5 Reasons Indiana Pacers Are Legit Title Favorites

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5 Reasons Indiana Pacers Are Legit Title Favorites
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Paul George and the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 90-84 on Dec. 10 to make a statement as the East's best team.

At 20-3, the Indiana Pacers are serving notice to the entire league they are legit title favorites.  

At the rate Indy is going, it is "on pace to win 71 games," per Pacers.com's Mark Montieth. Even if his assessment proves to be accurate in the end, the Pacers aren't going to settle for anything less than the Larry O'Brien Trophy. 

Heading into its five-game West Coast road trip, Indiana was out to prove its 15-1 start was no fluke. It wound up 3-2, including statement wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs.

The Pacers' 90-84 victory on Dec. 10 against the reigning NBA champions, the Miami Heat, proved they are the best in what has been a disappointing Eastern Conference. 

Of course, another victory over Miami on Dec. 18 would further solidify the Pacers' status as early-season title favorites. 

From Frank Vogel to Paul George, there are five reasons why Indiana is the cream of the crop in the NBA. 

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