Breakdown of the Pacers’ schedule

Pacers basketball is just two months away. They’ll open the regular season Oct. 17 at home against the Memphis Grizzlies. Two of their first three games are at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and then they are on the road for five of their next six games.

Second-year President Kevin Pritchard will have nearly everyone back up top from last year’s team that went 48-34, including the coaching staff and the top six contributors.They added point guard Aaron Holiday in the draft and Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott, and Kyle O’Quinn in free agency.

The biggest NBA news over the last 45 days is that LeBron James left the Eastern Conference for the first time of his career. It’s a conference that he has dominated, reaching the NBA Finals every year since 2011. That opens the door for a new team to step through, which we expect to be the Boston Celtics.

After that, the East appears to be wide open. The Pacers? Raptors? 76ers? Surprise team?

And that’s where the Pacers, led by All-NBA guard Victor Oladipo, hope to pick up where they left off. The majority of their players are in contract years, so they have something personal on the line. Officially, at this moment, Oladipo, McDermott, and Holiday are the only three players under contract for the 2019-20 season.

Here’s my annual breakdown of the Pacers’ schedule:

Back-to-Backs: 14

Like last season, the Pacers will play on back-to-back nights 14 times, just above the league average this season of 13.3.

Previous Years:

2017-18: 14
2015-16: 17
2014:15: 17

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