Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball Betting Guide

One of the most consistent franchises in league history, the Indiana Pacers’ nickname was inspired by the state’s history with harness racing and the Indianapolis 500.

The Pacers have won three championships in their history but all three happened before the ABA-NBA merger.

What are the odds the Pacers bring home another championship in the 2019/2020 season? Check our full guide to betting on the Pacers this season at legal sportsbooks in Indiana.

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Now that sports betting is fully legal in the state of Indiana, there are a couple of options if you want to bet on Pacers games. One, of course, is to bet in a retail sportsbook inside a casino. The other option is to bet at an online sportsbook in Indiana, which is pretty convenient since you can do it from anywhere, anytime.

With a registered account at an online sportsbook, you can bet on the Pacers (or any team/sport) all season, 24/7, from anywhere inside the state of Indiana. If you have a smartphone, laptop or desktop with internet access, you can make a bet at any hour of the day as long you’re physically within the state borders of Indiana.

Online sportsbooks and sports betting apps already live in Indiana include:

Indiana Pacers Betting Odds 2019/2020

Indiana plays in the Central Division in the association’s Eastern Conference. The Pacers division includes:

  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Milwaukee Bucks

Indiana has a number of historic rivalries including most importantly with the Pistons, which included the memorable “Malice at the Palace” brawl between the two teams back in 2004. The Pacers also have rivalries with the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.

Central Division champions

  • 2018-19: Milwaukee Bucks (60-22)
  • 2017-18: Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)
  • 2016-17: Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31)
  • 2015-16: Cleveland Cavaliers (57-25)
  • 2014-15: Cleveland Cavaliers (53-29)

Pre-Season Odds to win Central Division in 2019-20

  • Milwaukee Bucks -1200
  • Indiana Pacers +700
  • Detroit Pistons +3300
  • Chicago Bulls +6000
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +10000

The Pacers will welcome back Victor Oladipo with open arms this season with the hope that he can lead them back to the playoffs. In fact, Indiana looks like a team that could actually make it past the first round if they live up to expectations.

The Pacers might not be considered championship contenders ahead of the season but they will certainly be better when Oladipo returns to the lineup from his torn quad. Exactly when that’ll be is still up in the air, though.

In addition to Oladipo’s return, Indiana brought in some new faces and locked up talented former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon after the Milwaukee Bucks simply couldn’t afford to bring him back.

The Pacers are hoping that Brogdon and a healthy Oladipo can help them get back to where they want to be. Indiana wasn’t the busiest team in the offseason but they have improved on paper with other key additions including:

  • TJ Warren (from the Pheonix Suns)
  • Jeremy Lamb (from the Charlotte Hornets
  • TJ McConnell (from the Philadelphia 76ers)

Rookie Goga Bitadze is also an intriguing piece that adds to their center depth.

The key for the Pacers heading in to this season will be to make sure that they continue to establish some continuity and a winning culture despite losing four of five starters. Indiana doesn’t have an elite talent like a Giannis Antetokounmpo or a Joel Embiid and will miss the steady veterans Thad Young, Cory Joseph and Darren Collison.

Replacing the all-around contributions of Bojan Bogdanovic will also be big. Nevertheless, there are enough pieces on this roster that they should be able to contend for a playoff spot and maybe even more.

The best-case scenario for this group might very well be as high as 50 wins, while the worst-case scenario would probably feature more injuries and fewer victories.

If you’re thinking about betting on the Pacers (or jbasketball in general) this is a great place to help get you started. Check our full NBA Betting Guide here:

2019 Indiana Pacers Futures

  • Odds To Win Central Division: +700
  • Odds To Win Eastern Conference: +1200
  • Odds To Win NBA Championship: +4500
  • Regular Season Win Total: 47.5 Wins

Pacers 2019 games of note

vs Detroit Pistons – Wednesday, October 23rd

The Pacers will start their season against the Detroit Pistons, who snuck into the playoffs at 41-41 last season. They’ll actually face the Pistons in two of their first three games of the season as they’ll visit Detroit the following Monday.

vs Milwaukee Bucks – Saturday, November 15th

The Pacers are looking to close the gap between themselves and the Milwaukee Bucks, who not only won the division last season but finished with the most wins in the Eastern Conference. This will be an early test to see how they measure up.

vs Utah Jazz – Monday, November 27th

The Pacers will see a familiar face when they host the Jazz as Bojan Bogdanovic returns with his new team. Bogdanovic averaged a career-high 18.0 points per game with the Pacers last season before signing with Utah.

vs Toronto Raptors – Monday, December 23rd

The Pacers will host the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors in their final game before the Christmas break. The Raptors won the championship last season with the help of Kawhi Leonard but are expected to be much worse now that he’s signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

vs Philadelphia 76ers – Tuesday, December 31st

The Pacers will take on the 76ers on New Year’s Eve in what could very well be a playoff series preview. The 76ers are viewed as one of the favorites to win the East along with the Bucks.

