NBA Playoff Odds: Pacers Play Favorites Against Magic

Apr 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers Pacemate does a dance routine during a game against the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Detroit 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

It's pretty far fetched to think just how far this Pacers team has come. Just imagine them being in the position they're in today this time last year, as they prepared to tip against the Chicago Bulls. Imagine them as the third seed in the Eastern Conference, and heavy 1/9 favorites to advance against the Orlando Magic. It seems pretty surreal, doesn't it?

But the folks at Bovada are giving the Pacers the somewhat surrealistic 1/9 odds in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the third best in the first round, helping create potential for the Pacers that hasn't been seen in nearly a decade. So what kind of odds do the Pacers have beyond this round, possibly in regards to battling the Utah Jazz for the right to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy? Take a look after the jump:

Odds to win 2012 NBA Championship

Miami Heat 11/5
Chicago Bulls 7/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 15/4
San Antonio Spurs 9/2
Los Angeles Lakers 14/1
Boston Celtics 20/1
Memphis Grizzlies 22/1
Los Angeles Clippers 28/1
Indiana Pacers 30/1
New York Knicks 30/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
Atlanta Hawks 60/1
Denver Nuggets 75/1
Orlando Magic 100/1
Philadelphia 76ers 100/1
Utah Jazz 150/1

Odds to win 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Championship

Miami Heat 4/5

Chicago Bulls 8/5

Boston Celtics 10/1

Indiana Pacers 16/1

New York Knicks 18/1

Atlanta Hawks 35/1

Orlando Magic 60/1

Philadelphia 76ers 50/1


Exact Matchup

Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs 50/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 33/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers 125/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Clippers 250/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies 175/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets 600/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks 275/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz 1000/1

In addition, there are a number of series specifics bets and player prop bets.

Exact Series Result

Indiana Pacers 4-0 9/2

Indiana Pacers 4-1 11/10

Indiana Pacers 4-2 9/2

Indiana Pacers 4-3 13/4

Orlando Magic 4-0 100/1

Orlando Magic 4-1 75/1

Orlando Magic 4-2 14/1

Orlando Magic 4-3 25/1


Total Games in Series

4 17/4

5 5/4

6 3/1

7 11/4


Where will the Series be Decided?

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis 20/33 (+135)

Amway Center, Orlando 27/20 (-165)


Player Props

Average First Round Points Per Game Over/Under
Danny Granger 19.5
Roy Hibbert 13
David West 13
Ryan Anderson 16
Jameer Nelson 14
J.J. Redick 13.5
Jason Richardson 13

Average First Round Rebounds Per Game Over/Under
Roy Hibbert 8.5

It's always nice to get good favor from the bookkeepers, but at the end of the day, the Pacers still need to go to work and win the series, but if they play as expected, it should be a fun series for a Pacers team favored to win.

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