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Indiana Pacers Betting and Team Guide

There are plenty of interesting Indiana Pacers betting opportunities every season. If you put in some research and select your wagers carefully, you could make some good money. The most important step is to learn more about the franchise, and this is the purpose of our Indiana Pacers team guide. It features general information and key facts about the Pacers but also the latest betting odds, updates, and predictions for the current NBA season.

Indiana Pacers Betting in 2019-20

Let’s explore the most popular Indiana Pacers betting markets available for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Latest Indiana Pacers Odds for 2019-20

Indiana Pacers to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+5000
Indiana Pacers to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference+2500
Indiana Pacers to Win the 2020 NBA Central DivisionN/A

Indiana Pacers Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 47-51 wins, likely #5 or #6 seed in the Eastern Conference
  • Current Pick: No recommended bet
  • Last Updated: February 28th

Victor Oladipo is still trying to find his footing, so this Pacers team isn’t nearly as strong as I assume they will be in March and April. Indy isn’t going to be able to catch the Bucks in the Central Division, but they can certainly chase down the 76ers and the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.

I’ve been a big believer in Nate McMillan’s bunch ever since I’ve noticed how dependable Domantas Sabonis has been, and making it all the way to the Conference Finals isn’t off the table.

Not yet at least.

Previous Indiana Pacers Predictions

January 16th

  • Prediction: 52-56 wins, win at least one round in the playoffs.
  • Pick: No recommended bet

I’m a big believer that the Pacers could make some noise in the playoffs, but I’m not going to get carried away and invest in them to catch Milwaukee in the division. Indiana has played great basketball at home (16-5), but their 4-6 record against the rest of the Central Division is a bit disturbing. Especially when you take into account that Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland are a combined 42-83.

December 4th

  • Prediction: 52-56 wins, win at least one round in the playoffs.
  • Pick: No recommended bet

After beginning the year 0-3, the Pacers have picked up their play dramatically. Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon are worthy of All-Star considerations, and both Jeremy Lamb and T.J. Warren have turned into reliable contributors.

Once this team is fully healthy, they’re going to be a really tough out for anybody in the East.

October 8th

  • Prediction: 50 wins and a top 4 seed in the East is a real possibility
  • Pick: Over 46.5 Wins -110

The online betting sites have released the odds for the Indiana Pacers regular season wins and I’m a bit surprised. Even without Oladipo for the first couple of months, the team should be able to win more than 46-7 games where the line stands in most bookmakers on the internet. You can get a price of -110 or so for that to happen and that seems like a solid wager.

Season Preview

The Indiana Pacers had a solid season last year, but Victor Oladipo’s injury was too hard to overcome in the playoffs. The franchise’s star should be back for the 2019-20 season, and the Pacers roster is looking interesting once again.

Jeremy Lamb and Malcolm Brogdon joined in the summer, but Bojan Bogdanovic is now gone. It will be interesting to see how Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner will perform this year, as both youngsters showed a lot of promise last year.

They are raw but full of potential that could elevate the Pacers. We feel the team should be able to reach 50 wins during the regular season, and the second round of the playoffs is the realistic target. It will probably be too early for more than that, but you never know, considering how close the Eastern Conference will be.

Indiana Pacers News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

A six-game losing-streak set the Pacers back just before the All-Star break, but it appears that they have rebounded nicely. Indiana has won four of their last five and is about to hit the road for five games in an eight-day period.

Should Indy come out of this road trip relatively unscathed, they’ll be able to garner some positive momentum as they turn home toward the final stretch.

Previous News and Updates

January 16th, by Michael Wynn

As of now, Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is aiming to return to the court on January 29th at home against the Bulls. Malcolm Brogdon has overcome a back injury and strep throat – two ailments that forced him to miss a total of five games.

Once Nate McMillan has his entire cast intact, look out for Indiana to be a legitimate threat to emerge out of the East.

December 4th, by Michael Wynn

Victor Oladipo has been playing 5-on-5 and says his knee is feeling close to where it needs to be. Given how well Indy has played in his absence, I suspect Nate McMillan won’t be rushing his franchise guard back before he’s at 100%.

Look to see Oladipo back on the court with his teammates by the time the calendar turns to 2020.

October 15, by Jerry Summer

The Indiana Pacers have won their first three preseason games and looked impressive in the process. The best news is that almost every player from the rotation played well and such depth could be crucial in the NBA regular season.

Once Oladipo returns, the franchise will also have the leadership required for a solid campaign. If the star can stay fit, this could be a very exciting season for the Pacers.

