The Indiana Pacers enter the 2022-23 NBA season with low expectations. They finished 25-57 in 2021-22, losing their last 10 games. They picked No. 6 in the 2022 NBA draft, selecting winger Bennedict Mathurin from Arizona.
Indiana also traded guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics in the offseason for several players, some of whom were released. Their core includes Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Chris Duarte in the backcourt, and Myles Turner and Jalen Smith in the frontcourt. Here’s what you need to know about the schedule:
The Pacers get a national television appearance
The Indiana Pacers aren’t one of the best tickets in the NBA. They are also not expected to be a big draw on national television, according to the schedule released Wednesday.
The Pacers will only appear on ESPN once during the regular season — Oct. 28 in Washington (7:30 p.m. ET), in Game 6 of the season. Two games (October 31 in Brooklyn, March 24 in Boston) will be broadcast on NBA TV.
Indiana did not air a game on national television last season – its Dec. 21 game against Miami was scheduled to air on TNT, but was replaced. It is, of course, difficult to argue that the Pacers should enjoy greater national exposure, unlike in previous seasons.
Pacers fans may have trouble watching the games on TV again this season. The ongoing dispute with Bally Sports leaves many fans in the dark. Fans will be able to pay $19.99 per month (or $189.99 per year) to stream games.
When do NBA stars come to Gainbridge Fieldhouse?
Some of the NBA’s biggest stars will come to Gainbridge Fieldhouse this season when teams visit the Pacers. Here’s when you can see players like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo:
Stephen Curry: Golden State visits the Pacers on Dec. 14. Curry averaged 25.5 points per game last season as the Warriors won the NBA championship.
Nikola Jokic: Two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will travel to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 9.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Antetokounmpo, who won NBA MVP awards in 2019 and 20, will visit the Pacers with the Milwaukee Bucks on January 27 and March 29.
Kevin Durant: Durant and the Brooklyn Nets will visit Indiana on November 25 and December 10. Durant is a 12-time NBA All-Star and four-time scoring champion. That’s assuming, of course, that Durant isn’t traded before then.
Sion Williamson: Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans visit Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 7. This assumes, of course, that Williamson is uninjured.
Luka Doncic: Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks arrive in Indianapolis on March 27. He averaged 28.4 points per game last season.
LeBron James: The Lakers — and their cornerstone who just agreed to a two-year contract extension worth nearly $100 million — visit the Pacers on Feb. 2. The last time James came to Gainbridge Fieldhouse, he burst out for late heroics and had a few Pacers fans ejected. .
When will Victor Oladipo and Paul George play the Pacers?
It’s always a sight when former Pacers players return to Indiana with their new teams. There are often boos – and sometimes dramas. This is where some of the team’s former stars pay a return visit.
Paul George: George and the Los Angeles Clippers visit Indiana on New Year’s Eve. In seven games against Indiana, George is averaging 25.9 points.
Victor Oladipo: Oladipo was inactive in three games between Miami and Indiana last season and did not play in Miami’s game against Indiana in 2021. Earlier this month he caused drama with fans on Twitter, claiming that “the players may not always be the problem” when talking about those who left Indiana. Miami arrives at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 4 and December 12.
Domantas Sabonis: Sabonis was traded from Indiana in February after five seasons with the Pacers. He was inactive when the Kings visited the Pacers in March. Indiana hosts Sabonis and the Kings on Feb. 3.
The 2022-23 Indiana Pacers schedule, with date, day of the week, game location, opponent, start time (ET). Games are on Bally Sports Indiana and 93.5 FM and 107.5 FM in Indianapolis
October 19Wednesday, vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
21st of OctoberFriday, vs. San Antonio, 7 p.m.
October 22Saturday, c. Detroit, 7 p.m.
October 24Monday, in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
October 26Wednesday, in Chicago, 8 p.m.
October 28Friday, in Washington, 7:30 p.m. (also ESPN)
October 29Saturday, in Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
October 31Monday, in Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (also NBA TV)
November 4Friday, vs. Miami, 7 p.m.
November 7Monday, vs. New Orleans, 7:45 p.m.
November 9Wednesday vs. Denver, 7 p.m.
November 12Saturday, c. Toronto, 7 p.m.
November 16Wed., Charlotte, 7 p.m.
November 18Friday, in Houston, 8 p.m.
November 19Saturday, vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.
21 NovemberMonday, vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.
November 23Wednesday, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
November 25Friday, vs. Brooklyn, 8 p.m.
November 27Sunday, at LA Clippers, 4 p.m.
November 28Monday, at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
November 30Wednesday, in Sacramento, 10 p.m.
December 2Friday, at Utah, 9 p.m.
December 4Sunday, Portland, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
December 5Monday, at Golden State, 10 p.m.
December 7Wednesday, Minnesota, 8 p.m.
December 9Friday, vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
December 10Saturday vs. Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
December 12Monday, vs. Miami, 7 p.m.
December 14Wednesday, vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.
December 16Friday, in Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
December 18Sunday, in New York, 5 p.m.
December 21Wednesday, in Boston, 7:30 p.m.
December 23Fri, Miami, 8 p.m.
December 26Monday, New Orleans, 8 p.m.
December 27Tuesday, vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
December 29Thursday, vs. Cleveland, 7 p.m.
December 31stSaturday, vs. LA Clippers, 3 p.m.
January 2Monday, c. Toronto, 7 p.m.
January 4Wednesday, in Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
January 6Friday, vs. Portland, 7 p.m.
January 8Sun, vs. Charlotte, 5 p.m.
January 11Wednesday, in New York, 7:30 p.m.
January 13Friday, vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
January 14Saturday, vs. Memphis, 7 p.m.
January 16Monday, Milwaukee, 2:30 p.m.
January 18Wednesday at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
January 20Friday, in Denver, 9 p.m.
January the 21stSat., Phoenix, 9 p.m.
January 24Tuesday vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
January 25Wednesday, in Orlando, 7 p.m.
January 27Friday, vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
January 29Sunday, in Memphis, 6 p.m.
February 2Thursday, vs. LA Lakers, 7 p.m.
February 3Friday, vs. Sacramento, 7 p.m.
February 5Sunday, vs. Cleveland, 5 p.m.
February 8Wednesday, in Miami, 7:30 p.m.
February 10Friday, vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
February 11thSaturday, in Washington, 7 p.m.
February 13Monday, vs. Utah, 7 p.m.
February 15Wednesday, vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
February 23Thursday, vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
February 25Saturday, Orlando, 7 p.m.
February 28Tuesday, in Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
March 2Thursday, in San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
March 5Sunday, in Chicago, 3:30 p.m.
March 6Monday, vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
March 9Thursday, vs. Houston, 7 p.m.
March 11Saturday, Detroit, 7 p.m.
March 13Monday, Detroit, 7 p.m.
March 16Thursday, Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
March 18Saturday, vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
March 20thMon, Charlotte, 7 p.m.
March 22Wednesday, in Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
March 24Friday, Boston, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
March 25Saturday, in Atlanta, 5 p.m.
March 27Monday, vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
March 29Wednesday, vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
March, 31stFriday, vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
April 2Sunday, in Cleveland, 8 p.m.
April 5Wednesday, vs. New York, 7 p.m.
April 7Friday, vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
April 9Sunday, in New York, 1 p.m.