|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAAlthough the 42-24 Indiana Pacers were too far behind the Chicago Bulls to go for a division title, the Pacers were able to get the third seed in the East following a strong April where they lost only three games. The Pacers will be looking to win their first title since leaving the ABA for the NBA and will start their run with the 37-29 Orlando Magic, a team that is looking to win its first title in team history.
The series will start on Saturday night. Orlando had a 3-1 advantage over Indiana in their regular season games. Orlando won 107-94 during the last match between these two teams on March 11.
Danny Granger, the Pacers' leading scorer, is expected to be healthy after dealing with a day-to-day knee issue. Granger has 18.7 points per game this year in basketball betting. Center Roy Hibbert has one of the better field goal percentage ratings in the NBA. He is close to getting half his shots in this year. This goes with his 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Pacers also have plenty of bench support. Recent acquisition Leandro Barbosa, George Hill and Tyler Hansbrough are all getting close to ten points per game.
The Orlando Magic has been highly impacted by issues involving center Dwight Howard. Howard, who leads the NBA with 14.5 rebounds per game and a 57.3% field goal percentage, has been rehabbing his back injury during the last few weeks and is not going to travel with the Magic during the playoffs.
Glen Davis is expected to be healthy in time for the series though. Davis, who has played in the center position a few times during Howard's injury, averaged 16.4 points per game in April. J.J. Redick has also been on a run in recent weeks. He had 14.5 points per game and made all but one of his free throw attempts in April.
Indiana and Orlando are both around the bottom in terms of the odds to win the NBA title. Indiana has 30/1 odds while Orlando has 100/1 odds to go all the way.