NBA betting punters are thinking back to 1972 as, the last time they started the season 5-0, they won a championship in the ABA.
The Pacers were too strong for the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday evening as they ran out 97-80 winners at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of a capacity packed 18,165 to stretch their unbeaten run at the start of the campaign to five games.
Indiana are the last team in the NBA this season to hold a 100% record, a development that had been predicted by some fans who bet on NBA. They can tie their franchise record of 6-0 which was set in the 1970-1971 campaign if they beat Toronto Raptors on Friday evening.
Up until the fourth quarter there was not much between the two sides but Indiana were able to stretch away by winning the final segment of the game 34-18. Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson all helped the hosts go on a 12 point run in the closing stages.
Forward Paul George top scored with 21 points and six rebounds against the Bulls, while Stephenson contributed with 3-6 three-point field goals. David West was also on form with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Pacers were able to rely on their bench to produce when needed in the fourth quarter. They looked to have the fresher legs on the court than the visitors.
The Bulls did actually start the game well and led going into half-time at 43-37. Derrick Rose and Luoi Deng both chalked 17 points each, while Taj Gibson was next best with 9 points.
Indiana came out on top in quarter three at 26-19 but the real damage was done in the last ten minutes as Chicago were unable to better or even match The Pacers’ scoring.