It’s easy to look past any team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference not named the Miami Heat. Just ask the NBA betting community. That’s just how it goes when the reigning champions are also the franchise with the sport’s incumbent MVP, and the team that went on a 27-game win streak less than two weeks ago.
All the hype surrounding South Beach, however, has allowed the Indiana Pacers to lay low with some of the most intriguing NBA odds available.
With one of the game’s brightest, longest and most defensively gifted young stars leading the show in Paul George, the Pacers have 18-1 odds of winning the NBA championship. Their title bid, however, goes deeper than that.
Joining George both in franchise-defining spirit and the points column is veteran big man David West. The power forward has raised his game in 2012-13 to the point where the Pacers are no longer just a team to look out for on the money line. They’re also an outright championship threat.
This Friday, the Pacers will get the op...