NBA Power Rankings: Overrated and Underrated, Ranking the Teams by Perception

February 5th, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Are the Miami Heat underrated or overrated? How about the Orlando Magic, the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers? How do you know?

It got me to thinking which teams are better than perceived and which ones are not better than perceived. Furthermore, how do you measure?

Well, the best way to look at common perception in my opinion is the betting public. As a general rule, it's a reasonably knowledgeable group that feels strongly enough about their opinion to lay down money on it. It's a good measure of the knowledgeable fan's perception.

Seeing as how this is literally where we get the notion of underrated and overrated, it seemed the best way to come up with an objective measure. Therefore, the teams that have the worst records against the spread are the most "overrated" and the best records are "underrated." So without further ado, starting with the most underrated, here are the overrated/underrated rankings. 

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