The Indiana Pacers moved 10 games above .500 after a big road win against Memphis on Monday. That win was the first on the road against a winning team since December 4th and just their second of the year. It was not only a key victory from that standpoint, but gets the team off to a good start on their difficult trip out West where they look to improve on their recent road struggles. This week's tests will either get Indiana on the right track against winning teams on the road or their nine consecutive weeks without a losing record will come to a close.

The road struggles may have played a slight hindrance to Indiana's progression in various power rankings this week, the hiccup against Orlando diminishing an otherwise solid win against a Houston team, that despite their current struggles, can still score at a high pace. In fact, for all the praise Indiana has rightfully gotten for their defense, it was their offense that helped give Indiana the 105-95 win. But while Seth Rosenthal looks at the Pacers offense being better...against weaker teams...who are...poor defensively, they've still needed that defense to lead their success in the month of January.