Indiana Pacers Betting Guide
The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association based in Indianapolis. The Pacers are a member of the league’s Eastern Conference’s Central Division.
The team was founded in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association and joined the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. The Pacers play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
“Pacers” is a reference to the Indianapolis 500 and the pace cars which start the race. While the Pacers haven’t won a championship since their ABA days, they are a strong franchise in the league and have developed a great fanbase and history since becoming a member of the NBA.
Best Players and Coaches in Indiana Pacers History
It may be unknown to many, but the Indiana Pacers were the dominant franchise in their ABA days. They won three championships in four years and played in five championship series total.
However, things got a lot tougher after joining the NBA. In fact, it wouldn’t be until the 1990s until the Pacers were once again contenders. However, since then, the Pacers have competed in the league at a high level, thanks to players such as Chuck Person, Rik Smits, Detlef Schrempf, Mark Jackson, Antonio Davis, Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger, Paul George, and Victor Oladipo.
Of course, the greatest Pacer of all was Reggie Miller.
Miller enjoyed an 18-year career with the Pacers and was the backbone of every team, every time he suited up. He’s a Hall of Famer, and not only does he own franchise records for points, assists, steals, and three-pointers, the marks he set will never be passed.
The combination of Miller’s skill and some excellent coaching is responsible for all the success the Pacers maintained all those years, and it has carried over to today.
Coaches Larry Brown and Larry Bird both had fantastic tenures on the sideline in Indianapolis, with over 400 wins between them. From 1994 to 2000, these two Hall of Famers led strong Pacers teams to deep playoff runs, including a trip to the 2000 NBA Finals.
Indiana Pacers Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers’ history of competitive teams continues to this day. Indiana has been a solid team for a number of years, but it is still trying to get back into the elite of the NBA.
Odds can be a bit different, depending on what team the Pacers are facing.
The point spread can vary depending on the opponent, but if you’re feeling good about the Pacers’ chances, even a small point spread isn’t a problem to deal with. Say Indiana is playing the Chicago Bulls and the line shows “Chicago Bulls (+4) at Indiana Pacers.” Here, the Pacers will need to win by at least five points for you to get a win with your bet.
No matter the opponent, the current Pacers squad is very competitive, so even against the top teams in the league such as the Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana usually keeps the game close. That can give a bettor confidence even when the line may be “Indiana Pacers (+5) at Milwaukee Bucks.” Even if the Pacers aren’t able to pull off the upset, they simply need to lose by four or fewer points to get you a winning bet.
With moneylines, you don’t have to worry about a point spread, just which team wins the game outright. So, in a game against a team like the Bulls, Indiana simply needs to win the contest for you to win your bet, no matter how close the final margin ends up.
In that case, how much your winning bet pays depends on the moneyline. If the Pacers were -120 in the game against the Bulls, you would have to bet $120 to get $100 plus your $120 back for a total of $220 in your pocket. If Indiana wins a game in which is was the underdog, you bet $100 to get that plus the moneyline odds back.
For example, against Milwaukee, Indiana could have a moneyline of +160. If you put down $100 and the Pacers get the win, you get back $160 plus your original $100 for a total of $260.
Finally, the over/under or total isn’t concerned with who wins the game at all. All you care about for that type of bet is the total number of points scored between both teams. If the over/under is set at 220 and the final score of the game is 112-110, it doesn’t matter which team came out on top, you have a winning bet if you took the over.