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NBA Power Rankings, Week 15: The Eastern Conference race is tightening; the Suns are streaking

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Dallas Mavericks
2021-22 record: 27-20
Previous ranking: 10

The Mavs’ 10-2 record in January is the second-best in the league, behind only the Suns, who won in Dallas on Wednesday when the Mavs were on the second game of a back-to-back. Brooklyn Nets
2021-22 record: 29-17
Previous ranking: 9

Including the Sunday loss in Minnesota, Kyrie Irving has played in seven games for the Nets, with Brooklyn going 4-3 and Irving averaging 23.4 points on 50% shooting, along with 4.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Denver won for the sixth time in nine games and now hits the road for a six-game trip, while Jokic is in the middle of making his case to repeat as MVP. Jokic might have had his showcase game last week with 49 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, including a sick crosscourt pass out of a double-team to hit Aaron Gordon for the game-winning shot in a 130-128 overtime win over the Clippers on Wednesday. Indiana Pacers
2021-22 record: 17-30
Previous ranking: 26

Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has played just three games since Dec.16 and the team announced over the weekend he will be out for at least another 10 days to rehab a sore Achilles tendon.

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