11. Indiana Pacers

Record: 6 - 2
Last Week's Rank: 9
Last Week's Results: W @ New Jersey, 108-94 (Monday); L @ Miami, 83-118(Wednesday); W @ Boston, 87-74 (Friday); W @ Charlotte, 99-77 (Saturday)
This Week: @ Philadelphia, Monday (1/9); vs Atlanta, Wednesday (1/11), @ Toronto, Friday (1/13); vs. Boston, Saturday (1/14)

The blowout loss that the Pacers took at the hands of the Heat on Wednesday night could have sent them into a temporary tailspin. As we mentioned last week, this team has made a habit out of beating up on bad teams and coming up short against the NBA's elite. But we were definitely encouraged by their easy victory over the Celtics on Friday. Granted, Boston isn't playing nearly as well as they have in past years. But a win in Beantown is still something for Indy to hang their hat on. So is the 20-point performance that Roy Hibbert gave the team against the Bobcats on Saturday. If he can continue to contribute, this team might just be able to hang with the best of the best by the end of the season. We can't wait to see.—Chris Yuscavage