After going 45-28 and being invited to the 22-team playoff bubble in Orlando last season, the 4th-seeded Indiana Pacers were summarily dismissed in the first round by the Miami Heat.
Pacers fans disappointed by the result didn’t have to wait long to turn their hopes in the new season. The 2020-21 NBA season returned on December 22 and runs until July, but you can start betting on the Pacers anytime.
It won’t be a traditional season, though. The NBA will play a 72-game regular season followed up by a playoff Play-In Tournament. A more traditional 16-team NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals should wrap up by mid-July.
On this page, you’ll find the latest Pacers game odds and futures odds, how to register a new account at the top Indiana online sportsbooks, and how to bet on the Pacers all season long.
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Have a look at the current futures odds for the Pacers to win the Central Division, Eastern Conference or NBA Finals at top Indiana online sportsbooks below. Click on any odds to jump directly to the sportsbook and lock in your bet.
Victor Oladipo is a two-time NBA All-Star and has been on the verge of breaking into the true NBA elite for the past couple of years. Injuries, however, have kept him from reaching his full potential. Is this the year that changes? Check the latest Oladipo odds for MVP or game props at Indiana sportsbooks below:
There are four simple steps you must take before betting on or against the 2020-21 Indiana Pacers at top Indiana online and mobile sportsbooks:
Despite missing star Victor Oladipo due to injury for all but 23 games, the Indiana Pacers were competitive throughout the 2019-20 NBA season.
The Pacers finished 45-28—good for 2nd in the Central Division. They were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA bubble in Orlando for the NBA playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, they ran into a red hot Miami Heat squad who beat them four straight in the first round on their way to an NBA Finals appearance.
The season was still considered a success. Mostly because the Pacers were without 2018-19 leading scorer Oladipo for most of it. T.J. Warren emerged as a legitimate scorer, especially in the bubble where he had a couple of 50-point explosions. Domantas Sabonis proved to be a dominant frontcourt star-in-the-making throughout the year.
The Pacers stood pat in the 2020 free agency period and will more than likely ride with that big three leading a familiar roster core heading into the 2020-21 NBA season.
Pundits still point to the Vegas odds on Pacers games out of habit. The truth is most lines open the same at Indiana sportsbooks as they do in Vegas. Where they may differ is in how they change.
Lines are set to draw an equal amount of betting to both sides. That way, sportsbooks can realize a consistent vig and have no reason to sweat the outcome of any game. When more money comes in on one side somewhere, that sportsbook will move the line to try to even out the betting again. There’s more interest in Pacers games in Indiana than there is in Vegas.
More betting interest means more money bet, making the chances more money is bet on one side much greater in Indiana. That means the lines are more likely to change ahead of tip-off here in Indiana than they are in Las Vegas.
Top Indiana online sportsbooks plan to offer live betting and active props markets for every Pacers game this season. This is going to add some fun and excitement to every game.
Live betting allows you to bet on or against the Pacers after a tip off at odds that change with the action on the court. These are the fastest-changing betting markets you’ll find, making live betting perfectly suited for betting with a sportsbook app downloaded to your phone.
Pacers prop markets let you bet on the game within a game, mostly surrounding player and team stat lines. Pacers props may involve bets like:
Pacers betting lines at top Indiana online and mobile sportsbook normally look a lot like this:
Indiana Pacers +3.5 (-110 ) +155 O 203.5 (-110)
LA Lakers -3.5 (-110) -175 U 203.5 (-110)
The first set of numbers represents the spread with the odds posted in brackets.
If the Pacers are 3.5-point underdogs to the Lakers, spread bets on the Pacers will win if they win, or lose by less than three. That makes the Lakers 3.5-point favorites and means for spread bets on LA to win if the Lakers win by four or more.
Either way, at -110 odds, you’ll win $100, plus your original bet back, for every $110 you bet.
The second set of numbers represents the moneyline.
If the Pacers are +155 underdogs, every $100 you bet on the Pacers will pay $155, plus your bet back, if the Pacers win the game. If the Lakers are -175 favorites, every $175 you bet on the Lakers will pay $100, plus your bet back, if the Lakers win.
The final set of numbers represent the totals line with the odds posted in brackets.
This is a bet on whether the total combined Pacers-Lakers score will be over or under 203.5 points. Either way, if you’re right, you win $100, plus your bet back, for every $110 you bet.
It could be confusing at first to look at a sports betting site with so many different wager options on the board. Here’s a quick list of the most popular NBA bet types at a glance:
For most people, online and mobile sports betting is the more convenient option over a retail sportsbook inside a casino. And if you do bet online, it’s critical that you stick with a legal, regulated sportsbook licensed by the state of Indiana.
