7. Indiana Pacers

Record: 16 - 7
Last Week's Rank: 7
Last Week's Results: W vs. New Jersey 106-99, (Tue); W @ Minnesota 109-99, (Wed); W @ Dallas 98-87, (Fri); L vs. Orlando 81-85, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Utah, Tuesday (2/7); @ Atlanta, Wednesday (2/8); @ Memphis, Friday (2/10); vs. Denver, Saturday (2/11)

The Pacers continue to impress. Sure, the win over New Jersey early in the week was to be expected. But the T'Wolves (yes, the T'Wolves!) have been a tough out for some teams this season, and the Mavericks are finally beginning to look like the team that won the title last year, so those were big road wins for Indy. And while the loss at home to the reeling Magic wasn't quite as special, Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough showed some toughness by getting into it with some Orlando players during the game. And was that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. sitting courtside during the game against the Magic? Why, yes, it was. Look out, league. This team is already gaining a celebrity following!—Chris Yuscavage