3. Where do you see the Pacers finishing up this half?
The last couple weeks before the All Star break are very important to the Pacers. Scheduling is not kind to the Pacers for the foreseeable future. They are finishing up a very difficult road trip, and come home to a gauntlet of talented opponents. Of the Pacers’ 10 games remaining before the All Star break, six of them are against teams currently in playoff position. The Pacers could make up serious ground on the conference leaders, but could also slide out of striking distance. At 26-17 the Pacers are sitting pretty, and I think heading into the break at 32-21 would be as much as anyone can reasonably expect.
The Pacers currently sit at 26-17 as of January 25, and with a favorable February schedule and the return of Granger to an already impressive lineup, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pacers finish anywhere from first place to third place in the East. However, it’s difficult to foresee the Miami Heat not landing the top seed in the East heading into the playoffs. I expect George, David West and the supporting cast to continue its recent success and likely finish anywhere within the range of 52-56 wins.
Ideally, this team should finish up with the Central Division in their hands. Getting that would be great because it would mean they’re in the top half of the Eastern Conference, and they’ll be able to get some home court loving. With as good as they’ve been at home, that’s so important. I see them winning the division and right there at 2 or 3 in the Conference. That would be the ideal finish and should be the expected finish for the Pacers.