July 7, by Jerry Summer

There were no sensational deals involving the Indiana Pacers in the summer, but the team did acquire the services of Jeremy Lamb and Malcolm Brogdon. Both are solid players that will provide depth in the shooting guard and small forward positions.

The main goal is to replace Bojan Bogdanovic, who joined the Utah Jazz in free agency.

More Indiana Pacers and NBA Betting for 2019-20

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The Indiana Pacers in 2019-20

Indiana Pacers Roster in 2019-20

It’s crucial to be familiar with the roster of every NBA team you are going to bet on. Here are the players that are part of the Indiana Pacers franchise.

  • Malcolm Brogdon – Guard
  • Edmond Sumner – Guard
  • T.J. McConnell – Guard
  • Aaron Holiday – Guard
  • Victor Oladipo – Guard
  • Jeremy Lamb – Guard
  • T.J. Warren – Guard
  • Doug McDermott – Forward
  • T.J. Leaf – Forward
  • Alize Johnson – Forward
  • Jakeenan Gant – Forward
  • Brian Bowen – Forward
  • Myles Turner – Center
  • Domantas Sabonis – Center
  • Goga Bitadze – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Let’s look at the Indiana Pacers’ projected lineup for the 2019-20 NBA season.

  • Malcolm Brogdon – Point Guard
  • Victor Oladipo – Shooting Guard
  • T.J. Warren – Small Forward
  • Domantas Sabonis – Power Forward
  • Myles Turner – Center

The Pacers’ starting lineup will be full of young and hungry players that will be desperate to prove their worth to the world. Malcolm Brogdon is a fantastic point guard that averaged 50-40-90 shooting last year for the Bucks and has been close to these numbers throughout his career so far.

He’s also a decent defender and should form a formidable backcourt duo with the big star of the Pacers, Victor Oladipo. The guard is a two-way monster that can score, create, and defend even the best guards in the league.

The other three starters complement the backcourt guys really well. Domantas Sabonis is a dynamic forward that can rebound and score, while Myles Turner is a solid big man that can shoot from the outside. As for T.J. Warren, he can do a little bit of everything.

The biggest issue we see for this team is the rim protection, as neither Sabonis nor Turner is exactly an expert defender. However, both have the potential to improve in this regard. The Pacers’ starting lineup is solid in everything else and should provide the platform for a good seeding in the East.

Depth and Bench

One of the guys that has an important role from the Pacers bench is T.J. McConnell. The guard is a solid playmaker that can both create for others and score from the outside. Despite the fact that he’s undersized, McConnell is an average defender.

The likes of Aaron Holiday, Doug McDermott, and T.J. Leaf will provide shooting from the three, and there are a couple of other youngsters that should get some minutes. The problem is that most of them are not that good in defense, which will be the main issue of the Pacers’ second unit.

Indiana Pacers Staff in 2019-20

Each team’s performance doesn’t depend only on the players, so let’s take a look at the other key personnel of the Indiana Pacers for the 2019-20 season.

  • Head Coach: Nate McMillan
  • Coaching Staff: Dan Burke (Asst. Coach), Popeye Jones (Asst. Coach), Bill Bayno (Asst. Coach), David McClure (Asst. Coach for Player Development), Josh Corbeil (Trainer), Carl Eaton (Asst. Trainer),
  • Ownership: Herbert Simon
  • General Manager: Chad Buchanan

Ever since Nate McMillan became the head coach of the Pacers in 2016, the team has managed to earn a spot in the playoffs. The last two seasons saw the franchise win 48 games, and that happened without Victor Oladipo for the final couple of months in 2018-2019.

The big issue is that the Pacers lost in the first round of the NBA Playoffs three times in a row. The main target in front of Nate McMillan would be to improve on that, and it all starts with a better seed in the East. If his roster is healthy, we believe that McMillan can lead the Pacers to 50+ wins.

Indiana Pacers Schedule in 2019-20

You should always consider the schedule when betting on the NBA games. The schedule for the 2019-20 season is not up yet, but we will add all Indiana Pacers games and dates here once they’re released. We will also take a look at the key moments of the schedule and how they might affect your Indiana Pacers betting.

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Indiana Pacers Overview and Key Info

The Indiana Pacers have three franchise championships, but they’re all ABA (American Basketball Association) titles earned before the ABA-NBA merger.

Inaugurated in 1967, the Pacers were a member of the ABA until 1976 when the leagues merged. From 1968 through 1975, the team made five ABA finals appearances and won three, with the first in 1970. They quickly followed up their success with back-to-back championships in 1972 and ’73.

Since joining the NBA, the Pacers have recorded a .500 regular season-winning percentage through the 2017-18 season and have won six NBA division titles and one conference title in 2000. The conference title earned them a trip to the finals, but they ultimately lost to the LA Lakers in a 4-2 series.

