There are six weeks remaining in the NBA's regular season and a pair of sleepers are lurking at the bottom of the playoff picture. One of them is likely familiar to you, the other one you've likely forgotten about.
The Thunder lead the league in net rating (9.3) since Feb. 1 and have gone 10-3 despite dealing with injuries to Kevin Durant and most recently Russell Westbrook. Sam Presti's moves at the deadline are already paying off, with Enes Kanter flourishing and D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler excelling in spot duty. It likely doesn't come as a surprise to you that Oklahoma City is making a second-half surge after curiously struggling in the open months, but the results nonetheless have been impressive. The Thunder have arguably its deepest team in the Durant-Westbrook era with myriad of offensive spots. OKC also leads the NBA in offensive efficiency since Feb. 1 with a sterling mark of 110.5.
The other sleeper? The Pacers. While the Thunder have been the most dominant team since Feb. 1, Indiana isn't far behind, ranking No. 4 in net rating (6.5). Both the team's offense and defense rank in the top 10 in efficiency in the last month and all signs point to Indy only getting stronger down the stretch. Paul George has returned to practice and is eyeing a return this month. While the Pacers have plenty of competition for the No. 8 seed, which they currently hold via tiebreakers, none of their rivals have an All-Star waiting on the wings.
With the Thunder and Pacers both moving up, let's take a look at this week's NBA Power Rankings.
(All stats and records through Mar. 1)