2016 NBA Futures – Series Picks
Looking for Pacers vs. Raptors free series predictions & playoff picks? You’ve come to the right place if you’re searching for NBA Futures. The Toronto Raptors (56-26) earned the second seed in the Eastern Conference and will therefore have home court advantage in this first round series against the Indiana Pacers (45-37) who are the seventh seed.
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NBA Betting – Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors First Round Series Preview and Picks
Toronto won the season series 3-1, including a win where most of the starters were out. The games in Indiana were tough games for the Raptors, as they lost by 16 points in one game and needed OT to win another.
We’ll now breakdown the entire series match-up.
NBA Championship Lines – 2016 NBA Title Odds from 5Dimes
- Raptors: Title Odds – 36/1 & Eastern Conference Odds – 6/1
- Pacers: Title Odds – 210/1 & Eastern Conference Odds – 66/1
Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors Series Prices
- Toronto Raptors: -335
- Indiana Pacers: +275
Pacers vs. Raptors Round 1 Series Schedule
- Game 1: Saturday, April 16th 2016 at 12:30pm ET on ESPN
- Game 2: Monday, April 18th 2016 at 7:00pm ET on NBA TV
- Game 3: Thursday, April 21st 2016 at 7:30pm ET on NBA TV
- Game 4: Saturday, April 23rd 2016 at 3:00pm on TNT
- Game 5: Tuesday, April 26th 2016 (If Necessary)
- Game 6: Friday, April 29th 2016 (If Necessary)
- Game 7: Sunday, May 1st 2016 (If Necessary)
Pacers vs. Raptors Free Series Predictions: Guards
George Hill is far from elite, but he always works hard and grinds his opponent. Hill averaged 12.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 3.5 APG during the regular season. He has the odd big game in him, but he isn’t a huge concern.
Monta Ellis is a streaky scorer and he could help the Pacers steal a game or two. His numbers aren’t great, but he averaged 13.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG and 4.7 APG during the regular season.
The Raptors live and die with their guard play. Kyle Lowry is the glue holding this team together. He averaged 21.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.4 APG and 2.05 SPG this season. He’s shooting nearly 40% from deep as well.
DeMar DeRozan leads the team in points (23.5 PPG), plus he averages 4.5 RPG and 4.0 APG. Ellis isn’t known for his defense, so I expect DeRozan to be able to create shot after shot offensively.
Verdict: The Raptors have a huge edge at the guards positions, which they need to exploit. The Raptors have more guard depth on the bench than the Pacers as well with Terrance Ross and Corey Joseph.
Pacers vs. Raptors Free Series Predictions: Forwards & Centers
Paul George’s performance will determine how far the Pacers go in the playoffs. George averages 23.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 4.1 APG. He’s the pulse of this team, but he’ll have a tough match-up against Toronto.
Norman Powell will likely start and he has been playing hard, but more importantly, DeMarre Carroll is back from injury. He hasn’t played much yet, but you know he’ll step up his game and make life for George tough.
Luis Scola is rested up, but who knows what he’ll provide. Jonas Valanciunas is the key to the Raptors playoffs run. Lowry and DeRozan will produce, but they need the big center to score easy buckets in the paint.
Ian Mahinmi and Lavoy Allen will likely start for the Pacers. Myles Turner will come off the bench and likely be a nightmare for Toronto. Turner should really be starting instead of Allen at PF, but for some reason he isn’t.
Verdict: Well, you have to give the Pacers a small edge at the forward and center positions. George is an elite talent, plus Mahinmi and Turner are playing well. Don’t expect the Pacers to win the rebounding battle, though.
Pacers vs. Raptors Free Series Predictions:
Sure, the Raptors have choked in the playoffs the past two years, losing in the first round both years. This is a more experience team because of those losses and they’re flat-out better than the Pacers.
Best Bet: Toronto Raptors to Win in 6 Games
Toronto are going to win this series in five or six games. Indiana are going to win one or two games at home, as the Raptors have had some trouble when playing in Indiana. However, the Raptors will advance.
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