6th place in East
Indiana's 18th-ranked offense has been inconsistent, with this season's increased emphasis on pace and space undermined by a dearth of high-level shooters. Still, the Pacers remain strong on defense, ranking third in the NBA in defensive efficiency.
With the league's eighth-ranked scoring margin, Indiana could rise above the quagmire in the East to challenge Cleveland. Team president Larry Bird has demonstrated in the past he's willing to shake it up and make bold moves to do so.