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Bird Feed: Pelicans Move Up in Power Rankings

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SB Nation

Up four spots to 12th.

The Pelicans finally closed out the Mavericks on Sunday after losing to them by five points in their previous two meetings this season. The loss to New York on Monday was ugly, but Anthony Davis didn't play.

NBA.com

Up two spots to 14th.

Jrue Holiday is out for a while and their ownership situation is a little messy, but the Pelicans' first three-game winning streak of the season has them within a game in the loss column of the eighth-place Suns. They play eight of their remaining nine pre-break games at home, where they're 6-1 since Christmas, with five wins against the West's top eight.

ESPN

Steady at 14th.

To have any shot at a playoff berth, as well as hush the strains of fan discontent with Monty Williams, New Orleans needs to do some damage in this stretch that offers 10 of 12 games at home leading into the All-Star break. So far so good: Sunday's big win over Dallas made it a 3-0 start for the Pels.

Sports Illustrated

Up two spots to 13th.

After looking ragged without him, the Pels have been unsurprisingly rejuvenated with Anthony Davis back in the lineup, winning three straight. New Orleans remains a thorn in Oklahoma City’s side as it fights for a playoff berth

Yahoo! Sports

Up one spot to 14th.

The Pelicans have the talent to truly compete for a playoff spot in the tough West.

CBS Sports

Up two spots to 14th.

New Orleans Pelicans: On Sunday, they won their third game in a row for the first time. Better late than never?

Stats of Note

While I continue to believe that Quincy Pondexter will eventually be the starting small forward this season, the current starting lineup has posted some impressive numbers together.