NBA Power Rankings: Pacers continue to fall

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) walks to the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, March 28, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 91-78. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
San Antonio

1. San Antonio Spurs (60-17; last week's ranking: 1): Tony Parker left Sunday's win over Memphis with back spasms. He has missed 10 games this season with lower back tightness.

Oklahoma City

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-21; last week's ranking: 2): The Thunder have a one-game lead over the Clippers – two games in the loss column – for the West's No. 2 playoff seed. They visit the Clippers on Wednesday.

Los Angeles

3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-23; last week's ranking: 3): The Clippers own a 2-1 lead in the season series with the Thunder. The Clippers also are 32-6 this season at Staples Center.


4. Miami Heat (53-23; last week's ranking: 4): Miami plays host to Indiana on Friday in a game that will help determine who lands the East's top seed. Indiana has a 2-1 season series lead.


5. Houston Rockets (51-25; last week's ranking: 5): The Rockets appear to be settling into the West's fourth seed. Houston's lone game remaining against a playoff team is against the Spurs.


6. Portland Trail Blazers (50-28; last week's ranking: 7): The West's fifth-seeded Blazers play host to sixth-seeded Golden State on Sunday. The Warriors lead the season series 2-1.

Golden State

7. Golden State Warriors (48-29; last week's ranking: 8): David Lee's timetable to return is unknown because of a nerve irritation in his right hamstring.


8. Indiana Pacers (53-25; last week's ranking: 6): The Pacers' struggles hit a low point with Sunday's 19-point home loss to Atlanta. The Pacers have lost seven of their past 10.


9. Dallas Mavericks (47-31; last week's ranking: 11): The Mavericks have won four straight games and are 1½ games behind the Warriors for the West's sixth seed.


10. Phoenix Suns (45-31; last week's ranking: 9): The Suns currently own the West's eighth seed and have a one-game lead over Memphis after their huge win over the Thunder on Sunday.


11. Memphis Grizzlies (45-32; last week's ranking: 10): Memphis is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010 after advancing to the Western Conference finals last season.


12. Toronto Raptors (45-32; last week's ranking: 12): Toronto hopes to hold off Chicago for the East's third seed. The Raptors finish the season against the Sixers, Knicks (twice), Pistons and Bucks.


13. Chicago Bulls (45-32; last week's ranking: 13): The Bulls finish the season against Minnesota, Detroit, New York, Orlando and Charlotte. Toronto appears to have the easier schedule.


14. Brooklyn Nets (42-34; last week's ranking: 14): Kevin Garnett returned Saturday in a win over Philadelphia after missing 19 straight games with back spasms.


15. Washington Wizards (40-37; last week's ranking: 15): The Wizards are one game ahead of Charlotte for the East's sixth seed. The teams meet in Washington on Wednesday.


16. Charlotte Bobcats (39-38; last week's ranking: 17): Whoever lands the East's No. 6 seed will avoid Miami and Indiana in the first round.


17. Atlanta Hawks (34-42; last week's ranking: 19): The Hawks hold a two-game lead over the Knicks – three in the loss column – for the East's final playoff seed. Three of Atlanta's six remaining games are against teams with losing records.


18. Minnesota Timberwolves (38-38; last week's ranking: 16): The T'wolves will again miss the playoffs. They haven't reached the postseason since 2004.

New York

19. New York Knicks (33-45; last week's ranking: 20): The Knicks, losers of two straight, finish the regular season against playoff teams in Toronto (twice), Chicago and Brooklyn.


20. Denver Nuggets (33-44; last week's ranking: 21): The Nuggets must give the Magic the least favorable of their 2014 first-round pick or the one they acquired from New York.

New Orleans

21. New Orleans Pelicans (32-45; last week's ranking: 18): The Pelicans' first-round pick is top-five protected. If that pick isn't in the top five, it goes to Philadelphia from the Jrue Holiday trade.


22. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47; last week's ranking: 22): The Cavs haven't made the playoffs since LeBron James left, and that streak figures to continue this year.


23. Sacramento Kings (27-50; last week's ranking: 23) Rookie point guard Ray McCallum has showed some promise of late averaging 14.2 points and 7.4 assists the past 10 games.


24. Detroit Pistons (28-49; last week's ranking: 25): Detroit's Andre Drummond is the first player since the 1997-98 season to have more than 400 offensive rebounds.

Los Angeles

25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-52; last week's ranking: 24): The Lakers are one loss from tying the most in franchise history. The 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers lost 53 games.


26. Utah Jazz (24-53; last week's ranking: 26): Tyrone Corbin and his coaching staff have contracts ending June 30. They expect to learn their fate by the end of April, a source said.


27. Orlando Magic (22-55; last week's ranking: 28): Orlando is leading a close race with Boston, Utah and the Lakers for the NBA's third-worst record.


28. Boston Celtics (23-54; last week's ranking: 27): The Celtics own the NBA's longest current losing streak at eight games and can reach the 55-loss mark for the first time in seven years.


29. Philadelphia 76ers (17-60, last week's ranking: 30): Guard Michael Carter-Williams leads all rookies in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and free throws attempted per game.


30. Milwaukee Bucks (14-63; last week's ranking: 29): Even with the Sixers' 26-game losing streak, Milwaukee has the NBA's worst record and is in position for the best draft lottery odds.