Starting in 2010, the Pacers have only been out of the playoffs once (in 2014-15). Nate McMillan was promoted from assistant to head coach in 2016 and will be returning for the 2019-20 season.

Here are the key facts about the Indiana Pacers as an organization.

Indiana Pacers – Key Info
Established
1967
Current Team Location
In Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1967
Division
Eastern Conference – Central
Arena
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
G League Team
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Website
www.nba.com/pacers
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.175 billion

Indiana Pacers History

The Indiana Pacers played their inaugural season in 1967 as a member of the ABA until the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.

NBA Membership

The Pacers, along with the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, and San Antonio Spurs, made the cut and joined the NBA for the 1976-77 season.

Much of the team’s success, though, came in the American Basketball Association seasons with three ABA championships in four years (1970, 1972, 1973). From 1967 through the 1975-76 season, the Pacers were playoff-bound annually. In their second season (1968-69), the team made their first appearance in the finals, losing to the Oakland Oaks 4-1.

Championships

The 1970 championship was against the Los Angeles Stars. In 1972, they beat the New York Nets in a 4-2 series, and in 1973, they won in the best of seven against the Kentucky Colonels. A rematch against the Colonels followed in 1975, and Kentucky turned things around with a 4-1 championship win.

Since the ABA-NBA merger, the Pacers have won six division titles and have made one NBA finals appearance in 2000, but the Lakers bested them in a 4-2 victory. To date, the Pacers have yet to win an NBA championship.

Some of the Best

The Pacers have had eight Hall of Famers on their roster since 1971 with George McGinnis. Other honorees include Alex English, Adrian Dantley, Gus Johnson, Chris Mullin, Mel Daniels, Reggie Miller, and Roger Brown. Coaches Jack Ramsay, Larry Brown, and Bobby Leonard are also inductees.

Indiana has also had 13 players named to the NBA All-Star game through the 2017-18 season. The first were Billy Knight and Don Buse in 1977. Reggie Miller, Jermaine O’Neal, Paul George, and Roy Hibbert made multiple appearances. The most recently named was Victor Oladipo in 2018. Other All-Stars include Detlef Schrempf, Rik Smits, Dale Davis, Brad Miller, Ron Artest, and Danny Granger.

Indiana Pacers Championships and Playoffs

  • 0 NBA Championships:
  • 3 ABA Championships: 1973, 1972, 1970
  • 1 Conference Title: 2000
  • 3 ABA Division Titles: 1971, 1970, 1969
  • 6 NBA Division Titles: 2014, 2013, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1995

Home Court – Banker Life Fieldhouse

  • Inaugurated: 1999
  • Renovated: 2012
  • Capacity: 17,923
  • Former Names: Conseco Fieldhouse (1999-2011)

As members of the ABA, the Pacers first played at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum until 1974. Then, they were given a brand new downtown Indianapolis-based venue called the Market Square Arena.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, formerly Conseco Fieldhouse, finished construction in 1999 and replaced the Market Square Arena. It’s designed for basketball first and foremost, and the Pacers share tenancy with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever instead of an NHL team as with many NBA facilities.

While the venue can accommodate hockey, the seating capacity is significantly diminished to 12,300 with an asymmetrical seating plan.

In 2005 and 2006, the Sports Business Journal named Conseco Fieldhouse as the number-one NBA venue. Two 50’ by 21’ high video screen scoreboards were added in 2012 along with a new sound system, providing fans with a top-notch visual and audio experience.

  • Venue Address: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Mailing Address: Indiana Pacers, c/o Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Phone: 317-917-2500

Indiana Pacers Head Coaches

In the Pacers’ 50-year history, they’ve had 15 head coaches. The first was Larry Staverman, who posted an inaugural-season 40-47 record for a .460 winning percentage and went 0-3 in the post-season.

Staverman was followed by one of the most successful coaches in Pacers history, though. Bobby Leonard, who held the position from 1968-1980, is behind all three ABA championship titles in 1970, ‘72, and ‘73. Leonard coached more games than his counterparts, finishing his tenure with 985 GC and a 529-456 record (.537). His playoff stats are even higher with a .595 winning percentage and 69-47 record.

Both Jack McKinney (1980-84) and former Celtics player Larry Bird (1997-2000) were named NBA Coaches of the Year. Bird posted the highest winning percentage in the organization with .687 after 214 games coached.

While Jack Ramsay (1986-88) didn’t fare as well with his Pacers stats, he is officially one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.

