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Pelicans inch upward in NBA Power Rankings, Week 22

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New Orleans went 2-1 this week and managed to cut into the Thunder lead slightly in the playoff hunt.

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SB Nation

Last Week: 15 - This Week: 14

Anthony Davis is leading the NBA in PER at 31.1, per Basketball-Reference, and is on track to join Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only three players to put up that kind of amazing production since 1990.

NBA.com

Last Week: 13 - This Week: 12

The Pelicans are in the middle of a four-game stretch against the Kings (x 2), Wolves and Lakers that will keep them within a couple of games of the Thunder. But, beginning with Saturday's visit to Portland, they play six of their final seven games against teams over .500. Of course, if they fall short of the playoffs, their 13 losses to teams under .500 will haunt them.

ESPN

Last Week: 15 - This Week: 12

On March 18, New Orleans and OKC were tied in the standings with the Pelicans holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. Since then? The Pels are a mere 2-4, including losses at Phoenix and at home to Houston they simply couldn't afford, while OKC has gone 5-2 to all but clinch No. 8 in the West.

Sports Illustrated

Last Week: 15 - This Week: 13

Anthony Davis’s MVP campaign lost momentum a long time ago due to a field stuffed with strong candidates on stronger teams. But consider his March numbers for just a second: 27.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.1 blocks and 3.6 assists.

Yahoo! Sports

Last Week: 15 - This Week: 14

The Pelicans still have some hope for the eighth playoff spot in the West, and New Orleans actually owns the tiebreaker over Oklahoma City.

CBS Sports

Last Week: 19 - This Week: 15

Hanging on for dear life, the defense has improved. They're going to get everyone healthy in time to miss the playoffs by a game or two.

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