Indiana Pacers

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Vegas Over/Under: 31.5

The Record Projection: 30-52 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
Spoiler alert: Losing Paul George is a big thing.
According to NBA Math’s total points added (TPA) metric, the haul–if you can call it –brought back in return couldn’t quite match his production throughout the 2016-17 season. Whereas the superstar small forward finished with 150.42 TPA, Victor Oladipo (minus-58.86 TPA) and Domantas Sabonis (minus-159.61) fell just a little short.
Obviously, the Pacers purchased into these kids for their long term potential. They should improve throughout the 2017-18 campaign, and the same is the case of Myles Turner, who is a good bet to become a first-time All-Star during the upcoming season. This roster does have some upside, especially when factoring in Cory Joseph and T.J. Leaf.
But is that sufficient to overcome the departures of both George and C.J. Miles? Probably not, which explains exactly why a steep dropoff ought to be expected after the Pacers somehow surpassed expectations to complete with a 42-40 record lest year.
These players will be studying in featured roles, and losses will occur quite frequently. But that is not a terrible thing. Allow the up-and-comers grow, maximize the capacity of draft picks during the 2018 prospect pageant and reap the benefits in the future.

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