Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Raptors vs Pacers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Toronto Raptors taking on the Indiana Pacers on Monday December 14th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Toronto Raptors (16-9) vs. Indiana Pacers (13-9)
Date: Monday December 14
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers -205, Raptors +175
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -5
NBA Betting Total: 202
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These are two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season. The Raps played last night but it was against Philly so they should still be good to go on the road.
The key to stopping Indiana is controlling Paul George, who has been one of the hottest players in the league. Should be a good one to watch.
Toronto comes into this one on a roll having won four in a row – it might have been five had they just been a little tighter in losing to Golden State.
This team seems have developed a habit of rising (or lowering) to the level of competition so this should be a good battle between a couple of Eastern Conference contenders.
Toronto took the opener, the first game of the season, by seven at home. That seems like a long time ago now.
The Raptors are dealing with some injuries with starters Demare Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas out.
The loss of Carroll really hurts for this one as he is one of the better defensive players in the game and he would have had the responsibility of checking George.
The Raptors can definitely win the backcourt battle thanks to DeMar DeRerozan and Kyle Lowry. They also have the league’s third best defense overall and will look to not get too caught up in a pace game.
The Pacers have been good overall this season but right now they are going through a tough stretch, they have dropped four of their last five including getting spanked by Detroit over the weekend. They need this one to get back on track.
Even though he wasn’t great in their last game Paul George has really excelled in his new role.
He is a versatile three who is sometimes playing the four as well. He is leading the team with a career high 27ppg and also leading the team in rebounds as well.
Indiana was expecting a lot more from Monta Ellis.
If things hold his 12ppg will be the lowest since his rookie season as he has been just a disaster shooting the ball. Even his free throws are at a career low so you have to wonder if there is something more going on.
This game is a great opportunity for Indiana. The Raptors are on a back to back and maybe if they come out really strong they get them to retreat or something.
Odds are it probably goes down to the wire.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 road games.
- Raptors are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 4-0 in Pacers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Pacers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free NBA Prediction:
It is hard not to like the Raptors in this spot. Yes they are on the road but they are playing well and Indiana isn’t.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto ATS
The Raptors are notoriously slow starters so don’t get discouraged if it looks bad early.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 101 – Indiana 100
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