NBA Power Rankings: Utah Jazz leap into the top-5

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The Pacers had a big win against the 76ers to start the week, a game that had a playoff-like intensity for two teams that are about to discover what that is in a few weeks. They followed that up with losses to the Raptors (at home) and the Wizards (on the road). Victor Oladipo struggled with his shot this week, and they’re going to need him to play much better if they want to pick up a series win in the first round of the playoffs. The seeding in the Eastern Conference is tight, with the Pacers just 0.5 games behind the Cavs for the No. 3 seed and three games ahead of the Heat for the No. 8 seed. They’ll need to incorporate Darren Collison back into the rotation, and get players like Domantas Sabonis healthy for the final dozen games before the playoffs begin.