The Indiana Pacers have surged into second place in the Eastern Conference and have an excellent chance to win their first Central Division title in nine years.
Anything beyond that may involve getting past the Boston Celtics.
In a possible playoff preview, Indiana seeks an eighth victory in nine tries Wednesday night by preventing visiting Boston from extending its winning streak to four games.
Indiana (38-22) continued its recent solid play by defeating Chicago 97-92 on Sunday and leads third-place New York by one-half game in the East. The victory also pushed its Central lead over the Bulls to four games.
David West scored a season-high 31 points and George Hill added 21 for the Pacers, who haven't won a division title since 2003-04.
West is averaging 24.0 points over his last four games.
"(West) leads our team in will,'' coach Frank Vogel said. "He has a great will to do whatever is necessary to get the job done and to get a `W.'''
The Pacers, winners in 21 of 24 at home,...