NBA Betting – 2010-2011 Indiana Pacers Preview

November 30, 2010 NBA Basketball

The Indiana Pacers are a young team that is likely to struggle against the NBA betting odds this season.

The Pacers only have one proven scorer in Danny Granger so on most nights they are going to have to hope they get enough support from other players to be competitive.  The Pacers still may be worth an NBA bet at times though since they will be underdogs on a regular basis.

Odds to Win the NBA Title at Sbgglobal 150-1
The Pacers are not going to win the NBA title this season. Those odds of 150-1 may as well be a million to one.  The Pacers simply don’t have enough talent to compete on a nightly basis in the NBA. They can still cover the spread though and that is what matters when you make an NBA bet.

Last Year’s Record 32-50 SU, 40-41-2 ATS
The Pacers only won 32 games last season and it may not get much better this year. They were about .500 against the point spread last season. That number may go up simply because they are undervalued.

Projected Starting Lineup
Guard – Darren Collison
Guard – Brandon Rush
Center – Roy Hibbert
Forward – Danny Granger
Forward – Tyler Hansbrough

The Pacers added Darren Collison in the off-season and he should help them win a few more games this year.  The Pacers needed someone to run the floor and Collison can do that. He backed up Chris Paul in New Orleans and then started when Paul got hurt.  He averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists in 76 games last year.  Collison might take some of the pressure off of Granger. Last season it was Granger doing everything for Indiana.  The problem for the Pacers is that Granger and Collison are it.  Hansbrough is a hard worker but he doesn’t score much. Hibbert is a defensive player who can’t score while Rush is inconsistent. The Pacers can bring Mike Dunleavy Jr. off the bench and perhaps he can do something to earn his salary. The Pacers took Paul George in the NBA Draft and he looks like a huge reach since he probably isn’t going to see much playing time since he plays the same position as Granger.  The Pacers are not going to be a playoff team this season but they have Granger and now they have Collison so they can be competitive in NBA betting on some nights.

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