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Tuesday, October 29th (All times Eastern)

Orlando Magic (0-0) at Indiana Pacers (0-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The 2013-14 NBA season begins on Tuesday night when the Orlando Magic visit the Indiana Pacers, a team with very legitimate title aspirations.

It was in last season's Eastern Conference Finals where the Pacers stretched the Miami Heat, the eventual NBA champions, to seven games. They used bruising frontline play and stifling defense, the calling card for the Frank Vogel-led Pacers.

"Last year, our expectations were very high," Vogel said at the team's media day. "Not a whole lot different this year, other than I think we're better, deeper and more experienced."

It was in the postseason where Paul George emerged as a bona fide superstar, no longer in waiting. He averaged 19.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 5.1 apg in 19 playoff games last season and he was rewarded with a contract extension, believed to be for the max.

"They gave me a chance and now that I'm in this position, it's really my job to do everything in my position, in my will, to get us to that next step," George said when he signed his contract.

Larry Bird returned to his position as president of basketball operations and improved Indiana through a series of free-agent signings (Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson) and a nice trade for veteran forward Luis Scola.

But perhaps the most significant aspect to the Pacers improvement this season was supposed to come from former All-Star Danny Granger. He played in only five games last season with knee ailments, but is a career 18.1 point per game scorer.

Granger could have easily returned to Indiana's starting lineup, relegating Lance Stephenson to a bench role. But Granger injured his calf in preseason and will miss at least three weeks to start the season, including Tuesday night's game.

The Magic endured the worst record in the NBA last season, but it was all part of a plan. It was in the summer before last season, the Magic finally dealt malcontent center Dwight Howard in a trade most felt Orlando did not get enough.

Fast-forward to this offseason and the Magic are the only ones who still have the assets acquired in that blockbuster. Nikola Vucevic emerged as a great young center and Mo Harkless seems to have a bright future.

Factor in Orlando's fleecing of the Milwaukee Bucks that saw Tobias Harris come to the Magic Kingdom for J.J. Redick, who bolted Brew City, and the Magic do have a stockpile of young talent.

Added to that mix was Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in the draft. Despite being a natural shooting guard, the Magic are trying to transition Oladipo to the point guard spot to eventually unseat incumbent Jameer Nelson.

Oladipo will begin his NBA career very close to his collegiate one as the University of Indiana product makes his league debut at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"I'm really excited and getting this first year under my belt is going to be huge for me," Oladipo told the team's website. "I'm looking forward to having fun and learning throughout the season."

The Pacers won two of the three against the Magic last season, including two in a row. However, Orlando has taken seven of its last 10 in Indianapolis.

10/29 10:27:31 ET

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Schedule

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Dallas85Final | Box
San Antonio «90
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. San Antonio leads series, 1-0.
Charlotte824th Qtr 3:03 | Box
Miami95TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago ABC
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
4th
MIA 95
CHA 80
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
14th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
14th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
12th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
8th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
8th
TEX 2
CWS 9
 
5th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
6th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
5th
COL 4
PHI 3
 
5th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
4th
MIA 95
CHA 80
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
3rd
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3