With all due respect to the defending champion Miami Heat, the Indiana Pacers look like an early-season juggernaut in the Eastern Conference. Not only are the Pacers the NBA's only remaining undefeated team at 5-0, but all of the other Eastern Conference contenders have at least two losses to date.
Following an opening week packed with easy wins over lesser competition, the Pacers stepped up in weight class against their division rivals, the Chicago Bulls. But even Chicago failed to put up much of a fight, and the Pacers cruised to a 97-80 victory on Wednesday.
The Pacers have been led this year by Paul George, Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert, who have all taken major strides since losing in Game 7 of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.
Unfortunately for Pacer fans, their team is bound to lose eventually—probably in this month, even. As good as they appear right now, the Pacers were a sub-.500 team on the road last year and have yet to face a real road test.
With that in mind, let's break down the five teams most likely to end Pacers perfection.