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Indiana Pacers 2024 NBA Playoffs Betting

Indiana Pacers 2024 NBA Championship Odds

Few teams are as anonymous as the Indiana Pacers. And that is just fine with the Pacers and Wise Guys. Indiana offers surprisingly good board value for an above-average team. That is because the casual sector ignores the Pacers while focusing on the name-brand teams. Indiana spent the final days of the season trying to get into the top six to avoid the play-in round. And they succeeded. Unlike most of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers try to outscore opponents rather than shut them down. In the NBA Playoffs, that will only take you so far.

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Indiana Pacers NBA Betting Lines

The Indiana Pacers are 47-35 straight up, 44-35-3 against the spread, and 42-40 over/under the total. Late on, Indiana has covered five out of their last eight games. While the Pacers have gone over the total in six of its previous seven matchups. Indiana is 6th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Indiana is 17 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Indiana has NBA metrics of 1st for scoring offense, 1st for field goal percentage, 9th for 3-point field goal percentage, 13th for free throw percentage, and 28th for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Pacers have NBA metrics of 27th for scoring defense, 30th for field goal percentage permitted, 16th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 15th for defensive rebounding.

The Pacers will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The series opens on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Indiana Pacers Key Players

PF Pascal Siakam leads the Pacers with 21.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. Siakam was a key contributor to the 2019 Toronto Raptors NBA championship team. He is a 2-time NBA All-Star. Siakam has averaged over 21.4 points per game in the past five seasons. Last year in the playoffs, Siakam averaged 22.8 points per game.

PF Tyrese Haliburton averages 20.1 points and 10.9 assists per game. Haliburton is a 2-time NBA All-Star.

Indiana Pacers Head Coach

Head coach Rick Carlisle is one of the most accomplished leaders in NBA history. Carlisle was the 2002 NBA Coach of the Year and led the 2011 Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA championship. He is best known for leading Dallas to a franchise renaissance with owner Mark Cuban. Carlisle has a career record of 943-828 in the regular season and 63-70 in the playoffs.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 47 35 3rd, Central TBD
2022–23 82 35 47 4th, Central Did not qualify
2021–22 82 25 57 4th, Central Did not qualify
2020–21 72 34 38 2nd, Central Did not qualify
2019–20 73 45 28 2nd, Central Lost in First Round, 0–4 (Heat)
2018–19 82 48 34 2nd, Central Lost in First Round, 0–4 (Celtics)
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Indiana Pacers History

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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