Record: 34 - 22
Last Week's Rank: 9
Last Week's Results: W vs. New York 112-104, (Tue); W @ Washington 109-96, (Wed); W vs. Oklahoma City 103-98, (Fri); L vs. Boston 72-86, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Toronto, Monday (4/9); @ Cleveland, Wednesday (4/11); vs. Cleveland, Friday (4/13); @ Milwaukee, Saturday (4/14)
The Pacers look like they're peaking at the right time. Earlier in the year, we criticized them for beating up on lesser teams and coming up short against some of the NBA's elite. But, it appears as though they've stopped that trend. After besting the Heat a couple weeks ago, they got a huge W against the Thunder on Friday. And with a relatively soft schedule through the rest of the season, we wouldn't be surprised at all to see Indy end up as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. This team isn't just beating the NBA's elite now. They're making a push to be mentioned amongst them. —Chris Yuscavage