Pacers vs. Raptors Prediction
In what could be a preview of the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Raptors will host the Pacers tonight at 7:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Raptors are 5-point home underdog versus the Pacers after the line opened at Toronto +4.5. As for the total, the number currently sits at 194.5 points.
The question tonight is whether or not Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will rest some of his best players. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan might receive some extra rest and despite DeMarre Carroll’s insertion back into the lineup, Toronto could struggle tonight if the team gives extra minutes to its backups.
On the other side, the Pacers are once again competitive mainly because Paul George has been phenomenal. He participated in only six games last season after suffering a nasty leg injury during the summer of 2014, but he’s now averaging a career-high 23.4 points per game this season. George has been a thorn in many opponent’s sides this season.
The Pacers are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games versus an opponent with a win percentage above .600 while the Raptors have dropped five of their last seven home games versus a team with a losing road record.
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