive triple doubles by a rebound.But Jamal Murray looked like he had left his shot in the bladder until he finally faced the Clippers in the second half So far, Denver has missed glue players in two games such as Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee and Torrey Craig Michael Porter Jr takes more than the nine shots he got against the Clippers – Youngmisuk

Indiana got off to a strong start with wins against New York, Chicago and Boston. The Pacers had 21-0 and 18-0 runs against the Bulls on Saturday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Indiana became the first team to run multiple runs of 18-0 or more better at a game since the Hawks did it on Jan. March 1998 against the Grizzlies – Woodyard

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This only in: The suns can lose games Phoenix had its first regular season game since 10 They also retaliated that one loss a night later by pitching the same Kings squad that defeated them so far, Chris Paul has had 27 assists and in the Suns’ first three games only five turnovers demonstrated his point god status – Lopez

After an embarrassing Christmas loss to the Lakers, the Mavs had intense workout that focused on the defensive end of the floor. Dallas responded by routing the Clippers at 51 “We showed who we are,” said Luka Doncic Sunday’s win “People judged us on the first two games of the season It’s a long season but we have to keep going We have to play defense This is our specialty from now on” – MacMahon

CJ McCollum’s 44-point Supernova eruption – including the game winner – against the Rockets gave the Blazers a decent opening week after tipping off an ugly 20-point loss to the Jazz, but both games showed some early concerns for Portland How The Bank’s Blazer Has Been Inconsistent in Past Seasons The Bank has been an off-season focus with a few additions, and it may jell as the season progresses; But it’s not a good sign if Gary Trent Jr, one of your top bank guns, only plays six minutes and is goalless against Houston – Young

The Pelicans won their first two games of the season by leaning on Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson – and by playing defense on both wins, the Pelicans kept their opponents below 100 points that they did before one Made just four times in season in 72 games Some of it has to do with pace, but the Pelicans were determined to get better defensively this season, and they seem to be – Lopez

Two disappointing defeats at the start of the year, Toronto have two games below 500 for the first time in seven years Is that a sign of regression for the Raptors or just a sloppy start? A showdown with the Sixers and a rematch with the Pelicans this week is an opportunity to find out – Bontemps

After the Hawks weren’t invited to the bubble, Trae Young had to wait more than nine months to play an organized basketball game, however, he started his regular season with a bang – he scored 37 points on 12 field goal attempts, which is the most points ever scored in 12 or fewer shot attempts in the shooting clock era, he followed with a 36-point effort to get the Hawks off to a 2-0 start – Lopez

DeMar DeRozan went from depth 9 to 35 last season, just a little more than half a try from depth per game. He has already made eight 3-point attempts this season as he apparently has more of that takes what gives him the offense.He also makes the right decisions, averaging 90 assists per game, as he leads the indictment for a Spurs team that balances veteran’s minutes with those of some of their younger players – Lopez

The hottest team in basketball in a week? The Magic can make a strong case to start fourth quarter with a win over the Wizards after a 17 point deficit.Steve Clifford’s team plays tough early and gets a big boost from young guard Markelle Fultz and veteran Terrence Ross Das Couple scored 52 points in victory on Sunday – Friedell

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James Harden and Christian Wood may not be teammates for long, but the Rockets ‘valuable takeover of free agents appears to be a phenomenally offensive addition to the perennial MVP candidate. Seven of Harden’s 17 assists at the Rockets’ opener went to Wood, who had 31 points on the 14 of 22 shooting, including six dunks. “[Wood] is good at many things,” said Harden, who had 44 points. “He made me look good tonight” – MacMahon

When De’Aaron Fox – fresh from signing his five-year maximum extension this off-season – was good, so were the kings.The young point guard averaged 225 points in 44% shooting and seven assists in the 2-0 Sacramento start Then, in Game 3, he was less than stellar – 12 points in 4v12, 4 assists, 5 fouls, 5 turnovers – and the Kings lost to Phoenix 116-100 Success or Failure Sacramento will follow the fox – McMenamin

The Karl-Anthony Towns left wrist injury disrupted a really positive opening week for the Wolves as its relevance came to the fore in Sunday’s Lakers defeat, but the Wolves are young and growing, and there are encouraging food stalls , especially Anthony Edwards ‘solid start to his career. Plus, Towns’ injury isn’t as bad as initially feared he should be back soon, and the Wolves can try to regain some of that dynamic – Young

The Cavs start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016-17 (and for the first time since 2000-01 without LeBron James) Collin Sexton has an average of 27 points, Andre Drummond has an average of 14 points, 7 rebounds and Darius Garland an average of 83 assists in wins against Charlotte, Detroit (in double overtime) and a team from Philadelphia missing Joel Embiid Kevin Love (cocked right calf) is getting an MRI this week – McMenamin

Yes Morant got off to a sensational start to his second season, setting a Grizzlies record for most points (72) in the first two games of a season. But the understaffed Grizzlies fell apart when Morant rests. The Grizzlies have in the 27 minutes with her young star on the bench, 30 points ahead – MacMahon

Damion Lee’s Sunday night game winner over the Bulls saved the Warriors from a 3-0 start Stephen Curry is set to get rolling after a slow start as his 36 points show on Sunday, but it’s Kelly Oubre JrThe Shooting Affects the Warriors He is now 0-17 behind the arch to start the year and continues to look uncomfortable as he tries to adjust to Steve Kerr’s system – Friedell

Russell Westbrook returns to his triple-double ways in D C.and Bradley Beal has no problem scoring alongside his new point guard.But the wizards still can’t stop when they need them.They dumped 40, 38, and 43 points on their three losses to the Sixers and Magic in the fourth quarter, respectively Wizards still aren’t in full strength, Davis Bertans only has a minute limit, and Rui Hachimura (eyes) is still out – Youngmisuk

There is a strange purgatory for refueling – um, repositioning – teams in which the current team is still playing games with the current players and trying to win them. After a strange – and somewhat fitting – start, where the first game was postponed, the Thunder are 1-0 after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hits a game winner against the Hornets That’s the thing with a tanking team: there will be some good nights, but the last few minutes when OKC was almost 13 points ahead in 90 seconds, which is a good example of the fact that there will be a lot of rough ones too – Jung

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Who would have thought that Tom Thibodeau’s first win as head coach of the Knicks would lead to a win over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the bucks? While rookie Obi Toppin’s calf injury is a disappointment, Julius Randle was great to start the season for New York – as was Alec Burks from the bench – Bontemps

The Hornets won a much-needed win against Kevin Durant on Sunday night and the Nets who saved the start of their season after two straight losses to the Cavaliers and a rebuilt Thunder team, Gordon Hayward showed the star potential the Hornets bet by losing 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds on one of the most fascinating teams in the league – Friedell

After a busy off season, the Pistons are still working on mounting pains with many new faces on the line-up. Detroit dropped its season opener in Minnesota, then its home opener in double overtime on Saturday to Cleveland. The new general manager Troy Weaver has been on the team for It caused a stir, but there’s still a lot to do before the boys start moaning – Woodyard

Despite a new coach and front office regime, the Bulls were outperformed by 39 points in the first two games, according to ESPN Stats’ & Information Research, this is the worst point differential in the first two games of a season in the franchise -History linked It also happened in 2001-02 when the team went 21-61 But the Sunday night loss – a one-point heartbreaker for the Warriors – could have hurt the most – Woodyard

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