Power Rankings: New-look Pistons, Nuggets gaining ground

Updated: November 19, 2008, 9:55 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

What do you do when the Celtics and the Lakers lose a home game on the same night but otherwise wow you throughout the course of a week?


There can be no change in the top two spots of ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings when the Celtics offset the damage of Friday night's home defeat to Denver with come-from-behind home victories over Toronto and Atlanta and an overtime road win over the improving Milwaukee Bucks. L.A. had indeed set itself up to reclaim the No. 1 overall ranking from Boston with an impressive back-to-back road sweep of Dallas and New Orleans -- in the first challenging sequence of the Lakers' schedule -- until it lost Friday night to Detroit, persuading the committee (of one) to leave the summit of the rankings untouched.

Turns out that the top four spots in our weekly, fully unautomated pulse check of the league remain unchanged, with the Pistons and Denver Nuggets making the most notable surges into the top six. Click here to rank the teams yourself or click here to comment.

Tune in Tuesday to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's U.S. Army Power Rankings.

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