Indiana Pacers betting lines

Once you’re ready to bet on the Pacers, it really comes down to choosing which kind of wager suits you best. Here’s a look at the three easiest NBA betting options for beginners:

Pacers Point spread

Sportsbooks will list a point spread for each NBA matchup. The point spread is essentially a specific margin of victory that the teams must “cover” in order to win. Here is a look at what a point spread for an NBA game might look like:

  • Sacramento Kings +4.5
  • Indiana Pacers -4.5

In this example, the Pacers are listed as the sports betting favorite as indicated by the “-“ sign that sits next to the point spread margin. To cover the spread, Indiana must win by five points or more for your point spread bet to pay out.

Meanwhile, Sacramento is the sports betting underdog in this situation, which we know because of the “+” symbol listed next to them. This means the Kings can cover the spread if they win outright or lose by four points or less.

The majority of point spreads are listed at -110 odds, although the lines could vary across the board. If a team is listed at -110 on the point spread, that means you would have to risk $110 in order to win and extra $100 betting on them.

Pacers Moneyline

The money line is another type of wager that sportsbooks will list for each NBA game. Betting the money line is as simple as picking an outright winner. Here is a look at what a money line might look like for a Pacers game:

  • Sacramento Kings +300
  • Indiana Pacers -330

As is the case with the point spread, the odds are listed with the favorites identified using the “-“ symbol and the underdog is identified using the “+” symbol. In this example, the Pacers are the betting favorites at -330 odds.

If you bet on Indiana, you would need to risk $330 to win $100. Meanwhile, since the Kings are a +300 underdog, you could risk $100 to win $300 (on top of your original bet returned to you) if they somehow managed to win straight up.

Moneyline odds could vary a lot more than the point spread odds in most cases. Keep that in mind when deciding what type of wager to place.

Pacers Totals (Over-Under)

Betting sites will also feature totals for NBA games. A totals bet is a wager in which you bet on whether the final combined score will total more or less than the number set by the legal sports betting sites. Here’ss a look at what the total might look like for a Pacers game:

  • Sacramento Kings @ Indiana Pacers
  • Total: 189.5

What we know in this example is that the line set for this game is at 189.5. This means that if the teams combine to score 190 points or more, the “OVER” is the winning bet. If the teams combine to score 189 points or fewer it’s a losing bet.

As is the case with the point spread, the majority of totals have -110 odds. This means that you would need to risk $110 to win $100 betting on a total. Once again, these odds could vary from matchup to matchup.

Most popular NBA bets

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 bet types at a glance:

  • Point Spread – The point spread is a wager in which you bet on teams to cover a projected margin of victory.
  • Moneyline – The money line is any wager in which you put money down picking an outright winner.
  • Total – The totals bet is essentially a chance to pick whether the final score for a game will be “OVER” or “UNDER” a specific total. If the teams combine to score more points than the number listed by the sportsbook, then the “OVER” hits. If the teams combine to score less points than the total listed, then the “UNDER” hits.
  • Futures – The futures wager is any type of bet in which the outcome will not be known for an extended amount of time. These types of wagers could include anything from betting on Indiana to win an NBA championship to odds to win a division or regular season win totals. It takes a while for futures odds to be finalized. However, if you are willing to wait it out the potential is there to make some serious money betting NBA futures.
  • Parlay – The parlay is any type of wager ticket that features two or more of the bet types listed in this column at the same time. Whether it’s a point spread and a money line bet on the same ticket, or a money line wager and a total on the same parlay, every team listed on these tickets must win in order for the parlay to be considered a winner. If even one team on the ticket loses, then the entire parlay is considered a loser.
  • Props – There are prop bets that focus on individual performances and prop bets that focus on team performances. An example of an individual performance prop bet would be betting on the number of points a player will score in a game. An example of a team performance prop bet would be putting money down on how many three-point shots a team scores in a game. Prop bets are an excellent tool for those looking to bet on a game without actually caring about which side wins outright or how many points the teams combine to score in any given contest.