Last 10 Denver Nuggets Head Coaches
#YearsNameW-L%Playoffs%Championships
15 2016 – Nate McMillan138-108 .5613-12 .200
142011-16Frank Vogel250-181.58030-29.508
132007-11Jim O’Brien121-169.417X-X
122003-07Rick Carlisle181-147.55218-17.514
112000-03Isiah Thomas131-115.5335-10.333
101997-2000Larry Bird147-67.68732-20.615
91993-97Larry Brown190-138.57922-16.579
81990-93Bob Hill113-108.5113-9.250
71989-90Dick Versace73-87.4560-3.000
4b*1988-89George Irvine6-14.300X-X

*George Irving had two stints as head coach of the Pacers. The first was from 1984-86 with a 48-116 (.293) record.

Current head coach, Nate McMillan, isn’t new to the coaching world. He held the top job with the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000-2005 and the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005-2012. He was hired as an assistant coach for the Pacers in 2013 and promoted in 2016, taking over for Frank Vogel.

Indiana Pacers Last Five Seasons

SeasonCoachFinishW-L%PlayoffsPoints Leader (avg/game)
2018-19 Nate McMillan2nd 48-34 .585 0-4Victor Oladipo (18.8)
2017-18Nate McMillan2nd48-34.585Lost First RoundVictor Oladipo (23.1)
2016-17Nate McMillan3rd42-40.512Lost First RoundPaul George (23.7)
2015-16Frank Vogel2nd45-37.549Lost First RoundPaul George (23.1)
2014-15Frank Vogel4th38-44.463George Hill (16.1)

Indiana Pacers All-Time Career Leaders

CategoryNameStatsYears
PointsReggie Miller25,2791987-2005
Average Pts/GameVictor Oladipo21.72017-2019
AssistsReggie Miller4,1411987-2005
ReboundsDale Davis6,0061991-2000, 2004-2005

Reggie Miller

For his entire 18-season career, Reggie Miller played for the Indiana Pacers. Miller was Indiana’s first-round pick in the 1987 NBA Draft. He had been playing for the Bruins at UCLA and was twice named First-Team All-Pac-10 in 1986 and ’87. Reggie is a Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor member and had his number 31 retired by UCLA as well as the Indiana Pacers.

The shooting guard is the franchise’s all-time career leader in points and assists and joined the NBA’s 50-40-90 club (field goals, three-pointers, free throws) in 1994. He’s a five-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA Third Team. In 2002, he was recognized as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year and was given the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2004. Miller was a member of the United States’ gold medal-winning Olympic team in Atlanta in ’96. He’s also an inductee in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo is a more recent addition to the Pacers team, having been traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017. Oladipo played at the collegiate level at Indiana University and compiled a long list of honors in 2013. He was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Co-NABC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Big Ten, and Consensus First-Team All-American. Sporting News also named Victor as the 2013 Player of the Year. Orlando selected him as their first-round, second-overall pick in 2013.

The shooting guard/point guard played three seasons for the Magic and one in Oklahoma City before immediately becoming a Pacers franchise leader for average points per game (21.7). After being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2014, Victor came back in 2018 as the NBA’s Most Improved Player, All-Star, All-Defensive First Team, and NBA steals leader.

Dale Davis

Center and power forward Dale Davis was on the Pacers roster two separate times during his NBA career that spanned 1991 through 2007. He was Indiana’s first-round selection in the 1991 NBA draft out of Clemson University, where he was a 1990 First-Team All-ACC and had his number 34 retired. Davis also has a gold medal from the 1989 US team in Duisburg. He played for the Pacers from 1991-2000 and then went on to the Trail Blazers and Warriors before returning to Indiana in 2005.

He started all 25 games he played for the Pacers at the time, recording 6.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.32 blocks. Dale Davis is still the franchise’s all-time leader for career rebounds with 6,006. The 2000 NBA All-Star signed with the Pistons as a free agent in 2005. He retired in ’07 with 8,706 points, 8,605 rebounds, and 1,270 blocks.

Indiana Pacers Trivia

The Pacers had their winningest season in 2003-04 with 61 games behind Reggie Miller, Metta World Peace, and Jermaine O’Neal.

Larry Bird is one of the most well-known Celtics players in history. But he also takes the top spot amongst Pacers coaches with a .687 regular-season winning percentage and .615 in the playoffs after coaching 266 games in Indiana.

For three consecutive seasons (2011-2014), the Miami Heat halted the Pacers’ championship contention. The Pacers lost to the Heat in the conference semifinals in 2012 and then the conference finals in both 2013 and 2014.

The Indiana Pacers introduced one of the first professional sports dance squads in their inaugural 1967 season. The Indiana Pacemates were formerly known as the Marathon Scoreboard Girls during the Pacers’ ABA years.