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NBA Power Rankings: Home success drives Pacers up rankings

The Indiana Pacers take a notch up in power rankings after their home wins.

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers have won 14 straight home games, their longest since the 2002-03 season, when the Pacers rattled off 14 straight as part of a 22-1 home stretch to open the season. The friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse gave the Pacers three wins in the past week, blowout win over Detroit, a national television win over Miami, and outlasting a short-handed Chicago team.

In the rankings, the wins didn't translate to much of a jump, but certainly not for lack of trying. Of course, as Chris Broussard reiterated on the Grady & Big Joe Show this morning, the only thing that matters is a superstar, and that could ultimately reflect in the power rankings regardless of the success they find until they beat one of these superstar driven teams in the playoffs. In the meantime, the Pacers are in the midst of their back-to-back-to-back spurred by the delayed Chicago game the day after Christmas with Atlanta tonight and Philadelphia tomorrow.

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Seth Rosenthal notches Indiana at 10th, giving considerable credit to their home play.

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The Pacers drop to #7, but do so with the second best road win to home loss ratio in the NBA behind just Miami, showcasing their home dominance.

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John Schuhmann has Indiana at #10, noting how a missed call could've kept them away from a perfect week. What could've been.

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Kurt Helin has Indiana at No. 11, feeling Roy Hibbert is the key to the Pacers pushing the Heat in the playoffs once again.

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Indiana moves up to 9th in Sam Amico's latest rankings, with Amico still pushing for the Pacers to trade Granger.

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David Aldridge doesn't look at regular season wins as statements, but feels good about how good Indiana must be feeling about their second big win over Miami, sitting at #7.

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Hollinger's rankings clock Indiana at No. 9 after their win last night, boasting a better SOS schedule than any team above them.

Jeff Sagarin NBA ratings - USA TODAY
The Pacers, at 9th, have steadily improved their record over the course of the season against quality opponents, going 6-7 against the top 10 and 11-13 against the top 16.