Hollinger's Insider Gems: Jan. 15, 2009

John Hollinger gives us five observations for Thursday.

Updated: January 15, 2009, 3:18 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

1. The curse of the No. 5 Power Ranking spot continues. The Bucks haven't been able to get out of their own way since briefly moving up to the fifth spot two weeks ago, and now the Playoff Odds have them clinging with all their might to the East's eighth spot, although still with fairly good odds (63.2 percent) of ultimately making the tournament.