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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-9) Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers (9-6)
Date: Sunday, January 24th
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -1.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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Sunday, January 24th finds the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers playing their first game of the 2020-21 season. It also marks the first time former Raptors assistant and friend of Nick Nurse will face each other as head coaches in the NBA.
The Pacers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 49 wins in 92 meetings. Last season, the clubs played four times with the Raptors winning three of the four contests in the regular-season series.
Since getting out to a poor 1-6 start this season the Raptors have since recorded a 5-3 record with two of those losses by a single point versus the Warriors and Blazers in a back-to-back set.
The other loss in that series occurred on Wednesday night versus the shorthanded Heat. Following that game head coach, Nick Nurse made it clear how disappointed he was by the effort and several Raptors players noted they were embarrassed.
Despite not having Kyle Lowry who is nursing a foot injury and is Toronto’s heart and soul, Nurse’s message came through loud and clear. The win was one of the most complete two-way efforts of the season.
Toronto built a double-digit lead but this time when the opponent erased the deficit the Raptors responded leading with their defensive effort and rebuilt the lead.
Pascal Siakam was questionable to play after injuring his groin in an awkward fall but suited up and delivered a double-double of 15 points with 14 rebounds (five offensive boards), plus five assists.
OG Anunoby was a standout with 21 points shooting 8 of 12 and 5 of 6 from deep plus four rebounds, an assist, and two steals.
Norman Powell (23), Fred VanVleet (13), and Terence Davis (12) were the other double-figure contributors while Aron Baynes had his best game primarily on the defensive end with two steals and two blocks plus six boards.
Lowry (foot) is questionable while Patrick McCaw (knee) remains out.
In contrast to Toronto, the Pacers jumped out to a 6-2 season start but are 3-4 in the last seven including their most recent overtime win versus the Magic.
The worst losses of the Pacers season occurred versus the Clippers and Mavericks. The common denominator in the defeats was the absence of Myles Turner.
He returned to play the Magic despite knowing he has a broken bone in his hand and made an immediate impact registering 22 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks while shooting 3 of 6 from deep.
Malcolm Brogdon led the scoring with 23 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer. Domantas Sabonis his 15th consecutive double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) and had nine assists.
In his second game back Jeremy Lamb was solid with 22 points and seven rebounds while Doug McDermott added 13 points. o find a wrap of some sort that would allow him to play while healing.
TJ Warren (foot surgery), and LeVert (kidney) are out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- TOR are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 vs. NBA Central.
- TOR are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Indiana.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
The impact of Turner can’t be underestimated and could be the x-factor for Indiana particulary with the Raptors early struggles at center.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +1.5
Through the last five games the Raptors rank fourth defensively and second on 3-point makes (17.2). In the same time frame the Pacers rank 20th defensively and 25th for perimerter defense.
Likely the teams split the two games and it’s a bit of a coin flip but Raptors are motivated to make up for their slow start.
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