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45-21 (19-13 V) Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers 36-31 (20-11 H)
Date: Thursday March 17th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
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Both of these teams have won 4 of their last 5 games and the Pacers have beaten the Spurs and Celtics in that span.
If the season ended today these teams would face off in the first round of the playoffs. The Raptors are in the 2nd spot 2 games back of the Cavaliers and the Pacers are in the 7th spot 1.5 games back of the Hornets.
In their last games the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-89 and the Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 103-98.
The Raptors rank 11th in the league in scoring and 5th in opponents’ points per game.
The key to stopping Toronto is keeping their two 2 scorers of guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry from having big games. Both of these players are averaging over 21 ppg on the season and while DeRozan sat in the Bucks game because of rest Lowry went for 25 in the blowout win.
Jonas Valanciunas is the 3rd leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Raptors and the Pacers have to keep him from dominating the paint.
This season the Raptors are a solid 18-13 on the road and their win over Milwaukee in their last game was on the road.
These teams have met twice this season with each winning at home.
The Pacers rank 17th in the league in scoring and 8th in opponents’ points allowed.
Paul George leads the Pacers in scoring and they have 5 players that are averaging in double figures. George went for 25 points in the solid win over the Celtics in their last game.
In that game Indiana played well on both ends of the court shooting a FG% of 46.4% and holding the Celtics to 38.3% shooting from the floor.
Guards Monta Ellis and George Hill are the 2nd and 3rd leading scorers for Indiana and while their offense will be needed in this game their defense may be more important going up against Lowry and DeRozan.
This season the Pacers are 20-11 and at home and they have won 2 straight in their house after dropping their previous 2.
The Pacers have been getting it done on offense as of late with the exception of their lone loss in their last 5 games when they only scored 75 points in a bad road loss to the Hawks.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Raptors have an Over record of 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games.
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Pacers are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win.
- Pacers have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
The home team has won both of the meetings between these 2 Eastern Conference foes, but I think the Raptors will come out with the W in this one because of their defense.
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The Raptors are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games facing the Pacers and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games facing them in Indiana. Look for those trends to continue on Thursday night.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 102 – Pacers 99
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