Over the summer, the Indiana Pacers acquired a young point guard who will fit in nicely with their up-tempo offense. In a complicated four-team, five-player trade the Pacers received Darren Collison from the New Orleans Hornets. While filling in for All-Star Chris Paul, Collison averaged 18.8 points and 9.1 assists in 37 starts for the Hornets last season. Collison will give Indiana the dynamic presence they have been seeking at the point guard position.
He will join Danny Granger as the primary scoring options for the fast-paced Pacers offense. Granger, who averaged 24.1 points last season, won a gold medal as a member of the 2010 USA World Championship Team. However, due to his lack of effort on the defensive end, Granger spent much of his time on the bench during the FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
If the Indiana Pacers hope to have a chance at making the playoffs they will have to improve on the defensive end; and Danny Granger will have to be the one that leads the charge.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2010-2011 Indiana Pacers:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 27 at San Antonio- Pacers begin the season with a road loss to the San Antonio Spurs (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, October 29 at Charlotte- Pacers fall to the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena (Record 0-2).
Game 3, Saturday, October 30 versus 76ers- Pacers play their third game in four nights and drop their home opener to the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 0-3).
Game 4, Wednesday, November 3 at Philadelphia- Pacers avenge their prior loss with a victory over the 76ers (Record 1-3).
Game 5, Friday, November 5 versus Bucks- Pacers fall to the Milwaukee Bucks for the fifth consecutive time (Record 1-4).
Game 6, Tuesday, November 9 versus Nuggets- Pacers drop a close home game to Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets (Record 1-5).
Game 7, Friday, November 12 versus Rockets- Pacers get their first home win of the season by defeating the Houston Rockets (Record 2-5).
Game 8, Saturday, November 13 at Cleveland- Pacers get a road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and win both halves of a back-to-back (Record 3-5).
Game 9, Tuesday, November 16 versus Hawks- Pacers begin a three-game home stand with a victory over the Atlanta Hawks (Record 4-5).
Game 10, Thursday, November 18 versus Clippers-Pacers drop a close home game to the visiting Los Angeles Clippers (Record 4-6).
Game 11, Saturday, November 20 versus Magic- Pacers fall to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic (Record 4-7).
Game 12, Monday, November 22 at Miami- Pacers visit South Beach and lose to the Miami Heat All-Star Trio (Record 4-8).
Game 13, Tuesday, November 23 versus Cavaliers- Pacers drop a home game to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Record 4-9).
Game 14, Friday, November 26 versus Thunder- Pacers get a home win over Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Record 5-9).
Game 15, Sunday, November 28 at Los Angeles Lakers- Pacers fall to the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 5-10).
Game 16, Tuesday, November 30 at Sacramento- Pacers close November with a road win over the Sacramento Kings (Record 6-10).
Game 17, Wednesday, December 1 at Utah- Pacers fall to the tough-minded Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 6-11).
Game 18, Friday, December 3 at Phoenix- Pacers complete a solid 2-2 road trip with a victory over the Phoenix Suns (Record 7-11).
Game 19, Monday, December 6 versus Raptors- Pacers defeat the visiting Toronto Raptors (Record 8-11).
Game 20, Wednesday, December 8 at Milwaukee- Pacers lose to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center for the fifth straight time (Record 8-12).
Game 21, Friday, December 10 versus Bobcats- Pacers fall to the defensive-minded Charlotte Bobcats (Record 8-13).
Game 22, Saturday, December 11 at Atlanta- Pacers drop a road game to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena (Record 8-14).
Game 23, Monday, December 13 at Chicago- Pacers continue to struggle and lose a road game to the Chicago Bulls (Record 8-15).
Game 24, Wednesday, December 15 versus Lakers- Pacers fall to the Los Angeles Lakers and suffer their fifth consecutive loss (Record 8-16).
Game 25, Friday, December 17 versus Cavaliers- Pacers get a much-needed win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (Record 9-16).
Game 26, Sunday, December 19 at Boston- Pacers drop a road game to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden (Record 9-17).
Game 27, Monday, December 20 versus Hornets- Pacers fall to the New Orleans Hornets for the sixth consecutive time (Record 9-18).
Game 28, Sunday, December 26 versus Grizzlies- Pacers win a close home game over the Memphis Grizzlies (Record 10-18).
Game 29, Tuesday, December 28 versus Celtics- Pacers lose to the Boston Celtics (Record 10-19).
Game 30, Wednesday, December 29 at Washington- Pacers play their third game in four nights and fall to John Wall and the Washington Wizards (Record 10-20).
Game 31, Friday, December 31 versus Wizards- Pacers get immediate revenge for their prior loss with a home win over the Wizards (Record 11-20).
Game 32, Sunday, January 2 at New York- Pacers lose a Sunday matinee to the New York Knicks (Record 11-21).
Game 33, Friday, January 7 versus Spurs- Pacers fall to the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth straight time (Record 11-22).
Game 34, Saturday, January 8 at Atlanta- Pacers lose to the Hawks and drop both halves of a back-to-back (Record 11-23).
Game 35, Tuesday, January 11 at Philadelphia- Pacers drop a road game to the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 11-24).
Game 36, Wednesday, January 12 versus Mavericks- Pacers fall to the Dallas Mavericks and drop their fifth straight game (Record 11-25).
Game 37, Friday, January 14 versus Bulls- Pacers continue to struggle and lose a home game to the visiting Chicago Bulls (Record 11-26).
Game 38, Monday, January 17 at Los Angeles Clippers- Pacers begin a four-game road trip with a Martin Luther King Day victory over the Clippers (Record 12-26).
Game 39, Wednesday, January 19 at Golden State- Pacers fall to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena for the fourth straight time (Record 12-27).
