1. Indiana Pacers (32-7, Last week: #1)
Indiana’s defense is one of the all-time best when you take into account the league average defensive rating. The Pacers are the only team with a double-digit difference between their defensive rating and the league average. Also, Paul George’s dunk would be good enough to win previous slam dunk contests.
Offensive Rating: 102.9, Defensive Rating: 92.6
2. Portland Trail Blazers (31-10, Last week: #4)
Portland’s schedule the first half of the season was one of the easiest in the league according to the average win percentage of teams they faced. Their remaining games are an intimidating prospect: two games against OKC, two against the Clippers, two against San Antonio and tilts with Miami, Indiana and Chicago. This is where we’ll really find out if the Blazers are contenders.
ORtg: 110.6, DRtg: 105.3