Paul George is back in action for the Indiana Pacers, and his return couldn’t have come at a better time. Although many had written off the squad, assuming the superstar would miss the entire 2014-2015 season. The team is now within reach of the East’s final playoff berth.
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The Pacers (40-34-3 ATS) are a game behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They were a reasonable bet to contend for the final spot even without George. Having beaten the point spread against several conference rivals, including the Cleveland Cavaliers late last month, the team has proven that they’re capable of defying expectations.
While many will argue that teams like the Pacers and Celtics are merely fighting for a chance to lose to the No. 1 Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, it’s worth noting that Indiana is a veteran team that’s won five playoff series in the past three seasons. That makes their 200/1 odds in the futures market all the more intriguing.
This week the Pacers will hit the road against the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons. Get a good long look at what they’re capable of before it’s time to pick your playoff dark horses.