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Bird Feed: Pelicans Rise in Power Rankings to Lucky 13

Anthony Davis laps other Western Conference power forwards at their own game.

Derick E Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

SB Nation Power Rankings

Up three spots to 13th.

Anthony Davis returned from his chest contusion and went off for at least 30 points in his last four games. It's been a great season for the Brow, and the Pelicans are now back in control of the eighth seed out West. Will it hold? It's hard to tell, especially with the Thunder nipping at their heels. New Orleans' victory over Oklahoma City was huge with or without Durant. Power Rankings

Up two spots to 13th.

For a team that's a game over .500, the Pelicans haven't played a lot of close games. Only the Sixers (10 vs. 11) have played fewer games that were within five points in the last five minutes. But a 34-point fourth quarter in Houston on Thursday and six straight stops in Oklahoma City on Sunday have them holding on to eighth place in the West.

ESPN Power Rankings

Up two spots to 13th.

Pretty proud of the committee (of one) for restraining itself and resisting the urge to lash out at the Pels after Gal Mekel was let go in the middle of Hanukkah. The Brow's ongoing brilliance, of course, makes it tough to talk about anything else; check those road box scores in Houston and OKC.

Sports Illustrated Power Rankings

Up three spots to 11th.

How does Anthony Davis bounce back from his worst game of the season (six points on 3-of-14 shooting in a loss to Portland)? With a 38-point, 12-rebound effort in a win over the Thunder.

Yahoo! Power Rankings

Up three spots to 13th.

The NBA and its partner networks made a big mistake by not having MVP candidate Anthony Davis play on Christmas.

Stats of Note

Anthony Davis this season

-Shoots better than LaMarcus Aldridge from mid-range (50% to 44.4%)

-Finishes better than Blake Griffin in the restricted area (73.4% to 64.6%)

-Blocks more shots than Serge Ibaka (2.9 to 2.4)