We only list fully licensed and regulated Indiana sportsbooks here but there are overseas sportsbooks that do try to solicit bets from US customers illegally.
All sportsbooks or betting apps that are licensed in Indiana will indicate their credentials on their main home page.
The good news is that in the state of Indiana there are lots of good options for online betting. Use companies like FanDuel, William Hill or DraftKings and you’ll be in good shape. They’re reputable, regulated and highly-rated.
Here are the stats for the Indiana Pacers team leaders over the past five seasons:
|2019-20||T.J. Warren 19.8||Domantas Sabonis 12.4||Malcolm Brogdon 7.1|
|2018-19||Victor Oladipo 18.8||Domantas Sabonis 9.3||Darren Collison 6|
|2017-18||Victor Oladipo 23.1||Domantas Sabonis 7.7||Darren Collison 5.3|
|2016-17||Paul George 23.7||Myles Turner 7.3||Jeff Teague 7.8|
|2015-16||Paul George 23.1||Ian Mahinmi 7.1||Monta Ellis 4.7|
Here are the Indiana Pacers first-round draft picks since 2015:
2019: #18 Goga Bitadze
2018: #23 Aaron Holiday
2017: #18 T. J. Leaf (Traded to Oklahoma City in 2020)
2016: #20 Caris LeVert (Traded to Brooklyn at the NBA Draft)
2015: #11 Myles Turner
Here’s the 2020-21 Indiana Pacers coaching staff:
Head Coach: Nate Bjorkgren (1st year)
Assistant Coach: Kaleb Canales
Assistant Coach: Greg Foster
Assistant Coach: Bill Bayno
Here’s a look at the Indiana Pacers head coaches and their records over the past two decades:
Isiah Thomas (2000–2003) 131-115
Rick Carlisle (2003–2007) 181-147
Jim O’Brien (2007–2011) 121-169
Frank Vogel (2011–2016) 250-181
Nate McMillan (2016–2020) 183-136
Nate Bjorkgren (2020–?) ?
FOX Sports Indiana airs Pacers games, employing a broadcast team that includes Chris Denari on play-by-play and Quinn Buckner as an analyst.
You can also listen to Pacers games on WIBC 93.1 where Mark Boyle has been the voice of the Pacers for more than 25 seasons.
The 72-game NBA schedule starts Dec. 22, 2020, and the Pacers will play three games against every other Eastern Conference team and two games against every Western Conference team. The league will randomly assign who gets who twice at home and once on the road.
However, all the teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, including the Pacers, will play twice at home and once on the road against the same teams from the same intraconference division.
Check back during the season for any updates to the Pacers’ schedule.
Indiana mobile sports betting apps let you bet on the Indiana Pacers while you watch the games from anywhere inside Indiana with internet access.
That includes this list of the five best Pacers bars in Indianapolis:
The Indiana Pacers were an American Basketball Association franchise established in 1967. The team joined the NBA as part of the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. The Pacers won three ABA titles and reached the NBA Finals in 2000, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Hall of Famer Reggie Miller was the star of that team and some of the best Pacers teams in franchise history. Miller played 18 NBA seasons, all with Indiana Pacers. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest three-point shooters in league history. Despite Miller retiring, and the team’s small-market status, the Pacers have remained competitive throughout the 2000s and 2010s.
The franchise has developed a reputation for putting well-coached teams on the floor who truly adopt the team concept rather than rely on free-agent stars.
In the team’s history they have featured six different Hall of Fame players:
Real estate developer Herb Simon owns the Pacers. He lives in Indianapolis and has vowed to keep the team in his hometown as long as he lives.
Forbes says the Indiana Pacers are worth approximately $1.525 billion in 2020. That makes them 22nd among the NBA’s 30 teams and a truly small-market team compared to the No. 1 New York Knicks, valued at $4.6 billion.
You can get into a Pacers game for as little as $10, but the average price is $89. That’s quite affordable by NBA standards, even though courtside seats go for $600 apiece.
The Pacers have been in the NBA since the 1976-77 season and have made the playoffs 27 times. This includes making the playoffs and losing in the first round for the past five straight seasons. The Pacers missed the 2014–15 NBA playoffs after losing in the Eastern Conference Finals the prior season.
The Pacers have retired five jersey numbers, including:
@Pacers is the Indiana Pacers official Twitter account. It promises “We Grow Basketball Here” and Tweets are written in #IndianaStyle.
The account has been live since January 2009 and boasts 1.2 million followers
Nothing says Indianapolis quite like the Indy 500. So, the Pacers take their name from the Indianapolis 500 pace cars. Plus, Indiana also has a rich harness racing history, so the name applies to those pacers as well.