The Pacers Of Contrast

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – A few weeks ago, we looked at how the Indiana Pacers are a much better team in the second half of games. No other team comes close to the improvement that the Pacers make after halftime.

Biggest difference, NetRtg, half to half

Team 1st half Rank 2nd half Rank Diff.
Indiana +1.2 13 +15.4 1 14.2
Portland -0.7 17 +6.5 6 7.2
Orlando -8.5 28 -1.8 18 6.7
Toronto +1.3 12 +6.7 5 5.4
Sacramento -5.4 25 -0.1 13 5.3

NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

The difference is kind of like the home Pacers and the road Pacers …

Biggest difference, NetRtg, home vs. road

Team Home Rank Road Rank Diff.
Indiana +15.3 1 +0.9 10 14.5
Cleveland -0.4 20 -11.3 30 10.9
Orlando -0.5 21 -10.8 27 10.3
L.A. Clippers +11.7 2 +1.9 6 9.8
Houston +9.5 4 +0.9 9 8.6

And also like the rested Pacers and the without-rest (playing on the second night of a back-to-back) Pacers…

Biggest difference, NetRtg, rest vs. no rest

Team Rest Rank No rest Rank Diff.
Indiana +11.9 1 -0.3 10 12.2
L.A. Clippers +8.9 2 -1.0 12 9.9
Denver +0.2 14 -7.7 27 7.9
Golden State +5.9 6 -1.2 13 7.1
Dallas +4.1 9 -2.3 16 6.5

So yeah, the Pacers, with the biggest difference in each category by a pretty wide margin, are a little weird. As you’d figure, they’ve been really good in the second half of home games when they didn’t play the night before (plus-21.4 points per 100 possessions), and really bad in the first half of road games when they did play the night before (minus-16.2)…

Pacers efficiency

Situation GP OffRtg Rank DefRtg Rank NetRtg Rank
No rest, home, 2nd half 3 115.0 6 80.5 1 +34.5 1
Rested, home, 2nd half 25 106.5 10 85.1 1 +21.4 1
No rest, home, 1st half 3 106.7 10 95.3 7 +11.4 6
Rested, road, 2nd half 13 107.9 4 96.8 2 +11.2 1
Rested, home, 1st half 25 100.4 25 93.1 1 +7.3 13
No rest, road, 2nd half 11 104.9 14 102.7 9 +2.2 9
Rested, road, 1st half 13 99.1 20 97.6 2 +1.5 9
No rest, road, 1st half 11 84.4 29 100.6 7 -16.2 25

OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions

The good news for them is that they’re tied with the Thunder in the loss column for the best record in the league and have a much easier schedule now than OKC. Holding the league’s best record would give them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs … when there are no back-to-backs.

3 Comments

  1. Noah says:

    There’s this guy named Paul George who does a pretty good job. Also Lance Stephenson (should have been an all-star). Who told you that big men aren’t near as effective? You are comparing Shaq (probably the most physically dominant center EVER) to Roy Hibbert. That’s not a fair shake for Roy. If Shaq was in his prime now he’d be just as dominant. There’s just a bit of a deficiency in terms of dominant big men now. You’re acting as if Roy is their no. 1 option. Roy isn’t there to create offense, although he is very capable when needed. He is there to secure the paint and not give up easy buckets. Essentially to anchor the defense. Also, what Filippo said.

  2. jake s. says:

    The Pacers are great at blowing .500 teams out of town but what about real contenders? The league is changing and i guess i am the only one to notice this. Big man down low (aka Roy Hibbert or Dwight Howard) is not nearly as effective as it was during the Shaq era. The writers themselves have stated that the leagues winners are now using high screen and roll then kickout to confident shooters if necessary. Who does Indiana go to? They may be able to beat the Heat or the Thunder, but definitely not both.