The Pacers had a tough time in the playoffs this year, going 0-4 against the Celtics. However, a stellar performance from Victor Oladipo in the last game shows the Pacers could come back next season. Want to bet on the Pacers? Read on for Pacers odds, tips, and predictions. And check out the full breakdown of Indiana sports betting.
2018-2019 Indiana Pacers Roster
Indiana Pacers betting is a little complicated this year. Yes, they managed an incredible run last season, but they aren’t a consistent team. Furthermore, the Indiana Pacers roster has only six players who’ve signed permanent contracts for the 2019-2020 season. This makes it difficult to predict a lasting effect on the team. Likewise, it won’t be easy to bet on the Pacers. Of the six players, only four are rotational players.
The good news is that these four players are really good. They contribute significantly towards a strong start for the Indiana Pacers next season. Let’s dig into these stars: Victor Oladipo; Bojan Bogdanovic; Doug McDermott; and Aaron Holiday.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a star-driven league. All 30 competing teams need a star player in order to succeed and be able to bask in the vital postseason wins. And with the Indiana Pacers, their main star is Victor Oladipo. They’ve surrounded him with well-fitting role players to strengthen the team. These other four players include Bojan Bogdanovic; Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday.
The MVP-All Star player might have been out with a knee injury, which he is recuperating well from, but he promises to bring back all the action with him this season. In a recent interview with Scott Agness of The Athletic, Victor said he looks forward to giving all his best to see that the team gives a better performance than what they exhibited the previous season, so it’s undeniable that punters fancying to Bet on the Pacers will have something to look forward to.
The lack of a second star to play alongside Oladipo was one of the reasons why Indiana Pacers didn’t progress beyond the point they reached. While they have some experienced veterans – Darren Collison, Evans, etc. – the player who will perhaps become the legitimate No. 2 in the Indiana Pacers roster is Bojan Bogdanovic. He is a player with the capability of drilling a three on one end and blocking a shot on one end.
Bojan’s 5th season at the NBA was what many would refer to as a career year. And this gradual growth to Bogey’s MBA career happened at the Pacers. After being a reserve player with Washington or Brooklyn, to become a regular for Indiana Pacers, Bojan has flourished in the past season, even after he tasked with all important role of scoring. And as the Pacers head into a crucial season, the management is keen on giving him even a bigger role.
You don’t get nicknamed ‘McBuckets’ without proving you knock down shots. McDermott’s critical role in the Indiana Pacers squad solely lies in his ability to score 3-pointers.
McDermott isn’t a strong defender, though he gives an honest effort to become one. In fact, he does a good job of staying in front of his man. But the Indiana Pacers didn’t sign him to play defense. The team signed him to shoot, score, and provide forward support. Truly, McDermott fills this role perfectly. Also, we believe this coming season he will play to the fullest.
Aaron is one of three Holiday brothers playing in the NBA. He’s the second born, following Jrue Holiday, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. The youngest of the three is Justin Holiday on the Memphis Grizzlies. And at 6’1″, he happens to be the shortest of the three. This, however, doesn’t mean his potential is any more limited.
On the contrary, he’s a crucial player on the Pacers. Furthermore, this is especially true after Victor Oladipo was sidelined for eight games due to a knee injury. Oladipo’s injury provided the middle Holiday an opportunity to prove himself. And between November and December, he managed to play 19 games in total.
In the 19 games that he has played for at least 14 minutes, Aaron Holiday has managed to score double figures in 14. Furthermore, the team hasn’t been on the losing end of too many blowouts in 2019, so it awesome to see that Holiday is pitching in when his team is winning.
Tabulating the numbers as a potential starter into perspective, Aaron averages 17 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per 36 minutes. This is roughly six more points every game than what current starter Collison brings into the team.
Therefore, despite only being able to play 45 games this year, Aaron Holiday has already proven to be very productive for the Pacers. And this statistics indicate just how valuable he will be in the upcoming season.
Indiana Pacers Game 1 Predictions
As the Eastern Conference opening playoff game comes to you straight from the Hoosier State at the parquet floor, fourth seeded Boston Celtics will be traveling to face off fifth seeded Indiana Pacers. And we look to give you what we believe will be the best Indiana Pacers Betting options.
Indiana Pacers Odds vs Boston Celtics
If the Indiana Pacers were at 100% and Victor Oladipo was featured in the lineup, we would expect a much hotter contested first round. However, without him, the Indiana Pacers have lost their stride, losing on average 20 points on the home court.
And with Oladipo out, it’s expected the responsibility to be shared out among the players, with Bojan Bogdanovic leading the pack in points, McBuckets leading in rebounds and Aaron Holiday leading in the assists sector. Therefore, we can see a one, perhaps two close games in the match but Celtics to start strong and not lose points, and the Pacers Odds seem to support this significantly.
Indiana Pacers and Celtics have had an impressive defense the whole season. This is evident with the Pacers being listed in the top 3 best defensive teams. The only problem is that their defense against hasn’t been the best, especially when playing against Celtics. This seems to repeat itself this season and for that, the prediction for this would be over 209 Total Points @110. This is implied probability of 47.6%.
Bet on the Pacers Online
Indian online sports betting has officially been legalized, joining nine other states to offer online sports betting services. However, it won’t be until September 1 2019 when residents of the Hoosier State will be able to place their bet online – at least when there are bookmakers to offer these services. Expected players include the following.
Caesars Sportsbook is poised to become one of the key players for Indiana sports betting. The company is already well established in several states where online casino and sports betting is legalized and they are undoubtedly preparing a move for the Indiana market. What can we expect from this bookmaker?
- Plenty of markets and sporting events to pick from
- Indiana friendly payment options
- Round the clock customer support services
- Mobile betting services
DraftKings is the largest United States fantasy sports betting website. They already have a strong fan base in the nine states where sports betting is legal, especially in New Jersey where they boast more than 1,000,000 active members. The website was created under a strong partnership with Kambi and we expect them to offer great odds to bet on the Pacers in Indiana.
- An easy-to-use website
- Several markets on more than 20 sporting events
- A fully functional fantasy football platform to accompany the bookmaker
Indiana’s Hollywood Casino is located at 777 Hollywood Blvd in Lawrenceburg. And even though they don’t offer sports betting just yet, the casino services are quite a thing.
There are plenty of games to pick from, exemplary customer support services not forgetting to mention very fair bet limits. Furthermore, there’s a sports bar where you can always watch the Pacers live. Likewise, once Hollywood Casino opens a sportsbook (like they did in PA), look to bet on the Pacers while watching.
- A variety of markets
- Lucrative odds
- Same quality of service delivery