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NBA Power Rankings, Week 5: The Golden State Warriors’ comeback is complete, plus our new 1-30 breakdown



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Chicago Bulls
2021-22 record: 9-4
Previous ranking: 9

Chicago is going to have to figure out how to adjust to playing without center Nikola Vucevic, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but the Bulls continued their hot start by winning three of four games last week. Dallas Mavericks
2021-22 record: 8-4
Previous ranking: 6

Dallas is tied for the West’s third-best record despite ranking ninth in the conference in point differential. Los Angeles Lakers
2021-22 record: 8-6
Previous ranking: 15

Could L.A. be turning a corner? After Sunday’s 114-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers are 3-3 without LeBron James since he was sidelined by an abdomen strain, and a source close to the 19-year veteran told ESPN that James’ return will be “Soon.” In the meantime, the rest of the Lakers are getting healthier, as Wayne Ellington and Talen Horton-Tucker scored 15 and 17 points, respectively, against the Spurs. Charlotte Hornets
2021-22 record: 8-7
Previous ranking: 17

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Wednesday, Nov. 17
Lakers at Bucks, 7:30 p.m.
Mavericks at Suns, 10 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
Lakers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m.
Mavericks at Suns, 10 p.m.

All times Eastern

Charlotte picked up its third straight win on Sunday over the surging Warriors thanks in large part to the play of Miles Bridges, LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier – who combined for 63 points.

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