In spite of the Indiana Pacers having an Eastern Conference-best 41-13 win-loss record through Feb. 19, making post-NBA All-Star break predictions for the team can be a tricky issue.
For one, Indy has lost three of its last five games.
Second, Paul George has to be more consistent. Prior to averaging almost 31 points against the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, shooting bricks was the trend for the Pacers' franchise player before the All-Star break.
A team that was projected to win 70 games or so at the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign has tailed off somewhat, already losing its 13th game.
That being said, the Pacers should be ready to establish themselves as the league's best team once the season's second half kicks off.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of ESPN.