Heading into the 2017 NBA season, most people did not expect much out of the Indiana Pacers. The prior season, the Pacers ended up finishing seventh in the conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs. At the end of the season, they ended up trading their star player, Paul George, to the Oklahoma City Thunder out of fear of losing him in free agency.
Due to the loss of Paul George, most expected that the Pacers would take a step back this season. However, they have been extremely good and actually look much better than they did the prior year. This trend continued is past week as the Pacers continued to position themselves well for the playoffs and surprise people all over the league (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/4/5/17200330/indiana-pacers-myles-turner-victor-oladipo-feature).
As the regular season of the NBA comes to close, the Pacers look well positioned for a deep playoff run. They are currently the number 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and will likely hold this position. This means they will probably end up facing either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. In either situation, the team could be in a good position as they have looked very cohesive and impressive as of late.
One of the main reasons why the Pacers will continue to perform well is due to Victor Oladipo. The Pacers ended up acquiring him during the trade that included Paul George. Since joining the Pacers, Oladipo has been one of the to players in the league.