The Indiana Pacers must feel like their season is falling apart around them as they continue to lose games heading towards the postseason. In a week’s time, the Pacers odds of winning the NBA Championship on Bovada and sportsbooks.com have doubled.
Indiana on the season is 53-25 straight up and 35-42-1 against the spread. During the majority of the season, the Pacers looked to be the NBA’s best team as they started the season 25-5 SU before the start of the New Year.
Indiana at one time was 40-12, but since then has gone 13-13 after being the lone favorite on betonline and topbet to win the NBA Championship.
Since early March, the team is just 7-12 with poor play on both the offensive and defensive ends causing them problems. The pre-All Star break record in offensive efficiency has dropped from 102 points per 100 possessions to just 99. On defense, the same result with their rating climbing to 101 from 93.
The recent struggles the Pacers have encountered has caused online bookmakers such as Bovada to double the championship odds for Indiana from last week’s 3 to 1 to this week’s 6 to 1.
The Pacers’ odds to take the top spot in the Eastern Conference were doubled as well to 2 to 1 from even-money.
Over their past 10 games, the Pacers are 3-7 SU and 1-9 ATS. During the 10 games, the Pacers have lost two at home, where prior to this poor form they were close to unbeatable on their home court.
What is the most alarming is the two losses suffered at home were both blowouts losing 103-77 to San Antonio and 107-88 to Atlanta. Prior to the blowout loss to San Antonio, Indiana’s had won 33 of 37 home games.
From the perspective of the bettor, the doubled price for Indiana could be a pleasant sight. Even going back to the playoffs from last season, Indiana looked like a club that could contend for an NBA Title.
If bettors believe they are just going through a dry spell and can shake it off when the postseason arrives, then the present times has the Pacers at the best value since prices pre and during the early season were much shorter.
However, with the way the team is currently playing, they might not make it out of the first round against Charlotte.
Top 10 to Win 2014 NBA Title
Miami Heat 8 to 5
San Antonio Spurs 5 to 2
Oklahoma City Thunder 3 to 1
Indiana Pacers 6 to 1
Los Angeles Clippers 12 to 1
Houston Rockets 20 to 1
Golden State Warriors 30 to 1
Chicago Bulls 40 to 1
Portland Trail Blazers 40 to 1
Toronto Raptors 40 to 1