Indiana Pacers NBA Championship Betting Odds

Indiana Pacers NBA Championship Betting Odds

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The Indiana Pacers posted their worst record in nearly four decades last season. Indiana has long been at least a decent team in the Eastern Conference, while occasionally challenging for supremacy. However, they have lost all of their best players from the past few seasons. Victor Oladipo was traded to the Houston Rockets in the deal that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, and Indiana really cleaned house over the last several months. The Pacers sent Caris LeVert to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ricky Rubio and draft picks, and they sent Malcolm Brogdon to Boston for a bevy of bench players and a first-round pick. Indiana’s decision to send Domantas Sabonis to Sacramento for a package that included Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson received a lot of praise though, leading some to think the Pacers might be ready to challenge for the postseason in 2023.

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Tyrese Haliburton has showed a lot of promise in his two seasons in the NBA. Haliburton was great after joining the Pacers last year, averaging 17.5 PPG and 9.6 APG in 26 games with Indiana. He made over 50% of his field goals and more than 41% of his threes, and he also showed off his defense by averaging 1.8 steals a game. Haliburton could have a breakout season this year, and he is flanked by two other young guards that should help him out.

Chris Duarte was solid on defense as a rookie last year, and he proved to be a decent scoring option. Duarte averaged 13.1 PPG, and he made over 43% of his field goals and almost 37% of his threes. Rookie Bennedict Mathurin is expected to make an immediate impact too, as he plays tough and as a very translatable game to the NBA.

Center Myles Turner has had trouble staying healthy the last two years, but the Pacers will be relying on him to provide size in the frontcourt. Wing Buddy Hield could benefit from a change of scenery, and he averaged 18.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 4.8 APG in his 26 games with the Pacers last year.

Indiana Pacers Seasons (2000)

2021-22 25-57 -
2020-21 34-38 -
2019-20 45-28 Lost First Round
2018-19 48-34 Lost First Round
2017-18 48-34 Lost First Round
2016-17 42-40 Lost First Round
2015-16 45-37 Lost First Round
2014-15 38-44 -
2013-14 56-26 Lost Eastern Conference Finals
2012-13 49-32 Lost Eastern Conference Finals
2011-12 42-24 Lost Second Round
2010-11 37-45 Lost First Round
2009-10 32-50 -
2008-09 36-46 -
2007-08 36-46 -
2006-07 35-47 -
2005-06 41-41 Lost First Round
2004-05 44-38 Lost Second Round
2003-04 61-21 Lost Eastern Conference Finals
2002-03 48-34 Lost First Round
2001-02 42-40 Lost First Round
2000-01 41-41 Lost First Round
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It made a ton of sense for the ABA to put a team in basketball mad Indiana. The Indiana Pacers were an ABA expansion team in 1967 and were arguably the best team in the history of the competitor to the NBA. Indiana made the playoffs in all nine years of the ABA’s existence, and the Pacers went to the ABA Finals five times. They won three ABA championships, more than any other team in the league.

Because of the entry fee needed to join the NBA, the Indiana Pacers struggled for their first dozen years in the new league. They only made the playoffs twice, and they didn’t become a consistent contender until the 1990s. That’s when the arrival of Reggie Miller made the Pacers one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, and the team ended up making seven straight playoff appearances. Miller led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals twice, but they lost in seven games to the New York Knicks in 1994 and fell in seven games to the Orlando Magic in 1995.

Indiana did finally win the Eastern Conference in 2000 with The Hick from French Lick coaching the team. Larry Bird led the Pacers to a 56-26 record, as Miller, Jalen Rose, Mark Jackson, and Rik Smits finally knocked off the Knicks to make the NBA Finals. However, they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals.

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