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(57-27) Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers (46-38)
Round 1: Game 3
Date: Thursday, April 21st 2016
Time: 7:35PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptors -120 vs. Pacers +100
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1 (-110)
NBA Betting Total: 193 Points
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The Toronto Raptors evened up the series with a 98-87 win on Monday night. It was a game they had to win, as they couldn’t afford going to Indiana down 2-0 in this opening round series.
These next two games will be interesting, as the Pacers were much better at home (26-15) than away (19-22) and the Raptors were worse on the road (24-17) than at home (32-9).
Despite having a worse away record than at home, the Raptors were solid on the road. Both teams are still healthy, although Terrence Ross remains questionable, but he’s symptom free (concussion).
It was good to see the Raptors win and cover the point spread earlier this week, but I don’t know what to make of the game. DeMar DeRozan struggled mightily again and didn’t even play in the 4th quarter.
DeRozan finished the game with 10 points on 5-18 shooting – he didn’t shoot a single FT. Lowry was only 4-13 from the field (0-5 on 3-Pointers), but he was 10-10 on FTs, plus he had 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
Jonas Valanciunas had another monster game in the paint. He finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for another big double-double. The Pacers have no answer down low for the big man.
One of the big reasons Toronto won game 2 was because they held the Pacers to 20% (4-20) from deep, where in the opening game of the series, Indiana shot 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc.
Toronto still didn’t have an answer for Paul George. He scored 28 points on 8-15 shooting and he was 10-11 from the charity stripe. The Raptors need to ensure Norman Powell or DeMarre Carroll cover George.
One change the Pacers need to make is at PF. Myles Turner has great energy and he’s nice to have off of the bench, but Lavoy Allen has been terrible in this series and he hurts the team more than he helps.
Monta Ellis had another decent game with 15 points again, but he needs to step it up and score in the 20s to help the Pacers overcome the Raptors offense. George Hill has to start scoring more as well.
Indiana will win this game if they can continue frustrating DeRozan, finding a way to double team JV down low to prevent him from going off again and shooting better from distance.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 8-1 ATS in last 9 games in Indiana.
- Under is 4-1 in last 5 H2H games.
- Raptors are 3-7 in last 10 games after a SU win.
- Under is 6-0 in Raptors last 6 games after a ATS win.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
I’m betting on the Raptors again to cover ATS. George can’t do it himself every game and he isn’t getting much help from the other veterans on the team. If the spread was higher I would likely reconsider.
I actually think heading to Indiana will help DeRozan find his stroke again.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors –1 (-110)
He felt the pressure at home, but look for him to have two big games in Indiana to quiet his playoff critics.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 95 – Toronto 99
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