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Raptors vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Monday, January 2nd
- Betting Odds IND -2.5, TOR +116 | IND -140 O/U nan
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 16-20, while going 18-18-0 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Toronto is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Raptors took down the Suns by a score of 113-104. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 2 point favorites. Toronto went into halftime with a narrow 2 point lead before being able to slightly add to that margin by the games end. Leading the team in scoring was Gary Trent Jr., as he contributed 35 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 20-17, while going 22-15-0 vs the spread. The Pacers entered today’s game having picked up 3 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 8.33 points per game.
Indiana is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Clippers at home. With the 131-130 victory, they also covered the spread as 2 point underdogs. The Pacers made things more interesting than they hoped, as they gave back some of their 7 point halftime lead, by being outscored in the 2nd half. In the win, Myles Turner led the team in scoring with 34 points on a field goal percentage of 64.7%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Raptors averaged 110.75 points per game vs the Pacers. While the Raptors were able to maintain their usual level of production against Indiana, the Pacers averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 99.75. The Raptors have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 6 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 212 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 36 games, Toronto is averaging 111.3 points per game (24th). So far, the Raptors are averaging 97.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 22nd in made shots per game.
Defensively, the Raptors are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.1 points per contest (7th).
This season, the Raptors offense has primarily worked through Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 26 games, Siakam is 16th in the NBA at 26.5 points per game. So far, him and Anunoby have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, OG Anunoby is grabbing 5.8 rebounds for Toronto to go along with 2.2 assists.
The Indiana offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 8th ranked offense at 115.4 points per game. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.8 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.2 made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
Point-Guard Tyrese Haliburton currently leads the Pacers at 20.9 points per game. For the season, he is 85th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Haliburton is averaging 3.8 boards and 10.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 25th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Buddy Hield enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 17.9 and is 130th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Raptors vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under nan