Power Rankings: MIA, DEN streaking

Updated: March 27, 2013, 1:45 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 25

The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets have combined to give us their own twist on March Madness with an NBA first.

Never before has this league witnessed two teams, at the same time, sporting winning streaks that have stretched for at least 15 games.

So it should come as little surprise that the Nuggets, winners of 15 straight entering Monday night's visit to New Orleans, have climbed to a season-high No. 2 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, right behind mighty Miami as LeBron James & Co. try to extend their own unbeaten run to a whopping 27 games Monday night in Orlando.

The Heat have actually trailed by double figures in each of their past four games, but AccuScore projections (based on 10,000 computer simulations) give Miami an 88 percent chance to beat the Magic on the road, followed up by a 64 percent shot to win Wednesday night at Chicago and 74 percent odds of winning Friday night in New Orleans. If the Heat can come through in all three of those games, their streak will be up to 29 -- four shy of tying the 1971-72 Lakers' record of 33 wins in a row -- heading into an Easter Sunday showdown at San Antonio.

The Nuggets, meanwhile, have even won six straight road games, banishing memories of their 11-19 start on the road and leapfrogging San Antonio in these rankings even though star guard Tony Parker returned to the Spurs about a week earlier than initially projected. New York and Brooklyn are the other big movers in the top half of the rankings, capitalizing on the spills suffered by the Lakers (No. 7 to No. 12) and Boston Celtics (No. 9 to No. 14) to move to Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

The rankings, as always, were compiled with peerless assisting form ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself ... and click here in case you missed our latest Weekend Dime.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.


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