Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Pacers vs Raptors Lines
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(48-40) Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors (59-29)
Round 1: Game 7
Date: Sunday, May 1st 2016
Time: 8:05PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pacers +205 vs. Raptors -245
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -5.5
NBA Betting Total: Over 189.5 Points
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Well, it all comes down to one game.
The Toronto Raptors will host the Indiana Pacers tonight at the ACC. Toronto are actually bigger favorites than I expected them to be. They really only played well at the ACC in the second game of the series.
Indiana have to be happy forcing a 7th game, as doubts will definitely be creeping into the Raptors at this point.
Toronto actually led big early in game 6, but the dominated the 2nd half. Indiana scored 30+ points in both quarters during the 2H. There was no 4th quarter let down and they definitely have the momentum coming into this game.
Paul George had 21 points, but that’s all he needed, as the rest of the starters stepped. All four of the other starters scored double-digits in points. Myles Turner led the four with 15 points on 6-11 shooting from the field.
Indiana also won the rebounding battle (44 vs. 40) and turnover battle (16 vs. 14). Winning these two categories has been important all series and if Indiana wins them in game 7, they’ll have a great chance at the upset.
Frank Vogel has made some coaching mistakes, but overall he has been great. I expect him to stick with the starters for as much game time as possible. George will play 40+ minutes, but will it be enough for the Pacers to advance?
I sound like a broken record, but the loss was largely in part to DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry underperforming. They combined for 18 points on 7-27 shooting. Will they finally both have a good game together?
Toronto badly needs their two stars to step up in this deciding game. Jonas Valanciunas shot a respectable 5-9 from the field, but he only played 26 minutes. He needs to be on the court for 30+ minutes tonight.
DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph both played well in game 6. Carroll has been producing well lately and I expect him to have another big game, but he’s not the type of player that’ll win you a game offensively on his own.
Toronto needs to dig deep and win this series for the fan base. They’ve stuck behind Toronto, but they can’t keep choking in the playoffs. The ACC will be rocking inside and out all night, but will DeRozan and Lowry come to play?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Underdog is 6-2 ATS in last 8 H2H games.
- Pacers are 9-23 ATS in last 32 H2H games in Toronto.
- Under is 5-1 in last 6 H2H games.
- Over is 5-2 in last 7 H2H games in Toronto.
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in last 6 games following SU loss.
Free Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Toronto are too big of favorites to bet ATS and I’m not interested in the money line. I expect this game to come down to the buzzer just like the Nets series two years ago. My money will be on this game going over 189.5 points.
These teams have both scored 90+ points only twice in this entire series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 189.5 Points (-110)
However, I expect both teams to score plenty tonight. Defense will be a bit of an afterthought and we’ll see these teams trading baskets from the opening tip-off.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 99 – Toronto 100
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