Pacers at Raptors Prediction
The Raptors pulled off an impressive upset on Saturday night in Milwaukee but have a short turnaround as they’ll host the Pacers tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. With Toronto playing on zero rest and Indiana hot, are the Pacers a good bet to pull off a small upset?
7:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 6, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Raptors are 3-point favorites to beat the Pacers. The total, meanwhile, sits at 208.5 points and as of this writing, 51% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Raptors to cover the point spread.
Indiana Pacers Fantasy Spin
Myles Turner (sore right shoulder) is questionable vs. Toronto on Sunday. He had a big ice pack on his shoulder at practice on Saturday, and said he "didn't feel right" this morning. "Hopefully, I will be able to fight through it and play tomorrow, but it’s a long season," Turner said. "Gotta keep the long run in mind so we’ll see what happens." That quote makes it seem like they could be cautious, but this is a big game, of course. If he can't go, Kyle O'Quinn would be an auto-stream in deeper leagues or a DFS punt while Domantas Sabonis would have a higher ceiling.
Toronto Raptors Fantasy Spin
Kawhi Leonard helped lead the Raptors past the Bucks Saturday night, tallying 30 points (8-of-16 FGs, 12-of-15 FTs), six rebounds, six assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. In a matchup of the East's top two teams, the Raptors came out on top thanks in large part to the front court. Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka combined to score 85 points on the night, with the former bouncing back from a rough Thursday night in San Antonio. Having now scored 30 points or more in 11 games this season, Kawhi is expected to have the opportunity to back that up Sunday night vs. the Pacers. Should there not be any unexpected health issues, Leonard will be playing both ends of a back-to-back for the first time this season.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pacers are 20-8 against the spread in their last 28 games when facing teams from the Atlantic.
The Raptors are 12-4 against the number in their last 16 games when their starting five players combine for more than 160 minutes of the previous day.
The Pacers have been a bad bet to cover in Toronto, posting a 12-26 ATS record in their last 38 games in Toronto. But more importantly, the Raptors have covered the spread in eight of their last nine games when playing on no rest. Assuming Leonard plays tonight, the Raptors shouldn’t have much issue getting up for a hot Pacers team one night after upsetting the Bucks as a 6-point road dog. With Toronto confident again following a beatdown in San Antonio earlier in the week, I’ll lay the three points now that the number dropped past the key number of 4 (this line opened at 4.5).
Sunday NBA Prediction: Toronto Raptors -3