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Pacers vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Wednesday, March 22nd
- Betting Odds TOR -8, IND +262 | TOR -337 O/U OFF
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 32-40, while going 38-33-1 vs the spread. Indiana will take the court having lost 2 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -13.0 in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Pacers were favored to win vs the Hornets. However, their 115-109 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Indiana let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Buddy Hield led the team in scoring with 20 points on a field goal percentage of 38.9%.
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 35-37, while going 36-35-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Toronto has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-0-1 against the spread.
The Raptors are coming off a game in which they lost to the Bucks by a score of 118-111. However, because they were the 7 point underdogs, they finished with an ATS push. Toronto was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 2. Leading the team in scoring was Fred VanVleet, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Pacers picked up the 118-104 win over the Raptors. The Pacers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 2.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Pacers have a record of 2-0 vs the Raptors. Last year, the Pacers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Raptors, averaging 99.75 points per game. While the Pacers struggled on offense in the series, the Raptors maintained their usual level of scoring at 110.75 vs Indiana. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Pacers hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just -1 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 215 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Pacers offense is rated 12th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.8 points per contest. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.8 made 3’s per game. If the Indiana offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Pacers offense has primarily worked through Buddy Hield and Bennedict Mathurin who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 72 games, Hield is 75th in the NBA at 17.1 points per game. So far, him and Mathurin have accounted for 28% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 33.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Bennedict Mathurin is grabbing 4.0 rebounds for Indiana to go along with 1.4 assists.
For the season, the Raptors offensive unit is ranked just 21st in scoring at 112.9 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.4 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 26th in the league in field goal percentage 45.7%.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Raptors are giving up an average of 107.1 points per game, good for 7th in the NBA.
On offense, Pascal Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring at 24.1 points per game, placing him 25th in the NBA. Overall, Siakam has hit 47.1% of his shots while accounting for 20.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 19.6 points per game, Fred VanVleet is the 2nd leading scorer for the Raptors. For the season, he is 108th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 40.0%.
Pacers vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +8
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF