The Indiana Pacers split their games last week with a snow-delayed game thrown in the mix, but reversed fortunes on their loss to Atlanta by grabbing a big win at home against the Memphis Grizzlies. The win moves Indiana to 8-2 in their last ten games, and while only the Memphis win was against a team above .500 in those, the Pacers are doing their job in taking care of weaker opponents.
That's not a new development, since the Pacers have won 11 straight games against teams not currently in the playoffs. But while they've only got four wins against current playoff teams, they got all four wins in December, going 4-5 in the month against those teams, as part of a 10-5 month. The Pacers have three more games this week as part of a seven game stretch where they play six at home with Milwaukee, Miami, and New York acting as home game measuring sticks. With seven road games to close the month of January, the Pacers need to make a mark in these next six games in the same way they did short-handed against Memphis.
With many national outlets keeping the Pacers locked in or around the same spot they were last week, there will be an opportunity for a lot of movement in these next two weeks, which starts by taking care of business against the 4-25 Wizards.
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Marc Stein moves Indiana up a spot to 12th, with Stein praising Roy Hibbert's improved play as of late, that is, until he had his 0 point, 1 rebound game against Atlanta.
John Schuhmann keeps the Pacers locked in at #11, noting the importance of their current home stand with one road game in Boston.
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Having a top ranked defense is enough to get you wins despite one of the league's worst offenses, but Kurt Helin notes the importance of the missing pieces (those not playing and those not playing well), while keeping them at #11.
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Sam Amico believes it's time to give the surging Pacers some credit for what they've been able to accomplish of late, while moving them to #9.
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David Aldridge moves Indiana up a spot to No. 12, noting there's more to a bum wrist when Hibbert has the game he had against Atlanta.
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Indiana moves up to 9th, with their scoring margin in their last ten jumping nearly a point to +6.90, while their current 8-2 stretch is the second best current stretch in the league, right behind the 9-1 Clippers.
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Pacers are at No. 11 in Sagrain's ratings after knocking off the Grizzlies on Monday.