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Pacers continue on top of NBA Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
1/8/2014 5:53:32 PM
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The Indiana Pacers remain on top of the TSN.ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the usual suspects, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

With eight wins in the past nine games, the Pacers have displayed their outstanding defence, allowing 82 or fewer points in five of those eight wins.

It's been a while since the last update (due in part to holidays and technical issues with a location move), so there have been some dramatic moves, highlighted by the Toronto Raptors vaulting from 28 all the way up to 10.

That the Raptors have gone 10-5 in the past 15 games, with entirely respectable losses at Miami and Indiana most recently, is one thing, but the softness of the teams below the top tier is what makes it possible for such a huge move up the list. Suddenly, though, a season that had talk about lottery picks and Andrew Wiggins is steering in the direction of a playoff spot, and possibly homecourt advantage in the first round.

Other teams moving up include the New Orleans Pelicans, with a healthy Anthony Davis, going from 16 to 11 and, also getting healthier, the Washington Wizards are up from 17 to 12. The Sacramento Kings, with solid play from small forward Rudy Gay move from 26 to 20.

Heading the other direction, the Los Angeles Clippers drop from six to 13, due largely to Chris Paul's shoulder injury.

The Detroit Pistons have lost seven of eight and fall from 15 to 22; the injury-ravaged Los Angeles Lakers have lost eight of nine games and sink from 18 to 23 while the Orlando Magic have lost seven of nine, as well as starting centre Nikola Vucevic, and land at 29, from 19 in the previous update.

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