A New Season:
Wednesday night is an important and exciting night for the new look Indiana Pacers as they are set to host the Brooklyn Nets to kick off the 2017-18 season.
Long gone is Paul George and several other key members from the 2016 Pacers, and now this team is led by young big man Myles Turner and wing, and former Indiana Hoosier, Victor Oladipo after the mid summer trade which sent Paul to Oklahoma City.
The new look Indiana Pacers may not be as talented as in the past, you never are after losing an All Star caliber player and star in the NBA, however they almost look to be a more complete and gritty unit that can still compete for a playoff position.
The team, and Myles Turner in particular, have talked at great length about the team’s chemistry that they have developed this offseason. Hopefully that translates on to the court.
Fans are excited to see a team play hard after last season the Pacers displayed an ability to simply not show up on some nights, and not show any interest in rebounding and defense.
The Brooklyn Nets are also a revamped group, no longer led by center Brooke Lopez after a trade sent him and a pick to L.A. for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. This team is young and more athletic than in the past, and Deangelo Russell is a proven scorer in the league, last year averaging 14 points and 4 assists.
Demarre Carrol is one of the best defenders in the league, playing with the Raptors the past few seasons, last year averaging 9 points per game.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the player perhaps the Nets are most excited about, believing he has made major strides in the offeseason. He improved in nearly every statistical category in the preseason, and the team believes he will carry that over into the regular season.
The Nets will run out 4 versatile players to go alongside with Timofey Mozgov.
It will be interesting to see the dynamic between Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell as both players tend to be more ball dominant in order to get involved in the offense. Russell will get the nod at the 2, he is a much better shooter than Lin, as Lin is more of a slasher.
The Indiana Pacers should be a superior team tonight, yet they are only 3 point favorites. I believe that the Pacers have an advantage defensively, the bench should be better, and Myles Turner is the best player on the court. Look for the Pacers to spread the floor and for Myles Turner to drag Mozgov outside, allowing him to either shoot or take advantage of his athleticism in going to the rim.
I like the Pacers to win 105-99.
Myles Turner with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks.
Oladipo with 20 points and 3 steals.