By Evan Sidery | | 7 mins
Indiana Pacers Odds, Futures & Betting Predictions to Back
The 2021-22 season is a make-or-break campaign for the Indiana Pacers. At this point, it feels like Indiana is stuck in mud when it comes to truly competing in the Eastern Conference. Although on paper they have a strong roster, they have a lot of B-caliber players.
They have no true star who could elevate the organization to new heights. The Pacers admitted their mistake after firing Nate Bjorkgren after one season as head coach, which led to a reunion with Rick Carlisle. After more than a decade away from the Pacers, Carlisle is back to help hopefully propel the Pacers into a team who could make a playoff run this season.
If the Pacers are unable to make real progress, they stand out as the one team poised for huge changes next offseason. Myles Turner has continuously floated in trade rumors for years, as his fit alongside Domantas Sabonis is clunky with two jumbo-sized bigs sharing the frontcourt. Malcolm Brogdon has also recently been involved in trade talks due to a very tradable contract.
T.J. Warren is entering the final year of his contract too. Indiana is very close to blowing up their current roster construction, so a lot is on the line for them this season.
Pacers Win-Total Betting
Indiana was hit hard with injuries last season, which forced them to fall below their win-total projection in 2020-21 as well. Already, the Pacers are experiencing the same problem again as Caris LeVert is sidelined at the beginning of training camp with a stress fracture in his lower back. With so many questions surrounding Indiana’s overall health, plus they could be sellers at this year’s trade deadline, a 42.5 over-under projection is a risky bet to make on betting apps.
The Bet: Indiana feels like a team poised to underachieve, even with the coaching upgrade to Carlisle. I would lean towards hitting the under on here, but I waffled back-and-forth on this one for a while. If Indiana blows it up mid-season, they will hit the under comfortably in NBA betting projections.
Pacers Central Division Odds
Projected to finish third in the Central Division behind the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls, Indiana is on the outside looking in to truly compete with those two teams. In terms of NBA futures, Indiana not winning the division is as solid as it gets.
The Bet: It would take a true miracle for the Pacers to win the Central Division.
Pacers Eastern Conference Odds
NBA betting odds on the Pacers are understandably low. Long gone are the years where Indiana would be in the Eastern Conference Finals competing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat. Now, the Pacers struggle to even make the playoffs. Indiana slides in tied with the New York Knicks for the eighth-best odds to win the East.
The Bet: Indiana will not be a real threat to win the Eastern Conference, let alone even make it out of the first round of the playoffs. This is an easy one when making NBA picks.
Pacers NBA Title Odds
Indiana hasn’t made the NBA Finals since they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000. Tied for the 17th-best odds this year alongside the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, and Toronto Raptors, Indiana falls into the same category as a team on the playoff bubble. They’re not a true threat to make a shocking title push.
The Bet: The Pacers are coming nowhere close to winning the 2021-22 NBA Finals. An easy pass on these sports betting odds.
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Best Pacers Player Prop Bets
The Line: Myles Turner, NBA Defensive Player of the Year,
This is a very intriguing prop bet, especially with how negative I’ve been so far on Indiana’s season outlook. Myles Turner is one of the best rim protectors in the NBA, and he led the league in blocks per game last season. Turner only played half the season due to a lingering toe injury, which saw him fall out of the Defensive Player of the Year discussion. With Turner now fully healthy, he should once again be an underrated option to be in the DPOY race. Turner ranks fifth in NBA odds behind Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bet: Turner at +850 odds to win Defensive Player of the Year is a worthy flier to take. If Turner leads the league in blocks, plus the Pacers make the playoffs, he should at least be a strong finalist for the award.