Indiana Pacers last 5 seasons

2018-19: 48-34; Lost in 1st round of playoffs

– Indiana finished fifth in the Eastern Conference standings in 2018-19, only to get bounced from the postseason in the first round for the fourth season in a row. A big part of the problem is that the Pacers lost star Victor Oladipo for the season to a knee injury suffered in January. Before that, Indiana looked like a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. In addition to being bounced in the opening playoff round, it also marked the second time in three years that the Pacers were swept in their first round series.

2017-18: 48-34; Lost in 1st round of playoffs

-The 2017-18 season marked the first time since 2010 that Indiana didn’t have Paul George in its lineup. Still, the Pacers somehow managed to improve on their 42-win total from the previous year with 48 wins without George. A big part of that success had to do with the arrival of Oladipo, who was a revelation in Indiana. However, just like in the previous and the following season, the Pacers didn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

2016-17: 42-40; Lost in 1st round of playoffs

-The 2016-17 season was the second of four straight one-and-done playoff appearances for Indiana. The Pacers had just made a serious move in the offseason, hiring Nate McMillan to replace Frank Vogel as the team’s new coach. While McMillan managed to lead Indiana to the postseason, a first round series against the defending NBA champion Cavaliers led to their hasty exit from the postseason.

2015-16: 45-37; Lost in 1st round of playoffs

-After missing the playoffs the previous season, the Pacers hit the ground running with a healthy George leading the way for them on the wing. Indiana finished as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference standings with 45 wins. However, in what has turned out to by a sign of things to come, the Pacers didn’t make it through the first round of the playoffs as they were bumped by the Toronto Raptors in a seven-game series.

2014-15: 38-44; Missed the playoffs

-The 2014-15 season was the first time since 2010 that Indiana failed to qualify for the playoffs. The Pacers went 38-44 that season, finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference standings. Considering they had made back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, it was considered a major disappointment when they didn’t qualify for the postseason. However, the fact that the team didn’t have George for nearly the entire year was the most obvious reason why this Indiana side wasn’t good enough to make the postseason.

Indiana Pacers Fast Facts

  • Indiana’s home games are played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; they’ve played there since the venue first opened in 1999.
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse can hold up to 17,923 fans for basketball games.
  • The Pacers won their three championships as members of the ABA in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
  • Indiana earned an NBA Eastern Conference champion banner in 2000 and has nine division titles in total.

In the team’s history they have featured six different Hall of Fame players:

  • Reggie Miller
  • Chris Mullin
  • Alex English
  • Mel Daniels
  • Roger Brown
  • George McGinnis

Indiana betting tip: Avoid overseas betting sites

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.

Indiana Pacers FAQ

Who is the owner of the Indiana Pacers franchise?

The current owner of the Indiana Pacers is Herb Simon. He’s an American real estate developer and is the chairman emeritus of the mall development company Simon Property Group. His estimated net worth is $3.2 billion.

How many times have the Pacers won the NBA Championship?

The Pacers have won three championships but none since the league has become the NBA. The Pacers won the ABA title three times (in 1970, 1972 and 1973), so they are, in fact, a three-time champion, but they’ve never technically won an NBA title. They’ve won their division a total of nine times and won the conference title once.

How many times have the Pacers made the playoffs?

The Pacers have made the NBA playoffs 34 times in their franchise history. Entering the 2019 season, they’ve only missed the playoffs in 17 seasons, so they’ve been fairly competitive in their history.

Who is the current Pacers head coach?

The current Pacers head coach is Nate McMillan. He has previously been the head coach of the Seattle Supersonics as well as the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s led the Pacers to the playoffs in each of the three seasons he’s coached them.

Where do the Pacers play?

The Pacers play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The arena, which was previously known as the Conseco Fieldhouse, was opened in 1999.

Which Indiana Pacers players have been inducted to the Hall of Fame?

The Pacers have sent a total of six players to the Hall of Fame. That includes Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown and George McGinnis. They’ve also sent three coaches to the Hall of Fame, including Jack Ramsay, Larry Brown and Bobby Leonard.

Is it legal to bet on the Pacers?

It’s fully legal to bet on the Pacers in the state of Indiana as long as you’re 21 years of age and are located inside state borders. You don not have to be a resident of Indiana to place a bet there. Other nearby states where it’s also legal to bet on sports (and the Pacers) include West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

How old do you have to be to bet on the Pacers?

You have to be at least 21 years old to bet on the Pacers (or the NBA) in any state.