INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in over a decade, many Pacers fans have an NBA title on their mind.
After pushing the eventual-champion Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals in June and adding a few pieces to the bench, Indiana has it’s best shot since the Reggie Miller-era to bring home a championship for the first time in franchise history.
Even the NBA believes that now, showing so in their revealing of the schedule for the 2013-2014 NBA season.
The Pacers will be among the six teams featured on the league’s opening night as they will face the Orlando Magic at 7 P.M. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That game will feature the return of former Indiana star Victor Oladipo, who was selected second overall in this June’s NBA Draft.
Futher indication of the Pacers’ growing popularity in the league is their 17 nationally televised games they will have during the 2013-2014 season. The team, however, was not selected to play one of the traditional Christmas Day contests.
Dates of interest in the schedule include the return of the Heat to Indianapolis on December 10th and March 26th. Derrick Rose and the Bulls will come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6th and March 21st while the Knicks will make just one appearance in Indianapolis January 16th in a nationally televised game on TNT. Western Conference home games of interest include the Lakers (February 25th), Spurs (March 31st) and the Thunder (April 13th).
Key Eastern Conference road games include a nationally televised game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 20th and in Miami on March 26th.