Indiana Pacers Favored Over Charlotte Hornets In First NBA Play-In Game

Posted on May 17, 2021

For eight NBA teams, the time has come to win or go home, as the league debuts a new Play-In Tournament before the start of the playoffs. Indiana sportsbooks might disappoint Pacers fans with their latest Indiana Pacers play-in odds.

On the bright side, if the Pacers do make it through, they’ll be part of some great betting promos for the NBA Playoffs. The deals are good enough that Indiana bettors should consider them regardless of who is playing.

Indiana Pacers Play-In journey

The NBA Play-In Tournament is a new concept for this season. It gives the teams with the seventh- through 10th-best winning percentages in each of the league’s two conferences a chance to prolong their seasons and make the playoffs.

Four of the eight teams, two in each conference, will advance to the traditional postseason.

As the No. 9 seed, the Pacers have to win two games in three days or their season will end. Indiana hosts the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

If the Pacers prevail, they’ll then play the loser of the later game on Tuesday night between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. Game time for that winner-take-all contest is set for Thursday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

If Indiana wins both play-in games, the team will be the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. As their prize, they would face the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.

Betting odds for the Pacers

When it comes to betting on the Pacers, Indiana sportsbooks think the team will stave off elimination Tuesday. As of Monday afternoon, the Pacers are 3-point favorites over Charlotte.

Those same oddsmakers aren’t as high on the Pacers finishing the job, though.

DraftKings IN Sportsbook has a “To Reach Playoffs” prop market on its site, and it lists Indiana as +320 to make the playoffs and -455 to miss out on the postseason.

Bettors should expect the Pacers to be an underdog to either Boston or Washington if they make it to Thursday.

Indiana will also likely be an even heavier dog to Philadelphia if it gets that far. However, Pacers faithful would have a shot to use some NBA promos on that series if that ends up being the case.

IN sportsbooks get out and running with playoff promos

Even if the Pacers miss the playoffs, there’s plenty of betting action to be had on DraftKings.

DraftKings wants users to Hammer the Over

DraftKings is starting its deals with the traditional 16-team playoffs, which begin on Saturday, May 22.

The sportsbook is bringing back its “Hammer the Over” promotion for a game yet to be determined on either May 22 or 23. In that special offer, the points total for the game drops a point for every 1,500 bettors that wager on the over.

Keep a lookout on the app to see which game qualifies for the promo.

Bet $5, win $200 on the NBA Playoffs

While that deal is open to all customers, this one is for new users only.

New users can take advantage of a bet $5, win $200 promo. It is open now and runs through the end of May. Make your first deposit of at least $5, then place a moneyline wager of at least $5 on any NBA game within the allotted timeframe.

Bets must be placed prior to tipoff.

Should your bet win, you would not only get your normal payout, but also eight $25 free bets on top of that.

As we get closer to the start of the NBA Playoffs, even more offers will continue to roll in.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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