Basketball betting fans don’t expect much improvement from the Pacers this year as they continue to rebuild with one of the youngest rosters in online basketball betting.
Sports-Gambling opened with Indiana as a +15000 long shot to win the NBA title for 2010-11.
Indiana coach Jim O’Brien says that the team is in the third year of a four year plan in which they unload salary amounts that total over $32 million in order to get under the salary cap and in position to add veteran depth in the future.
The Pacers have not made the playoffs in six seasons and are coming off their worst season since 1989. Despite Indiana being a basketball mad state the Pacers were in the bottom four of attendance in the NBA last year averaging over 4,000 empty seats per game.
Forward Danny Granger is the spark of the Pacers. The fifth year pro out of New Mexico led Indiana in scoring last year with 24.1 points per game.
Center Roy Hibbert had a solid rookie season as he averaged 11.7 points and nearly 6 rebounds per game last year. Hibbert was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Georgetown and is expected to continue to develop into a key pro basketball betting asset.
Point guard Darren Collison arrives from New Orleans in a trade where he had a promising basketball sports betting season last year with 12.4 points per game. Collison is known as a solid playmaker. The Pacers were in serious need of a reliable point guard as TJ Ford was very inconsistent in that role last year.
2010 first round draft pick Paul George out of Fresno, a combo guard/forward would also be a key asset if he can develop quickly.
Tyler Hansbrough, a first round pick in 2009 from North Carolina, saw limited action last year due to an inner ear infection and a concussion and is up in the air as far as long term viability for this basketball betting season.
O’Brien and general manager Larry Bird have been given time to get the ship floating in the right direction but much work still needs to be done.