9. Indiana Pacers

Record: 23 - 12
Last Week's Rank: 9
Last Week's Results: W vs. Golden State 102-78, (Tue); W @ New Orleans 102-84, (Sat)
This Week: @ Chicago, Monday (3/5); vs. Atlanta, Tuesday (3/6); @ Miami, Saturday (3/10)

Last week was like a vacation for the Pacers. They only played two games and those games were against the Warriors and Hornets, so we're not even sure they actually count as two full games. But we hope they enjoyed it because they've got a much tougher road this week. And what they do against the Bulls, Hawks, and Heat will tell us a lot about where they're at as a team right now. Win two out of three? We'll consider 'em Eastern Conference contenders. But, lose two out of three? They're back on the pretenders list. The vacation is over, fellas. Time to get back to work. —Chris Yuscavage