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(26-12) Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors (29-12)
Sunday, January 6 finds the Indiana Pacers facing the. Toronto Raptors as they meet for the second time in the 2018-19 regular season. In their last game on Friday, the Pacers won a high scoring match versus the Bulls on the last shot of the game. Meanwhile, the Raptors enter on the second game of a back to back set having beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Last season, the Raptors won three of the four contests and took the first game this year. The Pacers hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 47 of their 86 matches.
The Pacers have feasted on an easy strength of schedule through the first half of the season. Their schedule now picks up steam with plenty of travel and top teams on tap.
The difference is this Pacers squad functions expertly on both sides of the floor with an even distribution among teammates and providing lockdown defense where they rank second in the Association.
Five players scored in double-digits in defeating the Bulls with Victor Oladipo leading the way scoring 36 points, dishing 4 dimes and collecting 7 rebounds. The trio who joined him were Domantas Sabonis (double-double: 23 points, 12 rebounds), Thaddeus Young (16) and Bojan Bogdanovic (13).
The Pacers have no players out injured and will be sitting in Toronto awaiting the Raptors return from Milwaukee.
In arguably the toughest four game segment of any team this week, the Raptors beat Utah, lost badly in San Antonio (for the much hyped Kawhi – Spurs reunion). Then a back to back set versus the two teams bookending them in the East.
To that end, the first game in the set was one of Toronto’s best wins this season, at times completely locking down the Bucks defensively in a highly competitive game. Four of the five starters scored 20 or more points with Pascal Siakam once again collecting a new career high (30 points) matching Leonard.
Fred VanVleet hit 5 of 8 from deep (21 points) and Serge Ibaka channeled his OKC days (25 points) with an incredible block on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Raptors are still injury depleted with Kyle Lowry (back) expected out again and Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) still out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 7-3 in last 10 head to head contests
- Pacers are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The over-under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Odds are off as of posting but Nick Nurse needed to utilize his starters heavy minutes (35 to 40 minutes each) to get the more important win in Milwaukee. Still, the Raptors are 6-1 in second games of back to back sets this season and the early word is Leonard will play.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors have the edge at home.
Although the Raptors boast a solid home record (15-4) the Pacers also are one of the few squads with a winning road record (12-7). If both Lowry and Leonard don’t play everything shifts. But with the assumption at least one of them plays let’s call this a close win for Toronto.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 107 – Pacers 105
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