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New-Look Pacers Have Pieces to Contend

When the 2016-17 Indiana Pacers take the floor for the first time, you’ll have to forgive their fans if they don’t recognize some of the faces. The Pacers, who lost to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of last year’s playoffs, experienced a total roster turnover in the offseason. Simply put, team president Larry Bird realized his team was good, but not good enough and acted on it.

Longtime head coach Frank Vogel did not have his contract renewed, George Hill was dealt to Utah shortly before the draft, starting center Ian Mahinmi was allowed to leave in free agency, previous assistant coach Nate McMillan was promoted to head coach, Jeff Teague was acquired via trade, Thaddeus Young came to town in exchange for the No. 20 pick in the draft and veteran big man Al Jefferson departed Charlotte for Indy in free agency. Got all that?

Superstar Paul George is still there, and that’s a very good thing for Pacers backers. George put the team on his back against the Raptors and did absolutely everything he could in the losing effort.

So what are oddsmakers expecting of the Pacers this year? Here’s a look at their futures odds at [custom:bodog]:

NBA championship odds +6600

The Pacers have the 10th-best chances to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy, tied with Minnesota and Memphis. Indiana made back-to-back appearances in the conference finals in 2012 and 2013 before bowing out to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat both times. The reloaded Pacers could surprise and get back there this year, but an NBA championship is a bit far-fetched.

Eastern Conference odds +2800

Sportsbooks are giving Indiana the sixth-best odds to win the Eastern Conference, but I think this team is better than that. While the Cavaliers, Celtics and Raptors will likely claim the first, second and third spots in the East, the Pacers are a better team on paper than the Bulls, Hawks and Knicks who are before them on this list. Obviously the games aren’t played on paper, but Indiana deserves a better position here.

Central Division odds +1200

Indy enjoyed a pair of Central Division titles in 2012 and 2013, but that was before King James returned to Northeast Ohio. Now that Bron Bron is back in Cleveland, the Pacers’ chances of reclaiming the Central are long. They’re better than the Bulls, Pistons and Bucks, but it’s never a good idea to bet against LeBron. This is a stay-away for me.

OVER/UNDER win total 44.5

This is an intriguing number for hoops bettors. Last year, Indiana went 45-37 in the regular season and it felt like the team overachieved a bit. George was the main reason for that, as the talent surrounding him failed to keep up at times. Now that Bird has given his club a facelift, I can’t foresee the Pacers getting fewer than 44 wins in 2016-17. I’m on the OVER.

2016-17 Indiana Pacers Futures Odds
MarketOdds
NBA Finals+6600
Eastern Conference+2800
Central Division+1200
Win Totals44.5

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