The Indiana Pacers talked a lot on media day about how good they expect to play this season as they chase the Miami Heat as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Apparently, Vegas oddsmakers agree with that assessment.
According to the LVH SuperBook, the Pacers over/under for wins this season is 51.5 games which leaves them tied for second in the Eastern Conference with the Boston Celtics. The two teams are a distant second to the Miami Heat as LeBron James and company are listed with 60.5 wins.
Three teams in the Western Conference have higher projected win totals led by the Oklahoma City Thunder (60.5) then followed closely by the Los Angeles Lakers (59.5) and the San Antonio Spurs (55.5). Pretty nice company for the Pacers.
As for the other contenders in the East, the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers are next in line at 47.5 games followed by the New York Knicks at 45.5. The seventh and eighth spots are split between the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets at 43.5 games. Seems like with all of the hype out of Brooklyn, a 44-win season would be a disappointment.
Obviously, Vegas expects a competitive Eastern Conference playoff race with seven teams listed within eight games of each other. Check out a full list of win totals for each conference after the jump.
2012-13 NBA Eastern Conference Vegas Over/Under Win Totals
2012-13 NBA Western Conference Vegas Over/Under Win Totals