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(46-37) Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors (56-27)
Round 1: Game 2
Date: Monday, April 18th 2016
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers +280 / Toronto -340
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -7
NBA Betting Total: Over 193.5 Points
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Well, the opening game of the series was close throughout and the Raptors led a lot of the game, but they were unable to finish the Pacers. Indiana won 100-90 and now the Raptors are in a must-win situation.
This is deja-vu for the Raptors, as they can’t seem to win in the playoffs. They had several opportunities in the game to build a lead and pull away, but once Paul George heated up, the Raptors had no answer.
George was the only starter on the Pacers that I thought played real well. He finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. He started slow, but then heated up down the stretch.
Monta Ellis had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as well. Indiana got minutes out of Myles Turner and Solomon Hill off the bench. Both guys played 26 minutes and had double-digits in points.
One reason the Pacers won was because they shot 52.4% (11-21) from deep. If the Raptors don’t close out and guard the 3-point line, this series will be a lot closer than many expected it to be.
The key for Indiana in this game is to not let off the gas pedal. Toronto will be questioning themselves after the loss and the Pacers need to advantage of that by coming out quickly in the opening quarter.
The big story was how badly Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan played. They combined to shoot 8-32 from the field and miss seven free throws. There were some positives to take away from the loss, though.
Jonas Valanciunas will be able to feast in the paint. He had 12 points and 19 rebounds. He only shot 4-14, but he missed a lot of open looks in the paint. Once he settles down a bit those shots will start going in.
Cory Joseph led the Raptors in scoring (18 Points) and his playoff experience will payoff. Toronto shot just 38% (30-79) from the field, 21.1% from deep (4-19) and 68.4% from the charity stripe (26-38).
Toronto dominated the glass (52 Rebounds vs. 38 Rebounds), but they had 19 turnovers compared to 13 for the Pacers. The Raptors need to come out and hit their shots to win, it’s that simple.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 10-2 ATS in last 12 H2H games.
- Over is 4-1 in last 5 H2H games in Toronto.
- Raptors are 4-0 ATS in last 4 games after a loss.
- Pacers are 4-0 ATS in last 4 games.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
This is a tough game to predict. On one side, how can you trust the Raptors to cover -7 points? However, my gut tells me the Raptors will come out and shoot the lights out to even up the series.
DeRozan and Lowry were both brutal in the first game. This next game will tell a lot about this team. Will they fold like last season or will they come out and play like they have been for months now? Only time will tell.
My money is on the Raptors to cover the spread. They need to do a better job shutting down George for the entire game and then they just need to drain some shots.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors -7 (-110)
Shoooting below 40% again won’t cut it.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 92 – Toronto 101
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