NBA Basketball: 5 Reasons Indiana Pacers Are Scariest Dark Horse in the East

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NBA Basketball: 5 Reasons Indiana Pacers Are Scariest Dark Horse in the East
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The Indiana Pacers are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2007-08 season after their 90-85 win over the Toronto Raptors last night.  

When discussing Eastern Conference contenders this season, it's easy to name the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics as the only teams that will compete for the crown.

But I'm here to offer you a piece of advice: Do not sleep on the Indiana Pacers.

Yes, I know they haven't had a winning season since 2004. And yes, I know they've averaged just 36 wins over the past six years.

Well, things have changed in 2011 and basketball is officially back in the state of Indiana. From the Tom Crean-led Indiana Hoosiers to the beginning of a new era of Pacer basketball, it's time to start paying attention again to the Hoosier state.

Let's examine why the Indiana Pacers will be a dark horse in the East in 2012.

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