Power Rankings: Dubs in danger?

Updated: November 30, 2015, 2:27 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Nov. 30

Questions inevitably spawn more questions. So it is in life.

And so it is here with ESPN's weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the question du jour in the NBA is no longer simply: What happens first? Golden State loses a game or Philadelphia wins one?

The bigger mystery to work out, for your faithful Committee of One, is this: How many losses would it take to knock the Warriors from their perch atop these rankings?

Two? Three? Four? That's how big of a gap these Warriors, after an NBA-record 18 straight victories to start the season, have opened up on the rest of the league.

It has reached the point, with a whopping 13 of these victories coming by double digits, that even ESPN's very discerning Basketball Power Index suddenly gives Golden State better-than-even odds to win at least 70 games. The BPI, in fact, now gives the Warriors better odds of winning 70 games than it gives any of the other 29 teams for winning 60.

Maybe we'll actually soon see a loss or two for the Dubs as they embark Monday on a seven-game trip, which will be the league's third longest this season, behind only a nine-gamer for Brooklyn and eight-game trips for the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio. Or maybe we'll be forced to wait until the new year for some real drama at the top, with No. 2 San Antonio not getting a shot at the Warriors until Jan. 25 in Oakland ... and the next three meetings between the teams coming on March 19 (in San Antonio), April 7 (Oakland) and April 10 (San Antonio).

We'll dig into the rest of our 1-to-30 order, as always, via Stein Line Live. And we naturally give thanks, in the lingering Thanksgiving spirit, to our friends in the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for their peerless assistance with data used to sort this ladder. Please feel free to comment below on what you see.


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