The Indiana Pacers will open the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Wednesday, Oct. 17, against the Memphis Grizzlies, it was announced Friday.
Last season, the Pacers were one of the biggest surprises in the NBA with a 48-34 record and a No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference while taking Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland to seven games in a closely-contested first-round playoff series. Led by NBA All-Star and the NBA’s Most Improved Player, Victor Oladipo, the Pacers return the bulk of that team which includes Myles Turner, Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Domantas Sabonis and Cory Joseph. The Pacers also signed free agents Doug McDermott, Tyreke Evans and Kyle O’Quinn to add to their deep roster, as well as rookies Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson (23rd and 50th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft).
That nucleus, along with last year’s results, has led to the Pacers having 12 national television games (one ABC, three TNT, eight ESPN), up from just one national television appearance last season.