Game 40, Saturday, January 22 at Portland- Pacers drop a road game to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden (Record 12-28).
Game 41, Sunday, January 23 at Denver- Pacers defeat the Denver Nuggets to close a solid 2-2 road trip (Record 13-28).
Game 42, Wednesday, January 26 versus Magic- Pacers get an impressive home win over the Orlando Magic (Record 14-28).
Game 43, Friday, January 28 versus Nets- Pacers beat the New Jersey Nets to close a brief two-game home stand (Record 15-28).
Game 44, Saturday, January 29 at Chicago- Pacers fall to Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls at the United Center (Record 15-29).
Game 45, Monday, January 31 versus Raptors- Pacers close January with a home loss to the Toronto Raptors (Record 15-30).
Game 46, Wednesday, February 2 at Cleveland- Pacers drop a road game to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (Record 15-31).
Game 47, Friday, February 4 versus Trail Blazers- Pacers fall to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers (Record 15-32).
Game 48, Sunday, February 6 at New Jersey- Pacers get a road win over the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center (Record 16-32).
Game 49, Tuesday, February 8 at Miami- Pacers lose to the Miami Heat for the sixth straight time (Record 16-33).
Game 50, Wednesday, February 9 versus Bobcats- Pacers defeat the Charlotte Bobcats and get the second half of a back-to-back (Record 17-33).
Game 51, Friday, February 11 versus Timberwolves- Pacers win a high-scoring matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves (Record 18-33).
Game 52, Saturday, February 12 at Milwaukee- Pacers lose to the Milwaukee Bucks for the sixth consecutive time (Record 18-34).
Game 53, Tuesday, February 15 versus Heat- Pacers drop a home game to the Miami Heat at Conseco Fieldhouse (Record 18-35).
Game 54, Wednesday, February 16 at Detroit- Pacers close the first half of the season by beating the Detroit Pistons for the seventh consecutive time (Record 19-35).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 22 at Washington- Pacers defeat the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center (Record 20-35).
Game 56, Wednesday, February 23 versus Pistons- Pacers begin a four-game home stand with a victory over the Detroit Pistons (Record 21-35).
Game 57, Friday, February 25 versus Jazz- Pacers drop a home game to the tough Utah Jazz (Record 21-36).
Game 58, Sunday, February 27 versus Suns- Pacers rebound with a victory over the Phoenix Suns (Record 22-36).
Game 59, Tuesday, March 1 versus Warriors- Pacers defeat the Golden State Warriors to close a 3-1 home stand (Record 23-36).
Game 60, Wednesday, March 2 at Oklahoma City- Pacers fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center (Record 23-37).
Game 61, Friday, March 4 at Dallas- Pacers drop a road game to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center (Record 23-38).
Game 62, Saturday, March 5 at Houston- Pacers stumble on the second step of the Texas Two-Step and fall to the Houston Rockets (Record 23-39).
Game 63, Tuesday, March 8 versus 76ers- Pacers get a home win over the Philadelphia 76ers and tie the season series at two game apiece (Record 24-39).
Game 64, Wednesday, March 9 at Minnesota- Pacers lose the second half of a back-to-back to the Minnesota Timberwolves (Record 24-40).
Game 65, Friday, March 11 at Toronto- Pacers beat the Raptors and win the season series 2-1 (Record 25-40).
Game 66, Sunday, March 13 at New York- Pacers finish a disappointing 1-2 road trip with a loss to the New York Knicks (Record 25-41).
Game 67, Tuesday, March 15 versus Knicks- Pacers get a home win over the Knicks (Record 26-41).
Game 68, Wednesday, March 16 at Boston- Pacers fall to the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics (Record 26-42).
Game 69, Friday, March 18 versus Bulls- Pacers defeat the visiting Chicago Bulls (Record 27-42).
Game 70, Saturday, March 19 at Memphis- Pacers visit Beale Street and the Memphis Grizzlies pounce on them (Record 27-43).
Game 71, Monday, March 21 at New Jersey- Pacers fall to the New Jersey Nets and drop their fourth straight road game (Record 28-43).
Game 72, Wednesday, March 23 at Charlotte- Pacers lose to the Charlotte Bobcats (Record 28-44).
Game 73, Friday, March 25 versus Kings- Pacers get a home win over Tyreke Evans and the Sacramento Kings (Record 29-44).
Game 74, Saturday, March 26 at Detroit- Pacers drop a road game to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Record 29-45).
Game 75, Monday, March 28 versus Celtics- Pacers begin a three-game home stand with a loss to the Boston Celtics (Record 29-46).
Game 76, Wednesday, March 30 versus Pistons- Pacers defeat the Detroit Pistons and win the season series 3-1 (Record 30-46).
Game 77, Friday, April 1 versus Bucks- Pacers close a 2-1 home stand with a close victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (Record 31-46).
Game 78, Sunday, April 3 at New Orleans- Pacers get their third win in a row by defeating the Hornets at New Orleans Arena (Record 32-46).
Game 79, Wednesday, April 6 versus Wizards- Pacers get a home win over the visiting Washington Wizards and win the season series 3-1 (Record 33-46).
Game 80, Friday, April 8 versus Hawks- Pacers drop a home game to the Atlanta Hawks (Record 33-47).
Game 81, Sunday, April 10 versus Knicks- Pacers defeat the New York Knicks and tie the season series at two games apiece (Record 34-47).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 13 at Orlando- Pacers lose their final game of the season to the Orlando Magic (Record 34-48).
Prediction: The Indiana Pacers will win less than 40 games for the fifth consecutive season.
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Information from ESPN.com’s Indiana Pacers 2011 Schedule, Darren Collison Split Statistics, and Indiana Pacers Basketball Clubhouse was used for this article.